Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Saturday Before Vacation Project - New Dry Creek Bed April 29th,2017

When we moved into our house, there was a deep ditch or creek at the back of the property on the east side that wrapped around all the way to the south side of our property. We were told several things by several people. That this was a creek that had dried up, that it was made by kids riding their dirt bikes and that it was a hollowed out ditch so that people could burn their trash. I suspect all the above. As we have cleaned the property and dug into the earth, here are some interesting finds that now rest upon hubby's shelf in our study. Notice the old Coke bottle in the back? I suspect the blue jars may be Vick's Vapor Rub??

As of today, this is what that ditch became. Now to add more plantings and then it will be complete.

The concrete that will later become our shop in the second photo, now covers the other half of the creek.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Lettuce From Last Year in a Miracle Gro Soil Bag????

This is what my bag of Miracle Gro lettuce looks like this year. I found this idea on Pinterest, Miracle Gro Bag of Lettuce , some time ago. The difference in mine was that I used an old wheelbarrow to hold the bag so I could roll it in and out of the garage until it got established. I also used Mesclun seed instead of lettuce seed.

Funny thing is, I didn't sow new seeds. I ate the lettuce I had last year, it regrew, then I let it grow tall and go to seed. I left it out in the elements all fall and winter long (bad me) and it has rewarded me this Spring. It takes a licking and keeps on ticking!

New Three Tiered Garden Bed - 6' x 3'

Hubby built me this on Saturday. It matches the compost bin he made for me last year. I love it!

The mixture that was placed into it is a lot of organic compost, garden soil, peat moss, and peat hummus. All this first tilled into the sandy spot I chose (our base soil is sand because we live near the lake) in the back yard. Then the raised bed was placed on top. I like this version of a raised bed because the top tiers can be removed if needed. I also need this version to help keep 2 dogs out!

I planted several tomato plant and pepper plants. Hubby bought hot banana pepper plants from Lowe's and I grew the tomatoes and some of the other pepper plants from seed.

The construction:

Almost time to plant:

Peppers and tomatoes, I hope they like it here:

Matching compost bin, from here Compost Bin: