Beautiful Day for Gardening!

Mother’s Day was good.

Today Hula Girl is 11 months old. Seriously? ELEVEN MONTHS already!? I can’t believe it… but it’s true. My little girl is growing up so fast.

Today is an absolutely gorgeous day. I have had every window in the house open all day long, and there has been a very nice, mild breeze since about 10 a.m. I have done about 7 loads of laundry today, and I’ve hung many things out on the line to dry, which they’ve done in about 20 minutes’ time. It’s a breezy, sunny, fantastic day, all in all. And I plan to spend the evening (after Hula Girl’s 8:00 p.m. bedtime) working in the garden.

Our garden is going well.

The good things about our garden- our pea plants are so tall that we are ready to thin them. They’re even sending out tendrils! Our kale plants are on their first set of true leaves. (The cotyledons on kale, interestingly, look like four-leaf clovers!) We are going to be raking chicken poop into our soil this afternoon/evening. I am SO excited about this. It means we’re almost officially ready to start planting seeds! Our seedlings, which we started in the garage a few weeks back, are so-so. Some are awesome (roma tomatoes, for example), and some just haven’t sprouted (rosemary).

The bad things about our garden- we have a LOT of weeding to do right now. See, our entire front yard is rocks. Our land lady decided it was too much hassle to have tenants keep up a lawn out there, so she put in rocks. (Jonathan also mentioned that xeriscaping is quite popular these days as it can add up to $10,000 to your property value. Not sure I believe that one-who wants ROCKS and cacti?) Anyway, with the addition of said rocks, one is supposed to have put down a layer of black plastic material to stop anything from growing. Our land lady is an economist, however, and she felt this step not only costly, but unnecessary. So we have weeds. Lots and lots of weeds. Ugh. It almost looks like a large garden. It also looks trashy.

The back yard is another story entirely. It’s really coming in nicely! There are only a few true dirt patches. We have now added another layer of fertilizer (done by me, by hand last night-ha!) and have spread new grass seed in the bare patches (which really are shrinking). The grass itself is quite green now that we’ve been consistent about watering. There are a few weeds popping up here and there, but I have actually chosen to allow some of them to stay- they have REALLY pretty morning glory-type flowers, and I think it looks rather idyllic to have beautiful white flowers sprinkled throughout the yard each morning. The other weeds, like dandelions and lamb’s ears, have got to go. Actually, I think all the dandelions are gone for now. I’m sure we’ll fight them all summer long.

I also plan to sprinkle some wildflower mix along the walkway from our driveway to our gate and in the planter box under Hula Girl’s window. We were contemplating putting melons or squash in the planter box, but it is really close to the house, and we’ve sprayed for insects there, and who knows what else seeps out of the foundation of the house. I’d rather not eat food from that particular section of dirt.

I will be taking some “before” photos today, so be prepared to witness the mess that we’re dealing with. I can’t wait to post “before” and “after” photos at the end of summer. (I have visions of grandeur here… allow me to hope!)

Check back tomorrow for those pictures and leave me your best gardening wisdom or quotations (I want to post cutesy garden signs in and around my garden).

2 Comments

  1. Chelsea said,

    May 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Yay for gardening! We are probably going to be moving into our place too late in the summer to get one going this year, but it is on th agenda. I know we will be in completely different climates, but I will be watching to see what is successful and what is not! And I agree with the rocks comment….I get that it is low maintenance, but REALLY? That makes sense to me if you literally live in a place where nothing will grow. The place we rent has rock in the back, but its not really a yard, just a dog run. I can deal with that (it faces the alley anyways). But….front lawn? Hmm…

    In more important news, HAPPY 11 months, Hula Girl! πŸ™‚

    • May 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      You never know… you have a very nice picture window in case you want to move some of that gardening indoors. I hear African Violets are lovely. πŸ™‚ And thank you for the birthday wishes to my Hula Girl! She received them with a squirm, as is her style these days!


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