Gardening in the Blind


Over watering
July 31, 2009, 9:07 pm
Filed under: outdoor gardening, Outdoor lawn care, pests, Uncategorized
My make shift frog pond

My make shift frog pond

I have a problem.  My backyard is slowly flooding.  I have been told that in the early 70’s there was a natural spring that ran through my backyard to the street.  It was not there the last two summers.  It is here with a vengeance this summer.  Due to the abundance of rain I have found myself battling with water and mosquitoes and flies.  I created a “pond” in order for the water to pool somewhere.  This was a great idea until it out grew my pond and spread.  I increased the size and again it spread.  So I did what any normal person would do, I threw a fit.

My running stream of water

My running stream of water

I then went closer to the source of the water and dug a trench to allow for drainage to occur.  This lasted two days and it is back to the same over flowing.  Tomorrow I am going to dig a larger trench and watch it over take it.  We are suppose to get rain every day!  The thing is it is not just a little sprinkle or two that we have been getting.  It is freaky flash flood type of thing. 

So, I am totally open to suggestions if you have any for how to deal with this.  It is unfortunately over flowing and pooling around my raised beds.  My bean bed is getting the worst of it!  Not to mention my legs and arms from the steroidal mosquitoes.

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Window Containers
May 4, 2009, 1:44 pm
Filed under: outdoor gardening, Outdoor lawn care
Cabbage in a bucket

Cabbage in a bucket

This weekend I finally had it with the old, oval wooden barrels placed under my window boxes.  I found some metal pails and white rock to replace them.  As I was grabbing the boxes to move them, I realized the bottoms had rotted out.  I knew there was a reason I disliked them so. 

Rainbow Swiss Chard

Rainbow Swiss Chard

Deron and I placed the white rock down to try to level it some and spaced the pails in front. Then we planted the Swiss Chard and Cabbage.  Afterward, I stood back to realize that almost all (except the periwinkle) is edible out front as well.  I can’t believe that I have even gone as to far as to plant the front full of edibles as well.  It makes me kind of proud to think that this is where I am.  I am utilizing all available space allotted for me to plant on for edibles to carry us over for as long as possible.  I can’t wait to see just how long I am able to see us through.  When supper comes this summer, it will be whatever can be freshly picked!  We truely can’t wait for it to happen.  It is right around the corner.



Up to my knees in Crap
April 19, 2009, 12:48 pm
Filed under: Outdoor lawn care, Seedlings

OK, so it is an exaggeration.  But I did have two larger bags of composted manure that I spread into my garden beds then tilled in.  I will spare you a picture of the manure!  We went to Harvey’s Farm and Garden Center in Westborough yesterday to pick up more items for my window boxes when Deron had the bright idea of purchasing the composted manure for the beds.  Little did I know he planned on sleeping and letting me do it.  But there was a huge since of accomplishment when I was done and looked at the beds.  Fresh turned dirt lightly raked is a beautiful thing.  I even went so far to smell the soil.  Given the fact that every turn of soil I found worms, it must be a healthy soil that I am planting in.

Green Stuff Finally!

Green Stuff Finally!

While my family has over a foot of snow out in Colorado, I decided to plant something in my window boxes.   I can’t begin to tell you what a difference some live green growth makes in front of my house.   Not to mention the 60+ degree weather.  And my family can’t understand why I don’t move back. 

In the window boxes I planted creeping thyme, periwinkle and mint.  I figured I might as well keep up the edible theme with the herbs.  I am in hopes that they will survive.  I have a lot of issues with my window boxes as they are very shallow. 

Today is opening day for the little league field by my house.  They are installing the blow-up  jumping things and a dunking booth and readying for the parade.  When I was walking this dogs one of the neighbors informed me that they changed the route this year and would be coming right past my house.  Yet another reason I am thankful for finishing my window boxes. 

On the flip side, after turning the soil in my garden beds, I spread some dirt on my lawn so I could seed it today.  I still have a small front portion to do before spreading the seeds today.  I hope that Deron will be impressed when he gets back from work today.  Now if I could just recover quickly from my sore arms!  Manual labor takes a lot out of you.