Thursday, May 13, 2010

This and That…

Do you have times when you know you should be getting a ton of things done… because your life is going to get really busy very quickly… but you just can’t seem to get your head organized or your self out of your own way?

Yep that’s me right now.

We are having new windows put in next Tuesday.  We had the first floor done last July and are finishing up the rest of the house now. 

But that means I have to finish putting away (and sorting through) the rest of the stuff we hauled out of the attic storage and left in my sewing studio.  The engineer has finished sorting through his stuff… so I need to make decisions on the rest of the boxes and bins. 

It’s been raining a lot over the past week… and on the days it wasn’t raining it was windy.  No - not just windy… it was WINDY!  Between the wind and the rain and my work schedule – I haven’t gotten the rest of the plants in the ground. 

The Engineer and I made my T-Poles for the garden this past weekend.  And look they are waiting in our new shed which was delivered between the wind and rain one day.

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There are 3 T-Poles – they will go at either end and one in the middle of one of the raised beds.  A heavy duty wire will connect at both ends of the T running down the length of the beds.  You then hang wire or string off of these down to your tomato plants (or other climbing plants) who then wrap or climb the string.  But The Engineer wants to get a post auger and cement… it’s never easy… never

Which is fine because I need to order new sand and peat moss to add to the boxes.  Everything settled last year and I’ve only got about half of what I’d like in there… so I’ll top them off before planting this year.

These first two boxes have the strawberry plants… both inside and outside the boxes.  (That’s the new shed in the background) 

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I had so many runners last year that had leaped out of the boxes - I was giving them away and finally throwing them away.

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I’m going to have more strawberries than I can shake a stick at.  I’ll be freezing a lot of them and hopefully making some jam.  After this season I’m going to take all the strawberries out of these two boxes and move them to a shallower box I’ll build along one side of the garden.

Rather than plant my corn in the boxes again this year I was going to plant in this area.  So a couple months ago I covered this area with clear plastic and edged it with boards.  The idea is that it will have a solar effect – heat will build up - the grass will die and then I could till it up and plant.  Some how my grass didn’t know that was the plan… it just kept growing.  I finally had to take the plastic off and mow.  We’ve mowed 3 times.  The only place grass died was where the boards were.

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Then last week I hauled the plastic over into the middle of the yard so that the rain could dry off and I could fold it up.  Do you see this spot?garden 5-13 011 This is what happened to the grass that was under the plastic for just a couple hours!  Yeah… a couple hours.  The other area was covered for weeks.  This actually looks better in this picture today as the grass looks like its coming back in… last week it was very brown.  I’m not even going to try and understand… really.

I want to turn this 7 x 8 foot stone area into my herb garden.  This is a picture from early last summer.  The previous owners used a patio set on these stones.  I’ll either rake all the stones to the edges and box in a 3 x 4 foot area in the middle or rake the stones into the middle and plant along the 4 sides… yet another decision to make.

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I’ve got a bag of clothes I need to try on and then get rid of because they probably don’t fit.  I’d like to say I got taller… but that’s just not the case.  I thought maybe spending a couple years in storage would make them grow but I’m not holding out much hope for that either… maybe I should just save myself the grief and get rid of them.

And then there is Spring Cleaning… I do need to clean my house… really… because my Dad is coming to visit!  He’s coming out for a couple weeks.  He thinks it’s a vacation but I’m gonna put him to work helping me get some of this planting stuff done.  He grew up on a farm in Kansas… surely he’s an ole pro at growing stuff.

And the kids will come in to see him while he’s here… which means I can’t hide anything as I’m cleaning… and I’ll need the bed up in the studio too… so I do have to finish up there…

All this stuff to do and I’d really rather just go take a nap…


Lori said...

Lots of stuff growing a your house! Although the grass is green,and the trees somewhat leafed out, it's COLD! RAINY~! I have the HEAT on! sigh Where is summer??

Diane said...

I'd need a nap too with all the stuff you've got going on! We had the winds here in west. Pa too-crazy and cold. I wonder if that means we're in for a sizzler of a summer, something else to ponder, or maybe not.

KASEYSMOM65 said...

Good grief....I need a nap just reading about your life right now! We had the winds last week and then turned the heat back on in the evenings this week. Too many varmits in my yard and I don't feel like being Mrs. Elmer Fudd this year so I'm going to live vicariously through your gardens, ok??

Mama Koch said...

I want some of those strawberry runners! It's been so cold here I can't get mine started.

Everything looks good. It's finally greening up here too.

smiledarlin said...

DOn't throw away anymore strawberry plants- I will take them.
I can help with whatever you need...
See ya soon.

Anonymous said...

you sure do make work for yourself !!!

The plant beds look great. Maybe you could have a little plant stand . It was very windy here too. Really slowed down my yard work. I'm beginging to really hate gardning , I'd rather have a gardner and just watch things grow. I'll take a nap for you ! LOL !