Ducks and Gardening

They don’t hang out near the patio as much as Maddie and Mabel, but this morning they thought they’d check in.

Despite dire warnings of a very, very cold Mother’s Day, I planted about half of my tomatoes today. They were getting leggy and I worried they’d be difficult for my petsitter to take care of while I’m away.  The water tents should keep them safe.  These five are all San Marzano.

The other three tomatoes will have to wait for friends to bring over their walls-of-water and some pots. They’re moving this summer, so no garden. It was decided I’d plant enough for all of us. Excited to have my little garden be a “co-op.”

I’m leaving the peppers inside until I’m sure it will be warm enough, even though I have walls-of-water for them, too. Ground is still unseasonably cold.

The front yard is looking stunning with all the bulbs (this is but a few). None of which I planted and all survived the cardboard/mulch arrangement. Actually, they seemed to thrive.

That’s it for now. On the road for the rest of the week, but I’ll check in with any fun recipes we might make along the way.

Until then…


IMG_4766 (1600x1060)Homer strikes a heroic pose atop the liftgate on Mrs J’s Escape.

We’ve begun potting our container herb and veggie garden.  It’s just a tad early for the parking lot spring gardening arrays to reach full stock, there are several items we are lacking but I’m sure they will show up shortly.DSC_4567 (1600x1060)We are going to have to buy a lot more potting soil before we are done with all the planting we contemplate.

I have managed to get the tomato garden tilled after a few days without rain and some wind allowed it to dry up.IMG_4730 (1600x1060)Here’s a puppy with one blue eye, she’ll be a big dog – a German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix.  There are seven in the litter, four females and three boys. They are eight weeks old.IMG_4727 (1600x1060)And a couple of boy kittehs The mother is a real talker, per Mrs J, a dilute calico, very pretty.  She is scheduled for neutering this week.

New Patio

We’ve been redoing the front concrete patio and the front and side decks.  We tore out the wooden decks and are going back with concrete and adding new walks from the garage down to the house.

The yard is all torn up and there are assorted piles of rubble and debris.  We managed to save most of the treated lumber in the wooden decks, there is a good amount of 1″x6″ treated decking and a lesser number of 2″x6″ planks.

The new walks are something we have been wanting for a good long time.  They will let us roll a cart full of groceries or whatnot from the garage straight into the house without needing to climb any steps in between.  We are getting older and the trips carrying bags and sacks to the kitchen are getting old too.

Bitsy is enjoying the changes, she has been exploring all the new stuff.  Toby is scared of it all.

I’ve been having fun putting together patio “furniture” using the old deck wood.  I’ve even been reusing the screws that held it together.  I was thinking about a long raised bed to replace the containers we use until I calculated the amount of expensive store bought potting mix it would take to fill it and decided to do a sturdy bench where the various containers we have could be placed at a handy elevation for daily tending.  The memory of the cherry tomato plant outgrowing the cage we had for it had me thinking about a way to do that  better this year.

The bench is 6 feet long  by a foot and a half wide and stands about 2 feet tall.  I have 2 jalapenos  and basil as fresh plantings to go with thyme, chives, and oregano that made it through the winter.  The tomato is the “Sweet 100″ hybrid cherry that will grow into the 18” diameter, 5 foot tall wire cage – knock on wood.  I already see where the next bench will go, and hope to make it just a little prettier.  I’m just learning to do this as I go.

Container Tomato-Our Newest Mascot

After the rain blew through the cold front behind it settled in.  We woke this morning to blustery weather-cold, windy, and overcast.  I bought a cherry tomato plant at the garden store yesterday and was wanting to plant the thing today.  No way I was going out to the big garden, though.  I had considered potting the thing in a container and the weather today tipped the balance.

I don’t know what kind of tomato it is, really.  I was hurried and just bought the thing on a whim-all I remember was the picture on the rack above it was of a cherry tomato will a full load of tiny tomatoes hanging from it.  The closest to a name I can remember is “hybrid, red”.  LOL

It looks fine now, I’ll keep updates coming throughout the season.  It can be a new mascot.