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Sunday, March 29, 2015

A huge new project



When the builders built the road in front of our house (before our house was built), they had to cut into the hill to make the road level. This make a steep incine right at the front of our house.  When they built our house, they put a small retaining wall in the front, and then put grass on the remainder of the hill.  Over the years, the grass has not thrived and weed whacking the whole thing is a pain! Over the years, the hill looked worse and worse.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Some new plants for the side bed

Having just come away from the brown of winter, I have decided I want to add more green to my side bed.  Also, I have a bunch of shrubs.  Some are evergreen, some deciduous, but there isn't a whole lot to fill it out.  So I decided that the evergreen I wanted to add should be low lying plants to fill out the areas in between and in front of the shrubs.  Preferably ones with texture.

On a whim, I went to Lowe's to see what they might have. I went there with a couple plants in mind: Purple Heart and Bamboo Muhly (which I didn't find) and Artemisia.  


Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring is here!

On this official first day of spring, it really does feel like it!  Two days of heavy rain in the forecast.  Everything is starting to bud out, and the peach tree is beautifully in bloom!


Mid-March Garden update

With two days of rain in the forecast, I wanted to get the last of my spring veggies in.  So, I ran out to the Natural Gardener right when it opened.  They didn't have any plants of zucchini or tomatillo so I purchased seeds.  They did have some pepper plants, though. I also planted the cucumber seeds we have had for a couple of weeks and also picked up some basil and thyme.

Right now the potatoes are just starting to come up.  Looks like they are a little behind last year.  I have seven that have come up, but hope for a few more in the next few days.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I think we've made it through the cold!


Very cold temps, heavy rains and now a warming.  I think we've made it through winter. The peach trees are just starting to put out pink buds.  This early bloomer is already starting to look a bit like a flower!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Early March Garden Update

This month we had another late freeze, with temperatures falling to the mid-twenties on March 6th. We have two days of heavy rain ahead, and then some sunny days. At that point, I will have a better idea of what is going to make it through the winter, and what has died.

I am currently harvesting asparagus, cilantro and lettuce. I am hoping to harvest some radishes and maybe my cabbage this month.

I have planted seven tomatoes and a few leeks and I am hoping to plant some zucchini, eggplant, and cucumbers in a week or so. I am also hoping that my potato plants start popping up in a few weeks!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

A cold day in February


After some gorgeous spring days, a cold winter storm brought in some freezing rain. Temperatures dipped just below freezing, but enough to cover everything with a layer of ice.

K found that he could pull the ice off of leaves, and they would leave this beautiful image.


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