Monday, May 16, 2011

Plans for the week

Accomplished a lot this morning! Planted my onions and lettuce, and transplanted 2 bean plants. Wed, thurs and Friday mornings before noon I need to get my other section dug up for the rest of the beans, squash, cukes and other root veggies.

I'll try to upload pics when I get the other section done.  Right now I think expert gardeners would be turned off of what it looks like right now.

Planting the cukes in the ground last week seem to ward off anything that was trying to eat them while there were still in the containers.  They are doing fine planted next to the marigolds which are starting to bloom more each day also. 

I'm getting excited as I see the peas coming up which I'm told in this area they will do great here, and the beans will too, as I remember from the one pea plant and one bean plant I did last year.  I did 8 peas and 9 beans this year.  I am looking for a processing canner or I'll can them in vinegar in a water bath if I can't find one.  (A good excuse to get the processing canner is hubby doesn't like vinegar, and the peas would be great for the tuna salad he and dd do quite a bit.)

I'm taking on another caregiving job this week so I'll be having to get up earlier before Curves as the weather warms up to work out there.

Friday, May 6, 2011

What a day!

The other day I was getting discouraged when I walked out to my square foot garden area and saw that something ate one of my cukes.  One of my tomato plants it gone as well.   The weather was actually one of the best it had been but I was in no condition to work on it. (see my developing eagle wings blog and put the pieces together :) ).

So this morning I went out and harvested from my herb garden my rosemary, sage and English and French lavender.  I was surprised that when I was done putting them in the jars to make my bath oils that I filled all four jars that I had.  Now I need to go get some cheesecloth to cover the jars, and allergy pills for my husband. 

I feel renewed today with my garden.  I started Chamomile, Oregano, a second batch of Basil, and transplanted my Cilantro and planted a second batch of that also.   I still have four marigolds that I haven't planted in the garden yet to heed off the aphids that I think is what got to my cukes and the one tomato plant.  I put newspaper around both of the tomato plants that are out there as I was told deer would stay away. 

I really want to get a 5 ft high wire fence around this area of the garden to keep some animals out of it when I plant my root plants later this week.  Its going to be spendy and I'm trying to come up with an inexpensive way to do it.  The deer did leave my trellis alone, so I'm thinking that might be a good deterrent if  my cukes and peas last. 

Yes I feel like Noah did when he went to build the ark.  Granted I do have people who have treaded this path of Northwest Coast Gardening and we've all had tried and true experiences to find what really works.  We've got the climate for most of it as we are an even temperature all year around with the exception of mid July and early August.  Trust me its not an "I'll show them" attitude that I do this.  Its more out obedience to a call that I have.  And its more of my frustration that I share with my God as I ask Him "Are you sure I'm the one you want?"