We had a warm, windy weekend, and I had lots to do. We got the tiller going last week, and I tilled up one of the garden patches, took some of the 'tired' soil out of my big tubs to be replaced with "good stuff". I need to add fertilizer in the bed and lime in the tubs. Tomatoes need lime to keep from getting blossom end rot:
I cut the last cabbage in this plot, and cut off some of the outer leaves. Peanut likes raw cabbage leaves, too:
He eats all kinds of raw vegetables-who knew! At least he doesn't go through the garden chomping on them! I'm only starting on the other bed. I will plant my beans, peppers & eggplant in that patch. My onions are coming up!
I transplanted seedlings into bigger pots and they will go in the ground in about 2 weeks. We are having really mild weather, but they are still so small, I don't want to risk it.
Their roots are coming through! They look kind of windblow-because they are!! We had strong winds, but I set them out of the way, and the wind will make them stronger.
AND, I have a new CAT! My vet had a cat that someone dropped off at their back door in a box about 2 months ago. A family had adopted her, but it didn't work out with small kids. She was fixing to go to the pound to be put down-She is so BIG! I think I will call her Fancy Pants. She is very, very loveable, and I think she & Peanut will get along. He likes cats-and Fancy doesn't run or back down from him, so eventually they will be friends.
I will take some pictures through out the town in the next few days. I have seen the Ornamental Magnolias blooming & some quince-and this morning on my way to work, I noticed the willows in the roadside ditches are leafing out. We are supposed to be in the 70's still, for the next week-AND-the Boiled Crawfish signs are showing up around town-so spring is here! :)))
Yesterday evening I sat on the patio (68 degrees @ 5:30) I pondered the following: The black birds are obnoxious, more so than the pigeons...Peanut wears his little legs out chasing them; this is an early morning photo:
If I could shoot them, I'd make a jambalaya. There are also cardinals, chickadees, finches & sparrows. More pine cones than I can count. A zillion gum balls are ready to fall from the neighbor's tree, and drupes are showing on his cedar tree. A distant neighbor's magnolia is putting out the new brown leaves. The Red wing blackbirds are singing, before Peanut attacks. Right now he is happily chewing his chew stick (puppy pacifier).
I see the beginning of gladiola shoots that I didn't dig up-it is time to plant the bigger bulbs-Cabbage still to be picked-maybe I'll make egg rolls tomorrow.
Tulips are up in their pot, the freezes haven't fazed them at all:
I have several seedlings up in my seed tray. Only about 3 weeks from putting them in the ground. No flower pics, only my pansies are blooming right now, and they don't look too pretty. We will be in the 70's every day for the rest of the week, so things should be a-bursting soon!
High today in the 50's-it was 26 last night, and will be again tonight. Rob Robin, our local Weathr GuRu (yes, that is his real name!), says we're probably done with the real cold stuff-spring is on schedule, and we will be in the 70's by next Wednesday! Yay-Dancing on the Ceiling!!! Several things have big, fat buds on them, so a week of warm weather should get them busting out-and I will take pictures.
No pics, today. The yard is ugly and brown, except for the wild oxalis, which is coming up everywhere. My cabbages are still in the garden, and slightly purple/brown around the edges, but I think they're ok. I pulled about 5 radishes yesterday, and they were pithy, and earthy tasting, but they will survive also. I have discovered that Peanut likes raw broccoli and radish. He also will steal green beans when I pick them, and raw carrots. A vegetarian dog! Pansies are not doing too well this year, but the petunias should put on a good show. They have survived the cold, and should be in full bloom by March.
Last night I started seeds-again. I bought a small starter tray, and started several tomatoes I got in a trade, also eggplant, cucumbers, daturas, bell peppers & some marigolds. I already have 2 tomatoes up from my first attempt, and one datura. I want to start several things to sell at my spring yard sale. I hope I have enough house plants survive that I can start several of those, too. I have many in the house, a LOT in the garage, and the shed is stuffed to the door. No heat in the shed, I am concerned that I will probably lose plenty again, and those that do survive will take a long time to come back.
We're going to have a beautiful weekend, so maybe I'll get some good pictures to post Monday-Have a great weekend!
It's supposed to warm up to 40 today, but I don't think it's gonna make it. Dang It! -I have no heat in my shed or garage-I can hear plants dying from here. I'm gonna bring some out of the shed into the house and just stack them around I guess. Peanut will patrol for stray lizards, so I'll feel safe (lol). We are supposed to have below freezing temps at night for 4-5 days in a row. That's a lot for us, and it looks like some days won't get above freezing. I fear for some of my "in the ground" plants. I didn't have the money for extra mulch this year, and I only covered a few things. I had buds on my hydrangea and clematis. New growth on the rose bushes-My baby spinach was just getting eating size. The cover blew off my Bird of Paradise and it looked 'crispy' this morning. The Petunias were full of buds and I just planted some more broccoli after pulling the old plants.
My iris' are putting on a lot of new growth, and now they're in 6 inches of ice. I sure hope they survive! My Ti's look REAL bad. I'm wondering if I should cut the rest of my cabbage. They can stand freezing for a few hours-but a few days? I don't think so. It'd better warm up soon! It's time to plant potatoes in the South!! And in less than 6 weeks time to plant everything!
Stay warm, Peeps! I do NOT have enough clothes to put on!