Thursday, November 19, 2009

Here we are...

[caption id="attachment_190" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Sparkler radish planted October 5-6th."][/caption]

Ok. I finally took some pictures, but then had to load the new PS Elements 8.0 before I could bring them to you. Lame, I know. And that took a few more days because then my mouse was out of commission. So, finally we are back in business. Thankfully. It has been so beautiful outside that I am just loving it. Unfortunately, so are the birds. And despite the fact that they have plenty of bird seed, they are thinking that my lettuce and newly sprouted lettuces are wonderful and eating them down to the ground. At first, I thought I had some kind of worm, but then discovered the birds. Some baling wire to make some little hoops to fit over the lettuce and seedlings & a trip to the local hardware store to buy some bird netting to fit over those hoops has solved the eating problem, but not the bird issue. They are seriously everywhere. My dog is going crazy chasing them. And somehow, every morning I go out there, they are getting into the chicken coop. I just came in from there, and there were seriously 10 sparrows and a dove. The dove is still in there. It wouldn't come out. So, I say, whatever, to it!

I planted some celery this year, and don't know if it will make it, but it has sprouted and they are seriously the smallest little leaves I think I have ever seen. The brussel sprouts have sprouted and the peas are starting to climb. YAY! I have a couple more new little basil plants that if anyone wants, they are  free to come pick up, since I have 3 already and really don't need anymore. Although, I did discover that my chickens love basil. I have been giving them the extras. And I started with 9 strawberry plants and am already up to 12.

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[caption id="attachment_193" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Celery seedlings"][/caption]

I am excited to see the scarlet runner bean growing just like a bean! And by that I mean, it is a fast growing plant, so much that I can probably measure it's growth every day! I am excited to see it in a few weeks. I do have a laurel bay that I really need to get into a pot, as it is sitting in it's plastic nursery pot in the garden. I am pruning it into a topiary and it is pretty so far. The leaves look awesome as wreaths so that will be kind of nice to have as well as the culinary uses.

Ok. Gotta go. I have tickets to "New Moon".



  1. This is all gorgeous! You are putting my garden to shame...I may not let Heath see yours when we come into town.

  2. azraisedbedgardensJanuary 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Nice operation you dont mess around!!! I have a few cactus wren who ate some of my tomatoes. I fenced them out one time and then something started eating all of my basil. took the fence off and things got back to normal they like to get in there and kick around I had thought maybe they were feeding on the pest that were eating my basil so I let them back in they can tell a ripe tomato from a unripe tomato so I pick my tomatoes a little early and always leave a couple ripe cherry tomatoes for them. I also find they like to taste alot of things you know just taste just poke a hole and not eat the rest !!! Like my mom used to say don't waste food. I live in the east valley ironwood / mcdowell area and we have little chipmonks or ground squirels NOT SURE WHAT THEY ARE but I had my prize strawberry solen by one. As I watched the little guy sit on a large rock in my yard and devour it I thought to myself I will kill you all !!!!!!!! But then as I watched. I saw a little smile on his rat face. I think he enjoyed it more than I would of .Chris