I am so tired right now. It's 1:02 and my daughter is still awake. Hannah ended up falling asleep in my arms really late and slept for over 2 hours. We're now so out of wack, plus I couldn't sleep last night and didn't fall asleep until sometime after 4:45 a.m. (that was the last time I looked up at the clock). Yuck! I hate when this happens!!
In gardening news, I did a bunch of digging out in the flower garden today to continue my battle with the evil "ClaySoil" and encountered it's evil siblings "Rock", "Boulder" and "Gravel". I have some picture of the progression of my fight and removal of the evil "Boulder".
The above picture is my first encounter with "Boulder". Shovel in place and ready for action......
Ta-Dah! I was successful in the "Battle of the Tomato Bed". He was a brute, but I persevered!
My seeds inside. They are Zucchini, Cucumbers, and Broccoli (top to bottom). I have to transplant the Zucchini already due to the fact that the roots have already grown through the bottom. I hope to do that soon since I don't want them to die off due to cramped quarters.
Ah, the above picture is my "dead" Alyssum. It just fell over. This picture really doesn't show what it looked like the first day it happened. This was a day or two after they all "fell down". I have NO idea why they did that. It didn't seem to be "dampening off" . Anyway, I will just plant them outside from now on too.
Well, I gotta head to bed. Hope all is well with everyone!
Hannah and I had a wonderful time outdoors today. I dug rock, after rock, after rock out of one spot in my garden and now I know why nothing would grow in that particular spot last year!! There were 3 really large rocks that I pulled out of there and countless softball-baseball-gravel sized rocks as well. I took the shovel to that area (shown below on the "Progress 2009" photo below, circled in green) and couldn't dig an inch into the soil in spots with out hitting a rock! Oh-My, how on earth did I ever think that something would grow there (not to mention the dense clay soil). It's an areaapproximately 3' X 4'.
My back is sore, but I am hooked! I can't wait to get back there and dig tomorrow! More rocks in store for me, oh-yipee! I think that I will be almost ready to add the horse manure to that spot I worked today (composted, but not stirred for about 3 years). I will have to make sure that most (hopefully all) the rocks are out and that the soil is loose. I also need to find out what other "coarse" things I can add to the clay soil to help it out this year. I was thinking that pine needles may help break up the clay soil, but I am not sure. I want to make sure it will help and not hinder my efforts.
My seeds I started indoors are doing okay. I did have a slight problem with the Allysum seeds I started (don't ask me why I decided to start them inside, I think my mommy brain was the culprit). They seemed to sprout just fine, but the day after they came out and were looking good, most of them fell down. They didn't seem to have dampening (I don't remember if this is even the right word, but it's when they rot at the base of the sprout and die due to too much moisture in the soil. I learned all about that last year, it's one of my trial and errors). They just look like they fell down. Nothing bumped them and the other "tiny" seeds are doing halfway okay. I will take a picture tomorrow to show and explain more then.