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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

~* Adventures in Gardening 2010, Part 1 *~

Yes, lovely readers, it is that time of year again! The time when I turn in to one of those people. You know, those garden people! The type that last year I swore I wouldn't become but did anyway. Yeah. I make no apologies. I am crazy and I admit, and I fly my garden freak flag high and proud!

So I have pretty much had gardens on the brain, well, since last year's garden was done for the season. As many of my loyal Scrappin My Bliss readers know, last year was the first year Kevin and I ever planted a vegetable garden. It was something we had always wanted to do and just never got around to. And we pretty much sucked at keeping plants alive. And we knew nothing about gardening. One would think this would have made us do some research, read books, look up websites, try to learn even a little something about gardening. Nope. Not our style. We are more of the lets-stick-these-plants-in-some-dirt-and-see-what-happens variety. If you were following along last year you would recall that our laid back, devil may care attitude.....worked!!!

~* our humble garden, 8.09 *~

It was a fabulous success!!! Well, mostly. I didn't have any luck with pumpkins :( or butternut squash, but ask me about tomatoes! And peppers! And cucumbers and zucchini and herbs and strawberries and...well, let's just say it was a mighty tasty summer!

So I mentioned in yesterday's post about our weekend that I would talk about Sunday separately. Because Sunday was all about gardening. Well, prepping for gardening. We worked our butts off in our yard on Sunday...in the sweltering heat and nasty humidity...for close to 8 hours. And I learned that one can seriously overestimate the amount of stuff one can realistically get done in a day. We were dirty. We were sweaty. We are still aching. And its all good!

I don't have any pictures to show what we did, and really none of it is that picturesque yet, but we got a lot done in the way of preparing for planting. For, you see, we are not just planting our veggie garden this year. We are also taking on the task of landscape design in front of our home, and in various other areas of our yard. We definitely have our work cut out for us but we are up for the challenge. In some areas we will succeed. In others we may fail. But we can say we tried, and then we can just try again.

Here is the rundown of what did and did not get done on Sunday:
1. weeded veggie garden bed  DONE
2. weeded tulip bed and strawberry patch  DONE
3. weeded front planting bed  NOT DONE
5. applied Grub-X to lawn  DONE
6. dug out and edged front planting bed  DONE
7. edged the rest of the lawn  KEVIN DOES THIS EACH TIME HE MOWS
8. blew leaves and debris from driveway and deck  NOT DONE
9. Home Depot for perennials NOT READY FOR THEM YET
10. cleaned and weeded side planting bed  NOT DONE
11. patched up areas of the lawn with seed  DONE
12. watered the lawn  DONE REGULARLY ANYWAY

In my next post in the series I will cover more of what got done and more of what is on the list to be done. Trust me...there is a lot. But we love it! And I love having you all along for the ride!


Ashley said...

Great work! I know first hand how much work that can be! Especially the weeding!

Hope your garden is a smashing success this year too!

Christa said...

I can't wait to see it when your all done:) I wish we could have a garden...maybe someday when we get a house..:)

Kathleen said...

Looking forward to seeing your progress, and hopefully getting some hints for a successfull garden of my own. Sounds like you are getting a great basis for the beginning of yours!

Hugs, Kathleen

Jodi said...

Now THATS productive.

I studied and did homework. Ok, it was productive but not fun.

But, I bet this weekend is going to be FUN!! (wink)

sheila said...

Great! I had my first garden last year and was amazed that that little garden grew so much edible stuff! This years will be a tad bigger.