Thursday, August 11, 2016

Gardening Fun

Well the garden did fairly well,I learned about container gardening and what will and will not grow in them.My carrots didn't do as good as they should have but I think I planted too many in one pot.My bell peppers are still putting out and my cherry tomatoes done great.The regular ones didn't do well and the hornworms got some of them.The chocolate mint done really well and it smells so good.I ate on my lettuce for the longest. The broccoli got ate up,the worms turned them into swiss cheese.This was first year with broccoli though so I'm still learning about that.And finally I got a handful of green beans.I talked to few folks and they said that alot of plants didn't do well until late this year.Mine did the same.

Ok enough of the garden stuff.I quit smoking for good and it has been a roller coaster ride but now I feel pretty damn good.I'm ok as long as I don't get stressed out. I got tested yesterday  about stress. You know how the doctors are saying you got to get up and move and you need to lose weight?Ok I was trying to do some walking and we have this small hill that you have to go up to get out.The road belongs to the city here and I have griped about them getting it fixed,well,they threw some small gravel down and my ass found it.I got road rash on my leg where I slipped on that gravel.
  • Yep and now this morning I am soooo sore and can barely walk.My leg went up under me and that's all she wrote! I didn't have to go to the doctors but that's still up for debate.I have to watch out for infection now.Right after I did it I called the city and told them about it and they sent someone out to look at it.They said it looks like road rash,well,DUH!!! Some people just piss me off.

Really that's all that's been going on and all I need to blog about for now.Sorry I haven't been blogging too much.This summer has been a monster!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Well I got my container garden started.I ended up with carrots,bell pepper,cherry tomatoes,regular tomatoes,broccoli,leaf lettuce(blue buckets),chocolate mint,rosemary,thyme,green beans(not shown)and chives. It was alot of work and alot of potting soil. I already have harvested the leaf lettuce five times.The cherry tomatoes are coming in pretty good too.I go out every morning and say good morning to them and just talk to them for a little bit lol. The herbs are growing quite slowly but we have had a lot of rain. The only thing I didn't get in was the corn.It's probably a good thing I don't plant in the yard,we have had  a bunch of deer coming in and eating the grass.Hubstead has been setting out field corn for them. We got two does,two that looks like they are a year old(probably from last year) and a smaller doe. It's nice to see they haven't been shot.Still haven't seen a buck yet.

I did make some chocolate mint tea the other night and it was pretty good.I think it's more minty than the chocolate but it also depends on how strong you make it. Mine was a little weaker than I wanted but towards the bottom of the cup,it got stronger.I have some leaves in the refrigerator  and I'm going to make some more today. We are having a cold front move in for the next few days and I hope it doesn't bother my plants. I just planted my green beans yesterday.

Here is some more pictures.

Leaf Lettuce

Cherry tomatoes

Chocolate Mint

The mint has doubled in size so I got to watch it.

Well that's about it,this is all I've been doing for the last month or so.Just trying to stay busy. As these grow I'll post more pictures of their progress.Have a great Tuesday!!!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

What I Got Started

Spring did come early. It was a good thing I got alot of the seedlings started. I managed to get a couple of cherry tomatoe plants from the local store and I got them going.I ended up with four totes,one tote has the cherry tomatoes  and the other three I'm planting regular tomatoes and bell peppers.I have my herbs in pots and I planted thyme and rosemary which are coming up.The carrots are doing well and so is my salad leaf lettuce.I planted those in the buckets.The kale isn't doing too hot but may try planting those again in the fall.I got lucky and found someone who had chocolate mint and he sent me some roots to get me started.I can't wait for those to grow!!I planted those in a big pot so I hope they do good.

It's pouring down rain here this morning.It's suppose to rain all day which will give the plants a good soaking. Give us a good soaking too! There are flash flood warnings out for today. The grass will definitely need to get cut now it's growing like crazy. So I guess I'll be inside today doing some cleaning. I want to work on the front yard and see if I can get some Coleus started somewhere and set out those Cannas too.They are yellow ones and they are so pretty and I know they spread so I'll have to pick a spot for them to do that. It still gets cool around 39 degrees sometimes but times it's around 40 degrees and up.The daytime has been around 60 and 70 degrees.So I don't worry too much about the plants,I have them on the back deck.

