Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ups & Downs

Would you rather hear the good news or the bad news first??
Okay then bad news first... I'm a pumpkin killer :( My lonely little pumpkin has died. I was trying to guide the new vines for my pumpkin to follow and I knocked little baby and it shot off the vine. I'm so bummed because it was one of the storybook pumpkins... Hopefully my vine will forgive me and make me a new pumpkin. Fingers crossed...

On the upside, my basil is going very well and I picked a nice bunch today and am going to make pesto for lunch today! Super yum!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

This and That

I found the answer to one mystery in my garden... what is eating my bean plants??? The culprit... slugs. I found some shiny tracks one some leaves this morning... Now I will take them down! Next, to find out who is eating my cucumbers. But for now I have started some new cumcumbers indoors. Fingers crossed!
Also, the Armstrong Garden Center in Foothill Ranch is closing and I picked up some good finds for cheap. I got organic eggplant, habanero peppers, chocolate mint, chamomile, melon, and a bunch of organic seeds. Plus soil was 30% off so I grabbed a few bags. Definitely not enough to fill my boxes, but enough to finish filling my existing boxes and my box for potatoes. Pictures to follow, especially some pictures of my grape vines that are looking amazing, thanks to some hand-me-down arches.
Plus, a little side note... I'm going to be acquiring some chickens in the next month or so and have drawn up plans for my chicken coop. I think beyond my means all the time, and the chicken coop was no exception. I try to keep it humble and cost efficient, but there are still basics that I need and there is no way around not spending any money... with that being said, I am looking for any chicken related items that may be in need of a good home. If you come across any, please let me know. I have checked craigslist, but I also need tall posts for a shaded area I want to build for the coop... something for vines to grow on. Any suggestions of cheap, or even better, FREE finds, please let me know.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What's Eating you???

That's the mystery right now... what's eating my baby plants?? I can't get my poor cucumbers to grow for the life of me because of some little bug. I've replanted 3 times!!! I tried covering the little sprouts with a tent and the bug has the magical power to get through it. And that's not the only plant it finds tasty because some of my beans are being eaten as well. Any suggestions on how to save my babies??

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Spent the weekend shoveling some free mulch! Gotta love free!!
I think it makes it look so much better... I know you're thinking...
"Michele, it looks the same! You still haven't filled your stinking boxes yet!"
I'm trying to get there. Finances are holding me back, but I'm hoping that I can get my soil soon. And let me remind you how insane and barren my garden looked before the renovation.
Also, that little retro fridge in the corner of the garden is going to house some plants as well... when I get there. It was mine and Damin's refrigerator from when we first got married... awwww!

Super stoked on corn, squash & beans!!
I've never grown beans before and have no idea what I'm doing...
I'm stoked at the prospect of picking my own beans... I am married to a Mexican!

And my little baby pumpkin...