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Last week, I put up a chart with measurements of the plants growing in my garden.  I measured again this week, and there is quite a big difference.  I am really starting to get excited, as things have really taken off.  I have a few new tomatoes, and the plants have grown by leaps and bounds.

We also found three strawberry plants and a red pepper plant at Price Chopper for $1 each.  What a deal!  I planted them on Sunday, and am hoping it’s not too late for them to produce this summer.  Time will tell.

Here are the charts for last week and this week.  Look at the difference!

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After last week’s rain and this week’s abundance of sun, my plants in the garden are really starting to take off.  I decided to start measuring them once a week to chart the progress.

The tomato plants seem to be doing the best.  There are about four of them that have tiny little tomatoes growing already.  I was shocked when I looked and saw them on the plants.  One of the Grape tomato plants has five tiny tomatoes growing.  I am thrilled!  It wont be long now.

After I measured them, I built a chart to show how tall the plants are.  My goal is to update the totals next week, and every week thereafter so I can see just how well (hopefully) they are growing.   I will also try to get pictures of the tomatoes as they grow.

Here is the chart I made today;

As you can see from the chart, the tomatoes are growing much more quickly than the others.  The Green Peppers and Banana Peppers are taking forever to grow.  In case you are new, this is my first time growing a garden.  So far, it has been a lot of fun.  I can’t wait to see what grows and is actually edible.

Did you plant a garden this year?

Last year, I planted some seeds in a starter kit inside the house to see if I could grow some flowers and veggies.  I managed to grow some stuff, but never got around to transplanting them outside and they got too big for the small containers they were in.  The roots couldn’t go any farther and ended up dying.  Not so good on my part.

This year, I decided to try again.  This time, I was going to start the seeds outside and hope for the best.  I planted some radishes, green peppers, basil and parsley in a small strip around the outside of the pool fence.  I got the seeds at Walmart for a few bucks, so if they didn’t grow, I wasn’t out much.

After a few weeks, I started to see little green sprouts.  Cool!  I had always wanted to have a garden, but didn’t know if I had a green thumb or not.  I went to Home Depot and got some green coated chicken wire to keep the animals out.  After a few weeks, the radishes were starting to grow big leaves.  I was pretty excited.

When I planted the plants in the ground, I also planted some of the seeds in pots.  The potted plants were slow to start, but they took off a little while later.  The parsley is really growing well.  I was pretty excited by these results.  I was so excited that I decided to start a bigger garden.  I was a little scared it would not work, but you never know until you try, right?

I decided where I wanted to put the garden and measured out what I thought would be a good size.  I went back to Home Depot and got two 12′ 2x10s, 2 8′ 2x10s and 2 8′ 4x4s.  Or, so I thought.  I brought them home and stained them to make them look nice.  In the meantime I had begun removing the grass in the area I wanted to put the box.  It was tough work, as I don’t have a roto tiller and had to do it all with a shovel and a pitch fork.  That was not a lot of fun, but I got it done.

We had gone to Hewitts and Gade Farm before this to pick up some tomato plants and a few other veggie plants.  Along with the tomatoes, we also got zucchini, sweet peppers and green peppers.  At a tag sale two weekends ago, we picked up six grape tomato plants for a buck.  What a deal!

After all the dirt removal and shoveling, I put the framework for the garden together.  When I got it out by the garden area, I made a startling discovery.  The 2x12s were actually 2x14s.  And the 2x8s were actually 2x10s.  Crap, more digging.  I guess I have plenty of room for the plants.  I might even need more.  Thanks Home Depot for incorrectly labeling your products.

After I got the box in place and leveled out, I planted the veggies and put up the fence to keep the animals out.  Now, we wait and see what happens.  I hope to have an abundance of tomatoes in a month or two.  Here’s what I built.  I am not mechanically inclined in the least bit, so this is an accomplishment for me.

In a lame attempt at humor, I came up with the title to this blog.  You see, I am on day two of a terrible migraine.  I get them a few times a week.  I get them so frequently that I have learned to cope with them and carry on with my daily activities.  It is not fun, but life must go on.  Usually, my prescription Maxalt will get rid of them within an hour or two, but for some reason, this one keeps hanging on.

In other news, my seeds that I planted a few weeks ago are starting to pop up through the soil.  I went out to check on them today after a few days of strong sunlight and some heavy rain last night, and I was quite pleased with what I saw.  The radishes are popping up nicely and even the basil and parsley are showing signs of life.  I also planted a bunch of flowers that seem to be coming to life.  In a few weeks, I should have some flowers (or at least buds) to take pictures of. Here is a picture of the area where the wild flower mix was planted.  Pretty exciting!

I am pretty excited, as I wanted to do this last year and never got around to it.  I planted a bunch of seeds inside in a starter greenhouse and never got them outside, so they didn’t do so well.  This year I decided to plant them outside and kept it small just in case I am not the green thumb type.  Time will tell.  I did fashion a ‘cage’ around the area wear the veggies are planted, in hopes of keeping critters from eating them.

How about you?  Did you plant anything this year?  If yes, what did you plant?  Do you have tips for beginners?

See ya soon!

Yesterday, I put the computer down and went outside.  It was around 60 degrees, and around noon the sun came out.  There is a small area next to our sidewalk that is about a foot wide that is overgrown with weeds, but had four by fours on both sides.  It had some type of plants in it before, but now it is mostly weeds.  There are some Grape Hyacinths growing there, but the weeds are taking over.  So, I decided I wanted to clean it up and plant some of the seeds we bought the other night.

Yard work is one of my weak points.  I love mowing the lawn, but the planting, raking and pickup just aren’t my bag, baby.  We bought a bunch of seeds last year, and I planted them in the starter trays in the house.  Some of them grew, but they never got transplanted outside and eventually died.  I guess it’s kind of important to do that.  Oops!

While I was out there, I pulled up the old landscape matting and mulch that had been around the pool slab for a long time.  Once I had that up, I loosened the soil and planted a bunch of different things.  I am hoping to do a test run to see if anything actually grows.  I planted the following;

There are a few we are obviously growing to eat, but the others are for me to take pictures of, and of course to make the yard look nice.  We have some peonies coming up that we planted late last year.  We planted them a little too late, so they never actually bloomed.  Hopefully this year they will.  The peony is Rose’s favorite flower.  I can’t wait to cut a few off and put them in a vase for her.

One thing I am a little worried about are the animals.  There is an abundance of furry creatures in our yard.  Deer, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, and turkeys have been spotted in our yard.  I am mostly worried about the vegetables, so I need to set up some sort of cage around and over them to keep the critters out.  I guess I have a week or so to figure it out.  Once the seeds start to grow out of the soil, I will definitely have to have something set up.

If you live in the area, please let me know if you or someone you know have flower seedlings they want to share or get rid of.  I would love to have some gorgeous flowers growing around here to photograph.  See ya soon!

What are you doing down there?

I love playing in the basement with the studio lights.  Every now and then, I find something that the creative juices tell me to shoot down there.  Most of the time, it is flowers or a small item around the house.  It keeps me busy and motivated when the weather isn’t great outside.

I was out cutting the grass one day, and I saw these bright yellow flowers as I was finishing up the backyard.  I thought to myself that they would make for great pictures.  So, when I was done cutting the grass, I went back and grabbed them.  I took them into the basement and got to work.  I have a 5’x7′ reversible background down there.  One side is lime green (green screen) and the other side is a dark blue.  It makes for a great contrast against the yellow of these flowers.

So, I took the pictures using my DynaTran softboxes that I got a few years ago from Amvona.  They are great for studio shots.  For a few of the shots, I used a piece of black cloth we picked up at a craft store for a black background.  Here’s what I cam up with.  What do you think?