[identity profile] gailmom.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] the_yardening
Because yesterday I had unexpected wealth of labor: and so we went to Lowes and spent the money that should be coming in soon (what? why is that bad?) and go the spring garden going. It are pretty.

It is also random. I read a book that mentioned that while research is great, and planning helps you not have to undo, if you find yourself using it to delay, just stick something in dirt and dive in. Yeah, you may spend time later correcting mistakes, but at least you'll have your hands in the dirt now.

I took it at its word. Several cedar fence boards, a pile of soil, and some plants later: The garden boxes are planted with peppers and tomatoes (my neighbor recommends I add a sweet 100 to my tomato collection..and that in future I try to time my labor availability for after March 15) and the new beds on the side (where the chicken pen used to be) is planted with marigolds, geraniums, a couple heirloom tomatoes, basil and fennel and a handful of other herbs.

I'm waiting until after Saturday to put the tulips in dirt (they are on the dining table now) but I did pot up the rosemary. Hopefully the pot I put it in won't be too shaded. We'll see.

So, there it is, imperfect and unplanned, but done.

My skin smells like soil, despite a shower yesterday and multiple handwashings today. I love that. :D

The garden boxes in front: full of bell peppers and tomatoes:

The side yard boxes: each is 4X8 ft

My tiny rosemary in a big pot:

Bonus shot: the 10X10 pagoda that errantember helped finish last weekend: 

Date: 2011-03-04 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gryphynshadow.livejournal.com
On the day it's supposed to frost, bury bury the plants in leaves. Day after, unbury them. Voila.

And don't worry about it. A day of frost won't hurt them at all. Being buried in leaves for a day won't hurt them, either. Just don't leave them buried in leaves too long (a week would hurt them.)

:) Yay plants!

Date: 2011-03-05 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gryphynshadow.livejournal.com
depends on how heavy the blanket is. too heavy and it'll crush the baby plants. leaves work mainly because they trap a lot of air between them, which is really what insulates the plants.


Date: 2011-03-06 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dirtwitch.livejournal.com
Gail, there are special frost blankies you can buy for plants, too, that might be easier for you to manage... THe leaves idea is great, too, cuz, you can use the leaves as mulch around the plants afterwards... it alllooks lovely! I am especially envious of the pagoda (pout) lovely!

So, let's talk after Flipside, about me coming for a visit? I would love that!


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