Today we are having great weather 25+ degrees C (75+degrees F) . The whole rest of the week and into the weekend is supposed to be nice too. Hannah and I are staying busy planting more seeds. Suddenly I feel like I have fallen behind on that. I was wishing for summer get here, but now I am trying to get all my "spring" stuff finished.
The seeds are doing well. I will be transferring some more seeds into larger peat pots soon. Also I will start hardening my plants that I have kept indoors at night to get them used to the outside temp.
I am still trying to figure out what is getting some of my seeds. I planted some sunflower seeds and the next day they were eaten (they were cracked open and sitting in the dirt). I will just have to plant sunflowers inside then transplant them outside once they've grown a bit.
Hannah got her glasses today (she's only 17 months old). She is wearing them pretty well. She will wear them for a few hours at a time, then get kind of picky and want them off. We will just have to keep them on and soon she will get used to it. I am so lucky that she is this good with them.
I have definitely learned a lot about growing plants from seed indoors this spring and have become successful in doing an adequate job of it. I have prepared my outdoor garden carefully, amending the soil, cleaning out the winter mess, and designing new flower beds. When the time was right I planted my outdoor seeds, watered and watched. The weather has warmed and I was so happy to see sprouts in the flower beds. Thats the end of my "dreamy" spring. Something is eating my seedlings!!! I don't know what. About a week ago I noticed what I thought to be cat paw prints/impressions in my garden close to where I had planted some seeds. I passed it off as that, but when I saw the cat walk though the garden and he left no impressions. I was worried and thought, "It can't be....nooooooooooooo", something was getting my seeds. I decided to wait it out and keep watering and planting more seeds in proper spots. So, sure enough a few seedlings begin to emerge, boy 'o boy was I happy!! "They've made it!" I thought!! So, super excited I went on with gardening. The next day I went out with Hannah to check on my other "babies" and to my horror they were gone. "Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?" I wanted to scream!! What could possibly be torturing me? Killing my innocent little babies??
PLEASE, IF ANYONE KNOWS WHAT CAN BE GETTING MY BABIES, PLEASE HELP!! ALSO WHAT I MAY DO TO STOP THEM?!
I am planning on setting up my husbands "Game Cam", a camera made for capturing picture of wildlife using motion sensors. Last year I caught the "Beast" eating my wild Columbine tops off standing on it's hind legs. I couldn't figure out exactly what it was. In the end (after catching it in a live trap) we figured that it was a pack rat. We ended up catching at least 6 or more last summer (needless to say I had a terribly hard time keeping any flower for too long and was VERY frustrated).
Above is the picture of the "Beast" that was eating my flowers last year caught on camera by my husbands "game cam".
Above is one of the many "Beasts" that attacked my garden. Also known as a Pack Rat, notice I caught him using tin foil as they love shiny things.
We have had really strange weather for the past two days. It'll rain, get windy, then get super sunny and hot out, next we'll get hail. Yesterday it was raining/hailing on one half of my house and not on the other for like 10 or more minutes, it was weird! Only half my garden ended up getting watered substantially.
I hope everyone is getting great gardening weather!
I was so angry today. My Mother-in-Laws cat knocked the seed container off of my porch (luckily it didn't go all the way down on the far side). It landed on my porch. Most of the seeds were okay, however the ones that I was really happy about (the Rose Mallow, I believe also looks a lot like hollyhocks) got totally taken out. Smashed beyond repair. I will have to get some more started soon. Boy 'O boy I was so mad!!! The others are okay I think. (Fingers crossed.....XX)
*Above are the seedlings in the seedling container. The ones that were "murdered" are in the very back. Oh, it still gets me fire up just writing about it now!*
I also had a question if anyone knows much about the plant Thunbergia Vine or "Black-Eyed Susan Vine"? I planted some seeds indoors and outdoors and was wondering what people thought of the plant and how well it started from seed. I have never heard of this plant, but love the description and picture and am looking forward to seeing grow and climb in my garden.
Above is the cucumber and zucchini plants I started from seed. They are doing well!
The weather is getting better! We had about 72 degree weather today ( I love it, I love it, I love it!!) and I got lots of work done while the little one was napping.
Hannah is getting better, the fever is down, but she now has a slight rash on her chest and under her neck and is still fussy. She went for her first wheel-barrow ride today and loved it. She was so cute! The same cat mentioned above even rode with her in the wheel-barrow. I wish I could have got a picture of that, but didn't have the camera with me.
I also have new great pictures of a resident squirrel and more cute Chippie photos! You can check more out in my photo albums.
This is a little squirrel I saw 2 days ago and again today. It's so cute!
Below are pictures of one of the two Chipmunks that live in my backyard. I love to watch them running around and sun bathing. They're cute.....
I've got a sick 17 month old w/ a 102-degree fever and I haven't done/seen much today. The humming birds found the feeder. Also, some of my seeds are sprouting in my garden, I sure hope the frost doesn't get 'em though. Pictures and updates later, once Hannah feels better. We're gonna go to the doctor tomorrow, so hopefully she's just got a little bug.