The Long and Weeding Road

June 21, 2018

After 4 days of rain or heavy misty fog, starting on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend , today was blue skied and sun filled. So I grabbed my garden jacket and put Sully’s harness on so we could go enjoy it while it lasted. He had been begging to go out for the last two days but I had to tell him that it was too wet and rainy. Poor guy would waddle off with a sad pouty face.
I hooked Sully to his spot by the deck so he could eat grass and enjoy the catnip. I grabbed a couple of 5 gallon buckets one to put weeds in the other to lean on to assist me getting back up from kneeling on the ground. I headed around to the east end of the house to begin weeding. The rain had really enabled lots of weed growth. You couldn’t tell that I actually had weeded around the squash hills and the peppers when I planted them on the 9th of this month.

I started in around the two largest peppers then got up and moved my bucket to weed around the junk pile flower bed. While I was up I checked on Sully to see how he was doing. He was happily munching his grass.
I weeded and weeded and weeded some more making my way back to the peppers again. I discovered that out of the 10 peppers I planted only 6 were still standing. The other 4 had been beaten into the ground and washed away. 😦  I now had a full bucket of weeds, time to dump them out.

The full bucket of weeds and my leaning bucket with towel on top.

 

The neighbors recently got two cute little pygmy goats. I decided to give them this bucket to munch on. I took it over to them. I dumped the bucket on the ground for them. I then scratched their little heads between their horns. They thanked me with their cute little goaty chatter as I walked away.

When I got back over to the deck Sully was heading up the stairs. He was done enjoying the outdoors. I let him in the house and removed his harness. As I departed I said to him, “Now you can go and barf somewhere.” He minds very well, as he had done just that when I came in for the day an hour and a half later. lol 😛

I continued along the pepper bed and beside it to make a path, to the corner where I weeded the gladiolus and the irises. There I found a nice sized volunteer marigold. The turnips and carrot patch was next but it was not too bad. This is where I ended my weeding road.

Junk pile bed

 

 

I had filled my bucket to about 3/4 ths. I just put this bucket on the pile along the south fence, because it was mostly small weeds and the goats would be munching the first bucket for most of the day.

While I was doing this I looked across Mann’s field to see this deer munching away.

 

I decided to leave the south side of the deck bed with all the wildflower for another day.

 

The front of the deck bed was weeded on Saturday before all the rain so it was fine.

 

I will leave you with this update photo of the mini roses.

Still blooming close up.

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New Feature Photos

 

I have been making new feature photos. The old ones were soooo 2015. I also updated the About photos for each of us. I thought about going back and replacing  a lot of the old ones, but that would have taken a while and some of the new feature photos are dated so that would not look right to have a 2018 date on a 2015 post.

I will show you my new feature photos in the following gallery so you don’t have to go wandering all over the blogging place to find them. If you prefer to wander or want to liken it to an Easter egg hunt for the new feature photos do not scroll any further. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the new About photos for each of us.

 

Lap Time!

 

I heard Mom coming down the steps to my shed. I greeted her at the door. She had come to fill up my food and water dishes like always. She filled them both as she talked to me. She gave me a few pets. Then she went over to the chair in the shed and sat down.

She looks at me and says, “Well come on, get up here, and I will give you a good petting. I am in no hurry to leave you today. I don’t have to keep an eye on Sully as he wanted back in already. I am not watering today since we had four days of rain so I don’t have to worry about the water hose. And the weeds I am out here to pull are not going to go anywhere, they will be waiting for me. ”

Well she didn’t have to tell me twice! I am getting some lap time!
Mom took several photos of me on her lap. I am a real squirmer, so she had to hang on to me with one hand while she tried to take photos with the other. I tend to hang off the edge of laps with all my squirming. squirming aside I think Mom got some pretty good shots of me.

 

 

 

 

I am also called The Shed Cat because that is what I am doing now, not just for my location. I love that Mom sat done to pet me. It helps get some of that annoying winter coat off me. Well all good things must come to an end. I hate when lap time ends! Mom picked me up in her arms and set me back on the floor. If she just tries to stand up and kinda nudge me off I dig my claws in to her legs.

Yes, I thoroughly covered Mom with fur before she left.

Two Days of Yardening in Row May 30

As you know I got a bit side tracked in my plans yesterday. I was able to get those plans finished today.
I started the morning by planting gladiolus bulbs in the corner of the deck bed. The box of wildflower mix I sprinkled on the south side of the deck is doing well and sprouting like crazy. The moonflower behind Ricky Racoon is still alive. I did not plant anything on the west side of the deck as last year’s flowers self seeded and are starting to sprout. I cut Cleo back and she is doing well now too.

I then moved over to the south bed by the back steps. I planted a row of gladiolus behind the decorative stick between the two deer skulls. I had an assistant today. The neighbor’s little black kitty came to help or maybe she just wanted some petting. I was happy to oblige. I sprinkled a box of marigolds on top when the gladiolus were all planted.

With her assistance this bed was planted in no time at all.

