Monday, March 31, 2014

Not My Favorite March

March certainly roared itself out today.  We had awful winds with visible dust in the air.  The world had an odd color as the dust acted like a filter for the sun.  No clouds today, but the sky wasn't blue either.  I did manage to put the pansies I purchased yesterday into a container and I planted two new house plants in the pottery my sister-in-law sent me for Christmas from South Korea.  I'll let them all get settled a bit before their photo shoot.

We've had nice spring afternoons, cold winter mornings, wind, wind and wind lately.  No rain to speak of.  I think it did smell like rain last Friday, but that was it.

I won't bore you with the details, but I've devised a watering plan using our shower water, bathtub water and eventually the rain barrels once we stay above freezing.  Hopefully, the rain barrels will have some rain to catch.  Since we have a lot tighter watering restrictions, I've greatly reduced the number of containers I will have on the patio.  There will be no hanging baskets.  For the limited use of water from the faucets, I will focus on the areas with trees and shrubs.  Not expecting a lush garden this year, just hoping to keep plants alive to flourish another day.

The spring bulbs are starting to bloom.  That always helps perk up a landscape.

Bye-bye March.  Please bring some April showers!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Day In The Garden

The temperature was a bit cool today, but it was sunny and there was no wind.  
A day to be in the garden!

I fixed a soaker hose and dug up some weeds.

Then, I dug up some daylilies just off the patio which haven't been blooming.  I'm guessing they're in too much shade.  The plants look healthy though.  They went out into the alley where they'll get a lot of sunshine.

The final project I worked on is for a piece of art I'm adding to the garden.  We have some concrete pieces from tearing out a slab that used to be under a shed in our back garden.  I placed some of them in a ring inside one of my flower beds.

The plan is to fill in the ring with dirt, place a flat paver in the center and set the art on top of the paver.  Can't wait to share the art with you.  Before I haul dirt to the ring, I'm going to have my wonderful husband check it out and get his opinion.

I also watered the veggie seeds I planted last week and updated a few flower lists.  
So glad for a day in the garden.

Monday, March 17, 2014

First Seeds In The Ground

On this St. Patrick's Day, I did not plant potatoes.

I planted kohlrabi, radishes, lettuces and peas.

I gave them all a drink of bathtub water.

The spring planting has begun!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March Tour 2014

Front Garden


Back Garden

Side Garden

Vegetable Garden



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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Straw Score

This year, my wonderful husband helped me acquire some straw bales for the garden.  Neighbors had the bales as part of their Christmas display.  The bales were still sitting in their front yard in February so WH asked them what they were doing with the bales and the husband responded right away with, "do you want them?"  WH told him, "sure, for the garden."  Six FREE straw bales for the garden.  We just had to move them.  If I get to put any water on the garden, this straw will help keep the moisture.  If I manage to get any produce, some will be going across the street.

March is always up and down at Garden on Sherlock Street.  Snow, warm, rain (maybe), wind, sun, etc.  Anything can happen.  I'm hoping to start cleaning up the perennial beds soon and making some real plans on what will actually get planted considering the watering restrictions we now have.  I have a cool new sculpture piece to add to one of the beds too.  Photos will come when it's ready.  Hopefully, the early seeds will hit the soil as well.  The March tour photos will come soon.