So, I don't have a lot of space. I decided to actually LEAVE half of the space unused, I will just cut back the heavy overgrowth. Two reasons, we really don't need a lot of space because I would just plant too much (veggies) and then we would have too much to use! Another reason is due to the fact that there is an ABUNDANCE of Yellow Jackets who are nesting at the far end of this area and I really don't have a problem with them as they can be very beneficial and they are not bothering me so I will leave well enough alone.
I planted the basils, the garlic chives, some radishes and sweetpeas. Put in some sugar snap peas (I checked the dates and this is JUST the right time for me to get them in the ground, we will get a second harvest of the radishes! YAAAY!) and some regular chives (couldn't pass up the price on the seeds!). Now all I need to do is build a trellis, I have been promised some blades and a power cord as I have the wood I want to use. I am planning on a Japanese Style to the trellis...
May 24, 2007 | 9:36 AM PST
, Bird Feeder
I can't deny them the cherries but DAMMIT will they leave me some? I sat out on my patio this morning drinking some coffee (should have had the cam I guess, will make note *take cam out on patio more*) just looking out at the yard...and what do I see, a BEAUTIFUL Blue Jay (why I should have had the cam) sitting on the edge of one of the edged beds, little pretty #@!$ cocks his head, looks at me, hopped up in the cherry tree and proceeded to PIG OUT. Fine, I keep threatening to get a bird feeder..I WILL, now, haha. Save The Cherries! I saw a hummingbird yesterday, he stopped...still...looking right at me, I swear he said "So, wheres the hummingbird feeder you been promising?". Fine, I heed the birds but as there are *rats with furry tails* AKA Squirrels, I will have to get something for THEM as well. Geeze, it never ends, feed the birds, feed the squirrels...feed the cats...dang, lol.
Now, you would think, "Hey, Seattle...Rain!", right? Not so much, this is not quite the rainy place people think it is. Kind of odd to explain as we did get 33 days of rain in a row last year, but when it gets dry, it gets dry. It finally decided to rain properly last weekend. For those who are unbelievers about it being dry here, EVER, take a look at this pic of our yard and tell me that is not dry, hehe...
So, I have a fish tank that I consider my growing tank, it has an interesting array of plants but so far I love the bamboo!
I had to share a pic of 'Bonk!' and how much he loves it too! He is an African frog and I named him Bonk! because when I had him in the big tank he would swim very fast to the top, grab some air then Bonk! hit the bottom nose first, hehe. He is much happier being in my plant breeding tank now, as you can see :D
May 8, 2007 | 5:04 PM PST
, Garlic chives
, Globe Basil
Oh, how I wish you could tell what they were when they first sprout...bet I am not alone in the fact that for some reason I get so busy with seeds, transplanting and whatnot that I sometimes don't think, HEY, I put these in the same container. Hm, they are in rows, but which side was which? Well, shall be a few before I know which side is Parsley and which side is Garlic chives! I didn't even worry about the basil's either and they will take even LONGER to tell which is Provencal and which is Globe, haha.....think I would learn? Hell no, bet I do it NEXT year too!
May 7, 2007 | 1:44 PM PST
salad leaf basil
, globe basil
, triple curled parsley
, garlic chives
, Provencal Basil
I sowed some salad leaf basil, globe basil, garlic chives and triple curled parsley about a week ago and I have sprouts! I know the basils are up but in the other box (I like to use the cardboard flats like you get bottled water in) I am not sure if it is the parsley or the chives that are starting to come up yet! I would take pics, but as those here know, they don't look like anything yet. I will be sharing these a lot, I am sure...something came over me and I sowed the whole dang pack of seeds...all of them...some scattered here and there in the yard as well! We shall see what comes up. As for Basil, I take it when it gets heavy growth, chop it up and freeze it in cubes with just enough water to create 'basil cubes', bag them up and have fresh basil year round. I don't think it dries all that well...I have a few requests for baby herbs so guess that will help a bit...or I will be standing downtown with a tray of herbs asking for people to adopt them! No, worse case scenario and craigslist will get that listing (bring own dirt and pot!), hehe.