Monday, March 29, 2010

Get'n Down and Dirty


Nothing I love more, than to see a plan come to action! This hideous area in my backyard has been an eyesore for a long, long time! I finally got around to making it into what I had hoped! I have always wanted to rip out those ugly bushes (there were 2 shrubs and an azalea). I ripped them out a few weeks ago.


Which left ugly mess. All of those bricks, and other debris had been stashed behind there by the previous owners. I had to remove all of the debris.


I enlisted the help of my best friend. She came down from Birmingham to help me! We worked all weekend long to build raised beds. It was a lot of hard work and I am still sore!


I used the old windows that came out of my grandparents home, and built flower boxes to go under them. I still have some cleaning to do. Next I am going to haul in some topsoil and get this bed leveled out. Then I am going to plant some fruit and veggies, and spruce it up!


All of the bricks that I picked up from the bed will be used to create walkway through this path.

Right now it is just a hodge podge of stuff that needs to be relocated. I have a lot of empty pots that are patiently awaiting some fresh plants.

I want to do something cute to the front the of the flower boxes, so they aren't so plane jane!

This is just one of the MANY projects I have to do for this Summer! Now this one is 75% complete, and I can get started on the next one!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fertilizer Friday

Welcome to Fertilizer Friday! You can head on over to Tootsie's place to sign up, or to see the other gardeners who have signed up. The link is below. Normally it would be here...but I kinda messed up, the picture order! LOL!!!
All of the photos were taken at the hunting camp this past weekend. The camphouse, is an old home place. It was built in the 30's. It is not anything fantastic, but I love it there. There are alot of flowers around the place, mainly daffodils and irises. The daffodils were in bloom, so I took a few shots to share with ya'll.

As far as my garden.....everything is popping up! We had a few chilly days this past week, but it seems to be warming up! I hope it will stay warm and sunny this weekend. I have a project to work on, and I have enlisted the help of my girl friend! Tomorrow we will be working hard. I hope to have pictures to share with you on Monday!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Tossed Aside

I got these flowers last year as a gift from The Dirt Queen. It is tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. I set them outside last spring with every intention of planting them.....and forgot!!!! As I was cleaning the garden last weekend, I found them! I had set them out behind the shed, and completely forgot about them. Low and behold the hyacinths were blooming! Go toss it aside and forget about it....and look what it does!!!! If I had wanted it to bloom it wouldn't have!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fertilizer Friday

We have had some rain the past few day. I went outside this morning and was amazed at what has popped up in the past few days.

 I know have 3 of the 6 various types of daffodils blooming. This one is a really small bloom, about the size of a quarter.

This is the Campernelle narcissus         

 and the smaller daffodil again. The rain had beat them down, so I had to hold them up to take the photos

  Here are a few things that have popped up in the past few days:
African Daisy, Hydrangea, Irises, Sapphire Sage, Gladiola, & Phlox

The African Daisy seemed to have come up from no where! I swear it wasn't there last weekend! It is loaded with blooms!                                       

Bee Balm (Monarda) is also popping up everywhere

I noticed about 5 or 6 irises that had buds on them!!! I can't wait for them to bloom, of course I get excited about any bloom!

I dug up all of my irises this past fall, divided them and replanted. I literally set the roots in the dirt, and lightly covered them, and left 90% of the bulb exposed. Irises don't like to be buried deep. In the past I have tried not to bury them deep....but apparently they still thought it was too deep! They must like only the roots in the ground....because most of them have buds on them now.

A week and a half after planting seeds....we have seedlings!!!! There are several Zinnia sprouting up. The white zinnias were from Stephanie at Steph's Green Space.

Dwarf Morning Glories came from Lona at A Hocking Hills garden! They are doing great

And last but not heirloom hibiscus seeds. I just started collecting seeds from them this year, so I wasn't sure how they would do, but they are doing well!

Be sure to stop by Tootsie's page and check out the other gardeners who have signed up for Fertilizer Friday.

Summoning My Inner Dirt Princess

I finally planted seeds...2 weekends ago! I am just now getting around to posting about it.
Most of the seeds I planted came from other garden bloggers! I got so many from the seed swap. Remember this year to SAVE YOUR SEEDS! The seed swap was so much fun! I got some amazing seeds! I still have more to plant, I hope to do that this weekend. You can click on the photo above to enlarge it, and see the seeds close up.
The greenhouses are working well! The Dirt Queen told me that Wal-Mart is now selling the same greenhouses for $39. She bought her two as well!
I save old coke crates, plant flats, and plant starters all throughout the year, so I will have them when I plant seeds.
I also ordered 300 2" peat pots. At the time I thought that was too many, and I would never use them. So I gave half to the Dirt Queen. Needless to say, the day I planted, I had to call the Dirt Queen and go get my peat pots back....sorry Mom! I still needed more. Next year I will order 500 just to be on the safe side!
I picked up these T-Labels from Wal-Mart to mark my plants.
Here are some of the seeds I saved from my plants. I had THREE jars of Zinnia seeds! Ridiculous! I will be giving most of them away. So if you need zinnia seeds let me know, and I will be more than happy to send you some!
At the end of the day (which was dark at that point) the greenhouses were full.

I just went out there to check on my little seedlings, and most of them are already coming up. The Zinnias and Dwarf Morning Glories have been up for a few days. I will post them later on. The greenhouse has really forced them to germinate. I have been keeping the flaps down during the day. It hasn't been above the 70's, so I just unzip the flap and let it breathe, but keep it down.

I made such a mess planting seeds! I was covered in dirt from head to toe! I desperately need a potting shed! That is on my to do list!

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