I moved around the corner to the west end of the house bed. The kitty helped a wee bit with this bed then she ran off to do regular kitty stuff. I planted a row of gladiolus about four inches from the house the full length of the bed. I then sprinkled the top with the two boxes of impatiens. That completes the planting of the flowers. Now it is just wait and see what comes up.

I still have the pepper seedlings to transplant outside, but they need to get one or two more leaves before I do that.

The mini rose-bush is doing excellent, so much so that he had to be repotted into a bigger pot this morning. I also added a shish kabob stick to help hold up that big beautiful flower. He now has 3 more buds waiting to blossom.

Surprise! Surprise ! Surprise!

I found  three Yardening on May 29, 2018.

 

My plans for the day were to transplant the cucumber seedling outside and plant more gladiolus bulbs. I got a bit side tracked in those plans, but not unhappy about it. I did get a lot done just not what was planned.
I checked on the yellow squash plant that was transplanted outside earlier in the month. It was doing well. I set the cucumber seedling beside its mound to await planting.

I then went around taking progress photos of the other flowers and plants. As you can see the turnips and carrots are doing quite well. The old gladiolus bulbs from last year are coming up, but the new ones from this year have not. I don’t know if any of you pay attention this well, but do you notice anything missing from the corner with the gladiolus? If not I will clue you in. There use to be 3 other clumps of irises there. That is the only one left at the small end of the row of rocks. One week they were there the next they were gone. We have a gopher problem here so I am guessing they raided my bed and stole the irises and some, if not all the new gladiolus bulbs I planted. The gladiolus package stated they were safe from being eaten by deer. Did not say anything about furry underground dwellers. Oh, well it is still early maybe some of them survived the raid.

Ok, now back to transplanting that cucumber. It was transplanted toot sweet. I then decided I would do some weeding around the mound I transplanted it into. Well I got to going and just kept on going. I went around the fence to get rid of the cheat grass there, lo and behold I came across this little fellow all by his lonesome.
It is an iris plant. He probably got tossed here years ago when we moved them from the front bed on the south side of the house. He then was covered by an old pallet with more stuff piled on it. Last year David cleared off the pallet because it was rotting and burned the rest. So this year the iris was able to get some sun and only had the cheat grass to compete with. Once I got all the cheat grass removed, I thought this would be a good spot to make a new flower bed.

While I was thinking of what to plant there and how to separate it off so it would not get mowed, I continued weeding toward the north. I pulled a nice clump of cheat grass and discovered these funguys. I have no idea what kind they are, so I had no intention of harvesting them to eat, but it was neat to find. This just goes to show you how wet and cool the last couple of weeks of May were. I got the grass cleared away from them and found another clump a bit to the east of the first clump.

Well that seemed a good place to stop weeding for the day. I still had that new flower bed to deal with. So I put the weeds into a five gallon bucket to carry them over to the weed /leaf pile along the south fence line along the horse pasture. I carried to heaping buckets over to it. We started this pile there to cover up the puncture/devil head weeds that grow there. Suffocate those buggers!!!

I decided I would plant the valentine and sky gladiolus bulbs topped with a box of marigolds in the new bed around the lonely iris.

I am calling it my Red Hat Society bed, I don’t belong to the society. I heard of it when I worked at the nursing home. Besides the red for their hats they also had purple. So that is what came to mind for this bed. I planted two rows west of the iris and two rows east of the iris with the valentine variety gladiolus. I planted two short rows to the south and north of the iris with the sky variety. There is still an old pallet to the west which has various junk piled on it. The rv awning tarp to the north which has old oil jugs , piles of cables, and metal scrap waiting to be disposed of properly. I found the old plastic grids and buried them to form a fence to the south and east. Gladiolus were planted just not were I was planning to at the start of the day it also was a nice way to spruce up the junk piles I guess. Well two out of the three surprises were good ones. I call that a good day of yardening.

 

More Rose Buds and a Bit of Transplanting

My mini rose-bush continues to bloom and put on new buds. I counted two more yesterday(Sunday May 20th).

I was able to get out and do some transplanting of three plants. First one was the yellow squash plant. It is still doing well. It did loose the large leaf due to some windy days. After all these windy days it clouded up and rained for 3 days. I have not had to water again yet as the ground is still trying to dry out. That probably won’t take too much longer as the temperatures are supposed to be in the 80s for the next week and a half. I was also able to get most of the front yard mowed before the rainstorms. I finished the last little bit late yesterday afternoon(May 20th).

I next transplanted the single moonflower seedling. It is still alive. I had troubles getting these to stay alive after I transplanted them last year. So I hope I have learned enough to keep this one going and get a bloom.

The other was Cleo. I brought this plant in last fall to be a house plant during the winter. I just loved the cool colored leaves and wanted to enjoy it longer. I am not sure it the whole thing is going to survive but the smaller parts seem to be doing ok for now. I can always go back out and trim off the dead branches. I took three pictures of the hole I dug, because of the shadows. I could not see which looked the best.

The turnips and carrots are coming up nicely. You can barely see the carrots in the left side of the picture below. The Sunflowers did not come up. The seeds were just too old, they were in a bowl from way back in 2007’s garden seeds.

 

More Digging and Raking Going On

And a Bit of Planting Too!

