Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Backyard Garden. Some call it a lifestyle; *I* call it a pain in the (pick a place).
Diane sent me a care-package that included not only seeds but live plants, so I got forced into starting my backyard garden [not because Diane forced me, but because the live plants needed to get out there...in the soil...mixing it up with nature.] As Emeril would say, "BAM!" I'm TRYING to use the Square Foot Gardening method. Diane's shipped plants took up the first 6 squares. Well, actually, North End (left to right) 01. Egyptian Walking Onion (whole square) 02. Spearmint (whole square) 03. Fire Ants (whole square) 04. Elephant garlic (whole square) 05. Lemon Balm (whole square) 06. Peppermint (whole square) 'twas yesterday, methinks, that I turned over the soil out there and made the squares; added the necessary stuff to make soil today. On day 1 I got 4 fireant bites with 5 more today (and I didn't even try to go beyond the supplement phase today!) Slot 3 is an open slot until the fireant killer kicks in. Did some errands and still had a little steam left, so did three more squares using seeds and plants acquired during the errands: 07. Planted three Black prince tomato seeds (You gave me enough seeds to test the "fittest will survive" philosophy, Diane!), a few turnip seeds around there, too and a Doone Valley Thyme PLANT. 08. Planted a few Martian Grant Tomato seeds, a few Cayenne Chile Pepper Seeds, a few Top Crop Bush Beans, and a few cilantro PLANTS. 09. Planted a few chard seeds, a few Aztec tomato seeds, a few marigold seeds, and a compact basil PLANT. THEN...I ran out of steam, showered and washed my hair; I smelled like a wild animal. I'll take this up again tomorrow after my teeth-cleaning appointment...the planting, I mean.