So there you have it not much else is going on.Started the year off alittle rough but it seems to be smoothing out. My doctor changed my medicine(for those of you who know I'm Bipolar)it seems to be doing me some good right now. It has a kick to it and makes me feel like getting up and doing things.But my back always tells me when I've had enough.Well going to go and everyone have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Planting Time

Yeah I probably jumped the gun on this one BUT I was so excited to get started! I went and got two cherry tomatoe plants and going to try to get them going this weekend.But it seems we are going to get a cold front in this weekend I may have to do them inside.The lettuce I planted in the blue buckets have come up and doing fine.I can bring them in if it gets too cold and I planted carrots in a container that can be brought in too.We are suppose to have two nights of cold(36 and 37). Then it's going to warm up and stay that way for awhile you never know what this crazy weather is going to do.My Kale is coming up but I can't bring those in they're in the small drawers I used last year for the peas.I'll just cover them in plastic and hope they will be alright. I bought 4 totes for the tomatoes and peppers(the peppers  haven't come up yet).I'm going this weekend and getting potting soil for them and I bet I will have to have alot.The totes are small but deep.Now my back deck will be full of plants this year.I'm planting corn in the yard somewheres and the luffas too.Still have to get the grape vines and the blueberry bushes.

Got a new charcoal grill with cast iron grates.Sure saves kitchen time I tell ya!Been trying to stock the pantry a little more,looks better.Next month things are going in full swing around here.I'm hoping April will even out and not have anymore cold fronts come in.Well baby steps for now.My rain barrels are full and they should be,we got a big storm come through.Now I don't have to worry about rain water for awhile.Well that's about it,that's what's been going on around here.Have a great Tuesday!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Seed Buying

Yep it's that time for me to start buying seeds from the store and the catalogs.Tonight I picked up some Thyme because last year I couldn't get the Thyme I planted to grow,so this year I'm doubling up on it to get the best results.I don't have to plant any Sage or Basil because I grew too much of it last year.I'm going to try my hand at growing Lavender this year just to see if it will do good here.I heard it's a pretty plant and you can grow it in pots.My Parsley is holding out really great.I still have a pot of it from last year and the bugger keeps on producing.I have it in my kitchen window where it gets full sun.So now since I know I can grow herbs,I'll try different ones this year.Maybe some Oregano and some more Rosemary.My Rosemary didn't do well but I'll try again on it.For my container garden I got to get at least 6 totes to start with.Maybe some buckets too.I maybe planting the Cherimoya tree in the yard this year.It's at least two feet tall now.This winter hasn't been too rough on the indoor plants.Needless to say we haven't had too much sun but enough to help a little.Looking through my catalogs found some blueberry bushes that look good and some grape vines. Hubstead wants to plant the grape vines out in the yard.I was hoping the blackberry bushes would of put out last year but they were very thin.I don't know if it was because we had that bad winter and it killed most of them or it was all the rain last year.

I turned into a plumber this week.I accindently knocked a bowl of grease down the sink and and yep it stopped up.So for three days I fussed with getting it unstopped. I took the pipe out and poured Dawn dish detergent in it and poured hot water down the drain.After three days it finally cut loose.
I was sort of proud that I handled it on my own after all it was my fault.My dad worked for the local water works and he use to take me out on weekend jobs  and I learned a few things about plumbing.I can't run pipe through a house but I can fix pipes already there.My bathroom is next this year.

It has been a mild winter here in the south.We had snow flurries the other day but have not seen a heavy snow.We had a storm come through that had a lot of heavy rain and we still have a puddle out in the yard.Oh and them damn frogs came back.Every frigging year we have these frogs that make a racket out there where the water ponds in the yard.We had a couple of days that was warm and I wanted to open the front door but couldn't because of the noise! My neighbor across the street caught a raccoon in a trap and that was the first one I've seen around here.Good she did,now that's something to look for when I get my chickens.I know I've been saying I'm getting chickens since we've been here but hubstead has been looking at coops to build.I want the coop built first.Finally got the backyard straightened out and it looks alot better.Hubstead wants to put in a pool which would be nice if we have a hot summer but by the time I get the chicken coop up I wonder if it would be feesable to put up a pool.You know chickens smell.I don't want a big coop but I want a nice size one.

Well that's what's been happening around here.I've just been staying around the house getting things ready for Spring which I can't wait for it to get here! I got to get all my pots cleaned out and fresh soil for them.This year the front is going to get some plants put in to make it look nice.We are getting some dwarf fruit trees too.Where they are going I have no idea.This weekend we got to burn some old boxes and do some house cleaning.I appreciate all of you who read my blog! When I get a chance to take some pictures I'll post them.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Are We Going to Have a Rainy Spring?