I was able to get out two days in a row this week.(May 4 and 5). So here are a couple of photo galleries of my work.

Oh, here are a few shots of my yardening  get up too. 😀

This is actually an old one of my scrub jackets from when I worked at the nursing home. I kept this one because it has nice big pockets. Which are ideal for my gloves, visor, and camera or whatever I might want on hand for the yardening project of the day. I always tuck my pants into the boots, so I don’t get unwanted bugs or ticks crawling up my legs.

Update of indoor gardening.

Now lets move on outside.

DAY ONE

I had to reposition the rocks under the drain I totally missed the first go. I had to dig up some of the gladioulus and replant them once the rocks were repositioned. I planted 42 new bulbs in this corner too. I also planted carrots and turnips by the shed steps. I also moved and raked out the area on the west side of the shed steps.

The rocks before repositioning.

I had just enough energy left to dig up the small area west of the BBQ.

DAY TWO

I did a lot of digging and raking, but no planting.

The before pic of the beds around the deck.

That about does it for this week. Next yard day will be for mowing and more flower planting.

 

How My Outdoor and Indoor Gardening Progresses

 

I was able to get outdoors a couple of times now to work on getting garden spots ready for planting. The first time I was able to get some squash hills built. They are east of the shed near the fence. I hope to plant yellow summer squash, acorn squash and cucumbers on them.

 

Yesterday(April 27) I was able to get out for the second time. I dug up the bed on the east side of the shed. This bed was made late last year by David and Nick, so it was not used. I turned the earth then raked it out some what level. I raked it toward the south end, I had extra soil so I went ahead and dug up the corner of the bed. I had to move the rocks that help disperse the rain from the gutter that comes of the shed roof. I raked out the soil and then replaced the rocks. It was a little low in the corner any way so that helped level it out too.

 

My plans for this bed are to plant giant sunflowers closest to the shed wall. I am going to plant the peppers in front of them. I think I will put some gladiolus in the corner to keep the irises company.

David bought a bunch of bulbs, twenty-seven bags with six bulbs each in four different mixtures, at Dollar General last fall at 90% off. He also got some boxed seeds, two boxes of impatiens, 2 boxes of marigolds, and a box of wildflower mix. I also saved last year’s bulbs with the help of my Garden Book.

 

2017 Gladiolus Bulbs

 

Boxed Flowers

I am not going out today(April 28) as the wind is blowing straight at about 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. I don’t need a dirt shower. Maybe tomorrow I can start planting the sunflowers and some gladiolus around the irises. If I have enough energy I might even start digging and raking the beds around the shed, continuing on to the ones around the deck.

The indoor gardening is going slow. I tried starting some Big Bertha peppers from seeds of last years peppers. They did not sprout. I think I kept immature seeds. So last Saturday (April 21) I started some green bell pepper seeds and the squashes and cucumbers. No sprouting yet, but they all take 10 to 14 days to germinate. I hope they all sprout so that by mid to late May I can put them outside.

 

*Note: I am typing these up in word pad at home. I am not sure when I will next get access to internet to post them. I am putting some dates in parentheses to show what day I am actually talking about.

My Valentine’s Mini Rose Bushes

 

I had received one a few years ago from David. I had transplanted it into a larger pot. I did not realize that roses were water and fertilizer hogs. So it only lived a few months more after transplant.

This past Valentine’s Day I received one from my grandson, Marty. It was in this cute little ladybug with gold heart spots planter. It had one rose bloomed. I knew that it would not stay alive in that little pot for long so I transplanted a couple of weeks later.

 

I then started a moon flower in the little pot. It looks a bit scraggly because the seed husk stayed on the first leaf when it broke the surface of the soil. David took some little scissors and cut it off a few days ago. It is doing much better now.

I am now more knowledgeable about a rose bush’s needs after reading about them in my
“Better Homes & Gardens NEW GARDEN BOOK How-to help on gardening, landscaping, lawn care” .
Revised Edition
Copyright 1951,1954,1961
Meredidth Publising Company

Des Moines, Iowa

I think my mom gave it to me some years ago.

I water this little guy every other day or so, to make sure that the soil is always moist but not soggy. I also fertrilize it with Miricle Grow every other week. The original rose has long since died. I have taken such good care it has grown well and has a new rose bloom and two more buds starting to open.

Friday The 13th Blizzard

Not as Scary as Predicted

You may remember last week I was telling about another snowstorm coming. It came but not quite as ferocious as predicted for our area. It seems the low pressure took a wobble a bit more south. So we did not get those 15 inches. We got between 6 and 8 inches here. We still had to do some scooping on Saturday and by Sunday it was well on its way to melting. Monday brought a very windy day which continued well into today. This helped melt the snow even more, so by this morning most of the snow was gone except in very shady places. The wind finally calmed down around noon. We are expected to get another round of snow for this coming weekend too. GRRRR! I am never going to get a garden in. If it is not snowing, it is too windy.

Anyways here is some lovely photos of Friday The 13th’s Blizzard.

During

The Next Morning

The Scooping of the Snow

The Deck almost done. David took a break. It was heavy wet snow. He calls that kind of snow, HEART ATTACK SNOW!