Monday, March 31, 2014

What to plant in April (zone 9)


Plant seeds of:
Beans: Bush, Pole, Lima
Cantaloupes
Okra
New Zealand Spinach
Malabar Spinach
Amaranth
Orach
Roselle
Yard Long Beans
Peanuts
Cow Peas
Southern Peas
Sweet Potatoes

What to do:
* Stake tomato plants with a rigid stake that is at least five feet tall. This will help keep fruit off the ground.
* Keep everything well watered during dry and hot spells

Monday, March 10, 2014

To Do List Item: Create a New Fire Pit Area

Since we no longer wanted the simple hole in the ground as our firepit I found a simple and cheap alternative; Cinder-blocks. We had tons of the littered around our yard that through our cleaning were stacked in a neat pile ready to bed used. So i built garden bed after garden bed out of them, but what do you do when you have no more room for gardens? Find another use and a firepit was perfect.

Here is our before shot of the area:
(Warning: It looks like crap, dont harm your eyes)
I went and leveled out the ground adding crap dirt that we emptied out of other things. I then removed all the torn up cardboard boxes and pavers around the pit. I raked out all the branches that were still in pit and moved them to the side. I then laid out new cardboard as a weed block, and gathered up my cinder blocks. I made a circle and set the blocks around it then best i could. I then used the pine bark my husband had got for me as a mulch on top of the cardboard ( I ran out of mulch and need more). I also built a small bench/ chair out of the remaining cinder blocks for people to sit on; I will add 2 more benches.

Here is the after, no need to avert your eyes its much better!
Brooke is testing out the new bench with her rabbit Nibbler. 


Saturday, March 8, 2014

A New To-Do

To-Do: This list is always changing as I am always thinking of more ways to improve our house and yard.

~ Plant a fruit paradise in the front yard
Since I couldn't keep up with an annual garden in the front yard as well as the backyard, I stripped all the beds away to leave the bare bones: weeds. I am not one for wasted space however so I quickly designed a fruit paradise for the front yard. Hopefully by this time next year I will have a completed and growing healthy front yard full of mulberries, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, kiwi and other misc yummy fruits.

~ Paint Bedroom taupe/grey and  have a corresponding color theme throughout room.
When we moved in I thought it would be super romantic to have a red room with gold, orange accents. Well as it turns out I hate it, I have been stuck with it for almost 3 years now and I am ready for a change. I found these light grey kinda taupe color that I think will be lovely. I plan to do a light yellow accent with it on the curtains which I will sew, and the bedding.

~ Paint the kitchen light blue
From our light green living room you can see into the kitchen (we have a very small house). This is the only room we didn't paint when we moved in almost 4 years ago and its an ugly yellowish color. I found a lovely light blue that I think will look great with our current green in the other room while bringing in a calming nice color.

~ Build corner shelves for the living room.
Because lets face it you can NEVER have enough shelf space, especially when you have an unhealthy addiction to books.

~ Create a flagstone patio by our rocket stove. 
When you walk out our screened in porch and turn towards the backyard you are greeted by a small rocket stove that I built. I would love to create a little flagstone porch right there for a chair and the grill.

~ Create a new firepit area that enjoyable and looks good. 
For a while now our firepit has been a simple hole dug in the ground surrounded by pavers. It served its purpose for being cheap and working but as I work hard to recreate our backyard into something lovely I want the other aspects of our yard to follow suit.

~ Build grape trellises.
This explains itself I have grapes I need something for the grapes to grow on.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spring has Sprung








Building garden beds

I have been getting this yard under control after letting it slip away and a big chunk of that was rebuilding beds, weeding them out, and adding the good soil! So that's what we have been up to round here!