So the groundhog said we are going to have an early Spring. So far it looks like rain. It rained here last night really hard and now we have flash flood alerts.The creeks here get really swollen and the roads flood over too.I am hoping not,won't be good for getting the garden started.I have noticed that the daffodils are blooming around here.I called my sister-in-law to see if hers were blooming and she said she didn't know since they got their yard straightened out.She figured the backhoe pushed alot of the bulbs out.Too bad too she had some really pretty ones.Dang thought I had a picture of them.Any who I told her I was thinking of planting some but I really would like the ones she had.This morning the rain has cleared out and left a sloppy mess in the driveway.We sit on top of clay and it's nasty.

Hubstead has been looking for chicken coop plans,does it mean I may get my chickens this year? I sure hope so.That's all I want for this year is my chickens.It drives me nuts when I don't have eggs!
We have been buying from a local guy who has them but I want my own.Really good eggs though.This will be my fist experience with chickens but I guess I'll learn as I go along.There are many help sites on the internet and I got the chicken book to help me.I bought it and they say it's the best one to get.So we'll see.I am excited.

For my birthday(which is Friday)I'm getting a yoga mat and DVD.I used to do yoga and loved it.I'm totally out of balance and whack! I can't do the regular exercising so this is a milder form I think.I really know it will help my back which hurts alot.

YEA I got two tires for the truck!It rides a whole lot better.Now to start working on two tires for the front but the ones on it now will last till then.So this year has started a little rough but is smoothing out nicely.Got plans for the year and trying to keep up with all of it has been fun so far.I have my planting guide for what plants to get started in what month and I got to go next month and get the timber for the trellis out back.I'm doing luffas again this year,I've ran out.Always something to do around a homestead!! Oh and...... I got to buy my totes for planting.Another thing to do.I know one thing it better not snow when I get all this going! Talking about getting annoyed.

I feel for all the people up north that is getting a lot of snow.I hope our early Spring comes without a bunch of rain for you guys.We all need a good season to grow stuff this year.I think last year was just so messed up for people.A lot of gardens here didn't do well and neither did mine.I got 9 tomatoes off my bushes before those hornworms torn into them.The first year we were here,I grew some great tomatoes and other plants but now I know when those hornworms show up.I want to do a natural insecticide but some how it don't faze them.I really don't want to use a harsh bug killer but I may have to,along with the japanese beetles too.If you have an ideas please post it.I have use natural bug repelent like cayenne pepper and some stuff I bought at Lowes.

Now hunting season is over with here,I seen two deer out in the backyard.Both were does and pretty good size.I have a opposum that has took up resident under the house and a big one too.The frogs are back.They were really loud last night.Another sign of Spring I think.The hawks have been hanging out in the trees,they are nice size and the rabbits are back too.Another reason for the totes,they ate my green beans last year.So we are full of animals around here.Heard coyotes pretty close by too the other night.Not a good combo with chickens.Oh the hazards of living in the country!

Well that's been my weeks.Hope everyone has a great Wednesday and stay warm!

Monday, January 25, 2016

In the Process always Helps

Well another cold and wet winter has set in but the temperature isn't that bad today.We had some dusting of snow then rain.What the next coming weeks hold who knows.We are suppose to have snow come in on the 11th and 14th of February.The house so far has stayed warm with the electric heaters we bought and we stay mostly in the livingroom bundled up.I  have come down with a head cold because last friday I was out and ended up with a flat tire on my truck and it was raining and cold.Had to get a tow back home .So far we are getting a tire this week for the truck.So funny how things happen when you don't need them to happen.But I have a tendency to roll with the punches life gives me what else can you do? Tonight is relaxing night from the weekend and we're going to have some steaks and potatoes.Sounds good uh?

Deer season is almost over with and hubstead is going hunting this weekend.I hope he can get a deer we sure need the meat.I am looking forward to it myself.I don't hunt but he does.

Come Spring there will much to do around here.The lights in the diningroom and one of the bathrooms decided they don't want to work anymore.So we got to start checking the electric wiring nd find out why.The lights and outlets in our bedroom don't work either but we think it's the switch on the wall.So more cosmetic work to do before summer.This includes doing the floors too.We have picked out the color and the slats of wood we want to put down.Hardwood floors.I can't wait till we get the kitchen done.I hate this kitchen,all the cabinets are going to have to be replaced.And the flooring put down.I'm going with a rock looking flooring for this.

Well just an update for you all.Got to get over this cold.Have a great day!