It’s been about two weeks since we have any sort of rain. Our temps have been nice, not hot, but nice and welcoming finally the arrival of Spring. But, it appears that our temps are going to drop again for this weekend and a storm will be blowing in later today. We need the rain.
I was outside with the dogs this morning and happened to look up and saw a beautiful deer just standing in our neighbors yard. Man, it was so beautiful just standing there eating their lilac tree. It started to stomp its front hoof at me when I approached to take a photograph. Silly deer. They are so wonderful to watch walking around the neighborhood, and are definitely a lot bigger when you are close enough to them. The only thing that I despise about them is when they head on over to our yard and start to munch on all of our plants. They are destructive.
We worked on getting our raised garden together and filled with new garden soil over the weekend. We had 3 yards of garden soil delivered on Saturday, and Sunday we worked on getting all of that soil in the raised garden, and on Monday morning, woke up sore. (figured that would happen)
Not to mention that I got sunburned on my back. You forget about putting on any sunscreen this early in the year, and you definitely pay for it later, like I am now. My back is peeling like how a snake sheds it skin. Yuck! We also had to put up the 6 foot high fence around the garden again, like we did last year, to keep the deer out. We even have a wood door to walk into the garden too, pretty cool, eh? Now, our next problem to address is how to keep the chipmunks away from pulling our seeds out of the ground like they did last year. So, what we are going to do, is cut the bottom off all of the plastic Creamora bottles we have been saving and place the bottles over the seeds and seedlings when they start to emerge from the soil, just to keep the chippies away. (oh yeah, you leave the top off the bottle too, to let air in)
Roy got a lot of things planted over the weekend as he was chomping at the bit to get the garden started already. We had a great day to do this on Sunday. After all the new soil was added to the garden, he planted us some Romaine Lettuce, Black Seeded Simpson Leaf Lettuce, Zucchini, and some Jack Be Little Pumpkins. We had no luck last year with our zucchini, so this year I hope we have a better shot at getting some as I am dying to make some homemade zucchini bread. Yum!
At this time of year, we are always busy. Right now, I am still working my way around the house painting. Trying to fit that in around all of the outside work to do. Since we loved the Behr Gobi Desert color we painted in the bedroom, we decided to do the kitchen in it too. The kitchen was only painted white, so adding a tad of color to it really looks beautiful. It’s a very nice neutral color, and once I get a few things up on the wall, like photographs of the dogs in nice black frames, it will look marvelous!
We also got a nice new rain barrel from our new neighbors last week. Since we almost passed out from the water bills last year watering the garden, we were so thankful and appreciative that we were able to get this rain barrel. This will definitely save us lots of money on watering the garden this summer. So, we have the rain barrel now, and we had to figure out how to hook it up since we never had one before. We did research online and found lots of places that had parts to hook to the rain barrel, but when I was in KMart, I purchased a “gutter extension” flexible hose for $10.99 that worked perfectly for our needs. I got my jigsaw out and cut a hole on top of the rain barrel in the size of the one end of the flexible hose, made sure the hose fit perfectly, then took our sharp garden scissors and cut the gutter. After that, it was basically all done, as I just had to slide the gutter into the flexible hose and the hookup was complete. With the rain storm arriving later today, we can’t wait to start collecting water!
Once this cold spell passes us this weekend, I am going to start taking all of our plants outside for small increments to harden them off. After a week of doing this, they will be ready to be planted into the garden. Man, I can’t even tell you how excited we are about picking our first pile of fresh home grown veggies! I can taste my first tomato salad now! And, I can’t wait to show you the progression of our garden too with photographs. I also thought it would be really neat to do a slideshow of the garden. What I was thinking, was to take a photograph of the garden every Monday morning from the same spot, and so on, and see how the garden grows in week increments! It should look like the garden is growing right in front of you!
Bella and I took a walk in the park the other day and talked with a few people. Bella met this adorable little girl who fed her doggie treats. Bella was so nice to her and even gave her a little kissie on her nose. The little girl giggled. Bella also got to meet a small doggie on our walk named Buster. Both Buster and Bella did their funny thing of running around in circles like little tazmanian devils. It was funny to watch!
I am not sure where this whole week went. it just seemed to fly by in a blink of an eye. I can’t believe it’s Friday already. What do you have planned for your weekend?