Seed Companies, Designs, and More Snow

Eventually, he will guard the garden

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Waning Moon in Scorpio
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cold

The snowpack has momentarily melted –but more snow is expected on Sunday. I might just stay in bed.

Over on Ink in My Coffee, Lori asked if I would share my garden design at some point. Well, because most of it is container gardening (since I’m renting), only the set-aside vegetable bed is really designed — I’m doing some research as to how I should arrange what I’ve got, I’ll prepare the bed in spring, and then plant (and mark) in rows.

I’ve got forsythia bushes on either side of the garage, and a mix of rhododendron and azalea in the front. There’s a lilac on the side of the house (to the right if you’re in it, to the left if you’re looking at it), and some rose bushes along one side of the house. On the other side are more rhododendron, a big wooden wheel on which I hope to trail morning glories and moonflowers, and (according to Costume Imp) some iris. There’s a small holly bush in the back, along with hosta and some herbs and some stuff I don’t recognize, and pine, oak, and cedar tree. There’s a flowering almond somewhere.

All of those came with the property.

I have my Alberta spruce trees flanking the front door, and I need to get them into bigger pots before they start new growth. I want them to be happy. Eventually, when I own a place, I want to stick them into the ground, so they can be really happy!

I’ll have tomatoes and basil in large pots on deck, and I’m thinking about smaller pots of herbs on the edges of the deck steps (that means 12 matching pots). There’s a flat expanse in the middle of the back yard. If I can find a bird bath at a thrift shop, I may put that up and then flank it with containers. The strawberry plants will be in hanging baskets on the deck.

I’m sure I will move everything around a dozen times before I’m satisfied.

I’m logging in the seeds. I’m irritated with both Eden Brothers and Territorial Seed Company, because the back of the seed packet has some generic marketing claptrap instead of information on the actual seeds in the packet. I don’t like that. I’m sure their position is that they provide seeds for seasoned gardeners and one can look stuff up on the web site or somewhere else, but if I’m going to pay their prices (which are higher than Johnny’s), then they can provide individual instructions on the packets. The seeds better produce 100%. 😉

As soon as it gets mild enough and dry enough to work outside, I’ll start preparing the vegetable bed and muck out the oook that didn’t compost all the way around the shrubs. That way, it’ll be clean so I can – am I composting? Fertilizing? Mulching? I have to go look it up. I’m pretty sure I’m composting.

The indoor plants are pretty happy with all the sunlight, but pretty soon, I’ll repot what needs to be repotted and clean the pots, so I can use them after I start the seeds, but before I put the new plants outside.

It’s an adventure!


The Kindness of Neighbors

Saturday, December 25, 2010
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month: Birch

I’m used to apartment life. Yes, I had to shovel out the car in the parking lot, because the plow’s idea of plowing the lot was to scrape the center and bank all the snow against the backs of all the cars. I knew it would be different in a house. However, I thought I could ease into it.

But I was taken unaware, last weekend, when we had a foot of snow. I had a shovel, but it was heavy, wet snow, and I knew it was too much for me to handle.

I knew that one of the neighbors down the street runs a plow business, so I was strapping on my boots and shrugging into my coat, planning to traipse down the street, knock on the door, and see if he could fit me in at some point in the day.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the door to find that two of my neighbors brought over their snowblowers and plowed me out — just because!

Now that’s what I call Christmas Spirit!

Have a Merry one, everyone!


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