Sunday, April 22, 2012

Garden Work

Oh man what a mess my gardens were after a year of neglect!

I’ve spent a little time out pulling weeds here and there in the front garden beds – wild onions have taken over and I’ve easily pulled a dozen butterfly bush startups.  The Engineer and I cut back the two overgrown butterfly bushes a couple weeks ago… couldn’t walk past one on one side nor drive past the other on the other side – that’s how bad it was.  The chickweed is terrible around the pond… I may just cover it with plastic and hope that smothers it out – the winter wasn’t cold enough to kill it…. hmmm maybe a torch if all else fails?

Out back at the raised beds I needed some help…

overgrown garden beds

I went through a couple weeks ago and pulled the overgrown grassy weeds hanging in the beds out and pushed them over into the paths.  It was clear I was going to need some help pulling the weeds and finishing the clean up.  I have 4 raised beds… they are 12” tall and measure 2’ wide x 16’ long.  In the picture above – the two on the far right have strawberries, the next one currently has leftover onions and at the end of the box is sage and oregano.  The box on the far left with the T-poles is for tomatoes.  We built these boxes back in May of 2009 – and added the T-poles in May of 2010.  We have a fella we hire when we need a little extra help getting things done – great guy and a hard worker.  I couldn’t have gotten this all cleaned up myself.  First some before pictures…

overgrown strawberry dandelionStrawberry bed #1

overgrown strawberry bedStrawberry bed #2overgrown tomato bedother 2 beds

overgrown onion bedMy daughter put out some onion sets last year when she was here with me – then the weeds came and I didn’t pull but a few.  These are what have come back this year.  My overgrown sage plant is at the far end with an oregano plant coming up just this side of it.  Amongst the weeds in this strawberry bed there was a rabbit nest – there were bunnies in this a couple weeks ago when I first worked out here but they were up and gone within a few days of my finding them.

cleaned reinforced bedsNice and clean!  The strawberry beds needed some reinforcing – something we apparently did with the other 2 beds before.  The Engineer added the boards on the outside at the joint and added some rebar spikes that we can screw to the boards on the inside.  The wooden spikes we used originally to build the beds a few years ago had rotted out in several spots.

cleaned beds (2)We will be building a new bed for the strawberries which will run in the other direction at the far end of these current beds.  I’ll collect the new runners this year and put them over there and then the strawberries will be pulled and we will backfilled to bring the dirt level up again so they can be planted with other stuff.

cleaned beds (1)

I’m not sure how long I’ll give these onions to get going – lots of leaves but not much bulbs yet… maybe getting my watering system in will help.

Still lots to do…

Friday, April 13, 2012

Yoga Ain’t for Sissy’s…

I went to a Yoga class yesterday at the gym… and I’m here to tell ya… Ow… LOL.

These things I know…

  • I’ll get over my aches and pains – Tylenol will help
  • I will go back – but once a week is probably more than enough for awhile
  • I think I need to take Greek lessons so that I understand what the instructor is saying… do what? LOL

My sister is here visiting today and we are going to do a bit of shop hopping around to the Lancaster Area quilt shops… like we need fabric… LOL!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Design Wall Monday 4-9-12

I am happy to say that this is finished… It’s the quilt from my last DWM post.  It’s called Twisting With the Stars by Little Louise Designs.

Twisting Stars 03

Here is a closer look at the border ribbon detail.

Twisting Stars 04

Amazing that the quilt above started out looking like this.

Twisting Stars 01

I am so happy to be quilting again… last year at this time I had a whole different existence.  Only good thing about that time of year is that my daughter and grandkids were here taking care of me!

Check out what other quilters are working on this week at Judy L’s Design Wall Monday post today.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Design Wall Monday 4-2-12

Monday all over again!

Today’s project is from a pattern called Twisting With The Stars from Little Louise Designs.

I know this picture doesn’t show much.  I have one block with all the components but not sewn completely yet… but I had to see the star before I continued with getting the other blocks going.

Twisted Stars 02

This was one of the patterns I picked up at the AQS Lancaster Quilt Show a couple weeks ago.  It’s designed to use Layer Cakes (10” precuts) or Jelly Rolls (2 1/2” strips).  The pattern showcases some beautiful bright fabrics… but since I had no precuts I just grabbed a bunch of my Black & White FQ’s and cut what I needed.

A few of these B&W’s go way back… long before I was really careful about the quality of fabric I bought.  With a strong light I wonder if one couldn’t see right through some of these.  I probably should try and cull my collection – but I’m a sucker for the print design and the last time I tried to weed out FQ’s I only came up with one… LOL

Be sure to go check out other Design Wall Monday posts at Judy L’s Patchwork Times.