Watch My Garden Growing

My gardening attempts in a new environment.

A Day Such As This

Good day to everyone. By 7:30 this morning I was outside watering my gardens. That is not where it ended. I fixed the fence around my neighbor’s chickens and cleaned all the chicken poop from the car port and deck. You  may be wondering why I did such things? Well, because the chickens ate my hostas and my potatoes. Yep. Every single one.

This is not the first time. For the poop or their appetite.

Let me explain. Three families live here. My husband and I took the downstairs apartment because we had a dog, Luna, who needed to be taken out and played with. We thought downstairs with easy access to the back yard was a smart move. At the time, there was just one female grad student living in the upstairs unit so we felt it was a really good choice. Then a nice ‘newlywed’ couple moved into the “cottage” above the carport area. Cool.

Well, the grad student was a mental case and would scream and moan and cry at all hours of the night. Not kidding. Ridiculous. She was a mess. But then she moved, yay! A young couple with a child and one on the way moved in upstairs and seemed like a really nice couple. Yay! Both work and seemed really responsible. They have a dog. A sweet dog. A well behaved dog. She won’t even come in the apartment when the door is open. Unfortunately, they leave her crated while they are work. Now, normally I would not have a problem with that but they don’t always come home after work. On the weekends they leave and she howls, cries and bangs against the crate for hours. My husband actually had to call them at midnight to see if everything was okay because she had been going at it nonstop for two hours. They weren’t home. Yes, they have a new baby and a toddler. We have offered to take the dog out when they aren’t home to water, feed, and let her do her business.

So, now they have bought chickens. 12. A dozen hens a-laying. They take just as good care of the chickens as the dog. Actually, the chickens have more freedom. Hence, the chicken poop issue. They hop the fence. They scoot through openings. They poop everywhere! No problem if my neighbors cleaned up after them. But I should have not expected that since they have decided trash is the new chic. I am feeling like I am living in a trash heap. I had enough.

Today, I cleaned the poop off of everything. I fixed the fence and put eight chickens back inside. Don’t know where the other four have ended up. I heard that one was hawk dinner. I cleaned up the neighbor’s trash – literally – and mess left on the deck we all share. Or, we are supposed to share. I haven’t been able to use it because their kids pool, sandbox, and two sets of tables and chairs were all over the place along with towels and, yes, actual trash. I am not happy.

I usually wash down the carport and deck areas regularly anyway but it is not my “job” to do so. I just help the property manager keep things picked up and clean. My husband does some handyman stuff for them when something breaks. We care about where we live. The other couple have planted some great flowers at the base of their stairs in order to “pretty-up” the place. The young couple? They have thrown car parts all around the parking area. I am really not happy.

The chickens have killed all but one of my potato plants. They ate ALL of my hostas. They have eaten my beans, peas and corn plants. I am REALLY not happy.

Hopefully, tomorrow, I will work in my garden and pick a nice green tomato to go with dinner. Yummy! Friday is reserved as beach day and then back to the grind.

 

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Rain, Rain, GO Away!

My poor plants! Between the deer getting to the hostas and petunias and the rain flooding my backyard, let alone home, and causing my beautiful tomato plants to break – I am pooped. We are going to get new soil and hay and a trellis to hold them up. I am afraid I will have to cut the tops of the plants off to remove some of the weight. These storms have been awful!

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One goal accomplished!

We have this ugly retaining wall that was dug out and filled with gravel when stairs were put in last year. I filled about six inches in (on top of landscaping fabric) with a compost mix.

There is not enough sun there to grow  much more than what you see. Wild strawberries, catmint and hostas – which the deer got to last week!

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Seems the deer liked the light colored variegated hostas. They took a couple of bites from the darker ones but ate the leaves from all the lighter ones. We put up some fencing as a barrier. It is only temporary but it will keep them out!

So I put hubby to work elongating the area to put in peas and potatoes. It was a very warm morning so he is looking a might peaked!

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There is a little hay and dirt in the spot and the peas and potatoes are already growing. I added a little wood ash around the peas and beans to see if it will help keep the insects at bay!

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Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away! and Mutant Ninja Snapping Turtle (aka Mr. Crankypants)

Hosta

Normally, I would not be saying that but we have had just enough rain each day I haven’t had to water the gardens. My hostas are going wild! The lettuce, spinach, collards, beets, tomatoes, onions, peppers and herbs are loving it as well.

The gardens are enjoying the mild weather. We know that it won’t last so we enjoy what God is giving us.

Young collard plants growing in a container

Everything in the yard is lush and green. My hubby will be mowing the lawn – what little we have of it, shortly. Excited to see the growth.

 

 

Oh, I saved a rather large, and somewhat cranky, snapping turtle yesterday, from being someone’s roadkill supper. He/she was as big around as my hubcap and must have weighed about twenty pounds. As I was leaving work I noticed a big grayish looking thing in the middle of the road. I stopped, backed up and moved him to the side of the road. I put my back out doing so, and it had the nerve to snap at me. No good deed, eh? My coworkers think I am silly and a little crazy for picking it up. Funny thing, they are all locals – kind of boonies rural area – and I grew up on beaches and in cities. I have no fear of reptiles so I did not think to do anything differently. They all think it is weird.

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Common-snapping-turtle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oh well. 🙂

Must go make dinner, hubs is starving to death. HA!

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Lovely rain!

Many Mini Hosta

Many Mini Hosta (Photo credit: Henryr10)

It rained last night and everything is wet, wet, wet! This is a GOOD thing around here. Last year we were in drought conditions so I am praying for periodic regular rain.

The awesome appearance so far? My hostas came back! Yep and they brought some babies along! I am so excited. Pictures will follow. I was worried that the periodic freezing temps killed them off!

Old Garden Bed

Old Garden Bed

The rain also brought cooler temps, which is another boon for us late planters! I can still plant my peas, lettuce and spinach! I will be finishing out the last raised bed next weekend and we are working on cleaning up brush. My hubby will be creating a new bed for me this weekend and we hope to get the reclaimed lumber cleaned, cut and a new deck outside the basement door. That will give us the downstairs deck to hang out on and the upstairs deck to have guests on, if we want.

I am a bit of a hermit. I work with people all week long and keep the ‘happy face’ on regardless of what goes on in life. It is a bit draining and gardening is my way of decompressing after a long hard week. I am really excited about summer coming and being able to grow my own veggies again. It provides me with solitude not found in my day-to-day life.

So, pictures are coming! They are HERE!!!

Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers

Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers

New Bed 2

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