Junkpile: Sorted and Moved

This is the junk pile.

The Before

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David asked me to deal with it so that he could continue digging out this side of the shed.

He needs to replace another rotting out board below ground level.

He also wants to level this area out so that it will drain better and not have standing water against the shed.


The Afters


Speaking of the east end of the garden the summer squash have started setting on fruit.

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This is the pile of trash that was sorted out of the junk pile.

It was mostly plastic items and broken garden tools.

The big plastic sheet is the shower walls from BOB that were removed.

The green cloth material was BOB’s old dining room blinds.

There are also some old BBQ grills and washer and dryer motors.

The blue lawn chair and Frisbee were also in the junk pile but I am keeping them.

That all fit nicely into the back of the pick up.

My son disposed of it all the next day in town.


 

I also straightened up around the front of the shed here are a couple more after photos.


Two days later our area was hit by a really nasty storm.

That is a whole other post.

Mother Nature, Old Man Winter, Jack Frost!

Who is in Charge Around Here?!

 

One of the newly transplanted acorns.

Do you remember these happy little squash plants?

All transplanted and ready to grow into big beautiful plants that would provide squash for the supper table.


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This was the sorry site yesterday!

After many days of unseasonably cold, cloudy, windy and wet they all gave up before their time. They were little troopers though. They tried to hang on after the windy days. The cold finally took them.


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The good thing is that we continued to grow indoors.

David replanted seeds yesterday. He also dug some more hill holes. I will be mounding the new holes later this morning once it warms up a bit. Then David can transplant some of the indoor plants.

It was a good thing David told me to hold off on transplanting my peppers outside. I was going to actually plant them the day before this killer cold snap.

Well hopefully those three I mentioned in my title have figured it out so we can get on with growing a nice healthy garden.

Can We Plant Now!?

 

We have been having lots of wet and cold days. David and I are both anxious to get the garden planted. Well it has finally stopped being rainy and last night the low was 46 degrees. It looks as we are now past the danger of having frost. So today we will be starting some of that planting!

David and I have been taking the occasional nice day here and there getting places ready to plant the baby plants that we have been growing inside.

These are David’s squash plants that he has been growing in peat pots with potting soil.

He has acorn, butternut, and butter bush varieties. They will be going outside today.

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The acorn squash will be going in these three holes in front of the house

between the back step and the front deck.


These four holes will be the home for some of the butternut squash.

They are out past the corner of the shed and at the east end of the yard.

The butter bush will be planted along the fence line behind my clothes line,

but that area still needs the holes dug.


David has also been working on getting the shed stairs retaining wall finished.

He has the wall done.

He now has to back fill around it.

He has done an AWESOME job!


I have been working on getting a spot ready for my gladioli and one for the carrots.

( Gladiolus varieties 20 bulbs of Rainbow Bouquet and 10 bulbs Pretty Pinks)

I got the spot around the deck ready. I hope to start planting them soon.

I will be helping David get the squash planted today though.


This is the before and after shots of the spot for the carrots.

I think I will also plant my two early sprouting marigold plants in the corners.

(Marigold French Dwarf Double Mix variety will grow to 12 inches)

I also have some helichrysum sprouts that I will plant closer to the house just behind my decorative stick.

(Heichrysum Tall Double Mixed Colors variety will grow to 2 to 3 feet)


Until I am ready to transplant, the marigolds can sit on the deck and soak up the sun.

They are in the company of a couple of green bell pepper plants that were also started from seed indoors.

The peppers will be going in the backyard this year in the spot where

David thinned out the strawberry patch last fall.

It still needs more preparation before I can start transplanting.

At least I think they are green bell peppers. I also planted small sweet peppers, but my signs got wet and I moved some of the little peat pods around so I am not sure which they are.

The indoor garden.


I also have this planter of marigolds that I moved out onto the deck.

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I have not decided if I will leave them in the planter or transplant them to various spots around the yard and garden spots.

I do have about ten more packets of seeds.

So I could just through those around too now that is warmer at night.

I might just stick to growing them in a planter then transplant. I am sure I would pick the thrown around ones as weeds because some of these weeds around here try to pretend they are marigolds when they first sprout.


I also found my little pansy or johnny jump up , which ever you prefer.

I weeded around him. Then put some more soil and this block of wood around him.

I think he grows there well because the corner is shady most of the day and when it rains

water seems to pool there.

He looks much happier.

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Well I will be off getting started right after a “quick” check of Facebook.

Teenage Mutant Zuccini Squash!

I don’t know if it is teenage, but it sure is a mutant.

We had seen this zucchini squash growing for a week or so, David finally picked it yesterday.

I was able to get a good look at it now that he brought it in.

The flower did not close like they usually do.

It was growing seeds on the outside of the fruit.

The Garden Then and Now