Monday, March 31, 2014

What to plant in April (zone 9)

Plant seeds of:
Beans: Bush, Pole, Lima
New Zealand Spinach
Malabar Spinach
Yard Long Beans
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!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

What to plant in March (Zone 9)

Plant seeds of:

Beans: Bush, Pole, and Lima
Sweet Corn
English Peas
Sweet Potatoes
Green onions and Shallots
English Peas

What to do?

* Mound up soil around potato stems to protect tubers from sun damage. 
*Make new garden beds full of good soil to plant your seeds in (one can never have enough garden space)
* Yank out all those frozen brown plants and toss in the compost to make new dirt and life for future plants.

Working around the yard on this lovely Florida day!

Today is the 2nd day of March and its in the high 70's with blue skies and a wonderful breeze. A perfect day to start knocking out the heavy work that needed to be done OUTSIDE the house. Trash needed to be picked up, dirt moved, garden beds made, pond cleared out, and so one. I decided to tackle the yard 1 area at a time so I am working on the first corner. This area used to be where the rabbits were kept so the ground is rich with poop. I removed all the trash into a large pile then built a garden bed. Next I cleared out the old pond that had a leak in it so wouldn't hold water, I removed all the pond plants and saw how wet the soil was that was in there meaning it was able to hold water better then the ground so I filled it with dirt and dug up my bananas placing them in the old pond turned wet garden, I also added lemon grass and mint to the bed. I am also working on emptying out the old pool gardens that had become root bound weed growers and adding new soil to grow our herbs in.

Our dirt pile

New garden bed on the rich rabbit poop soil

Pond turned garden