Monthly Archives: April 2009

No room to Garden? Yes you do!!!

 

I have referenced to EnviroMom before as they come up with some great stuff.  This is another one of those brilliant posts. 

I absolutely LOVE this.  I have plenty of space for my garden and this makes me want to strap a piece of gutter onto a wall and plant.  I really think I am going to.  Now obviousally there is no root vegi’s going on here, but let the greens grow!!!  Herbs and yummy strawberries too.  There are no excuses for not growing something edible this year.  Get plantin’.

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OPRAH, thats right, Oprah

I hope that you were able to watch Oprah today (4-22-09).  I know, I know, normal people work and have lives.  I never have time for t.v. during the day anymore, but today was Earth Day.  I took part in my 2nd annual Oprah Earth Day program.  Last year was good, Julia Roberts was on and they showed how vermicomposting works.  This year was exceptional, if you did not see it you need to go on line and watch it.  You will not be disappointed.  I promise.  I felt myself wanting to cry through most it.  I am hoping that was a normal reaction, I think so????  Anyhoo I never push things unless I mean it, and I mean it, check it out!

On another note of being the proud parent that I am…  My son came home from school today asking if he and his friends could go up and down the street picking up trash.  I am so tickled with his compassion!

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HAPPY EARTH DAY

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Happy Earth Day!

I hope you all feel like this is your day!  I sure do.

I know it is Wednesday and it is still the middle of the work week, but be sure to do something great today for our planet.  Check with your city’s website and see what is going on this weekend in honor of Earth Day.  Redmond Oregon has it’s annual litter pick up in the canyon.  Head on down there and take part, you will feel so good about what you have done.  Be sure and include everyone, the kids and all of their friends can only make for a more exciting day. 

 

-MY PART-

Well, the garden is 1/2 in.  I cant wait for the rest of it.  Don’t forget to leave a little room for regular reseeding.  We want to be able to enjoy our garden as long as possible, not just all at once.  I feel so accomplished, I can hardly stand it.  I really do feel like that is my baby out in the corner.  I am trying rows this year for the firs time.  My friend Ann gave it a shot last year and is totally pro row girl now.

The chicks pullets are doing well, I swear I will get the coop picks up soon.  I am working on a huge project that I cant wait to tell all of you about, just not quite yet.  Anyway, big personality’s (those 3 girls).  Trixy is my fave.  Then Omerosa and Crystal.  Yesterday Trixy started squawking very loud.  I have just recently been letting them out of the coop as I don’t have the pen built yet.  I ran over there to find that she had been around the corner from the others and started to panic.  She is now known as the chick that cries wolf.  The next couple of times that happened, I didn’t run.

I put up my clothes line.  I put the clothes out @ 8:00 last night and pulled them in this morning, I love this weather.  I thinkI have convinced my husband that laundry doesn’t have to be done every day, we can shoot for every other day.  Baby Steps, I guess that is what it is all about.

Again, Have a Great Earth Day and actually embrace it and everything that it stands for!!!

 

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Q and A

tt0126230My neighbor Kendra had some great questions that I thought I would attempt to answer.  I am choosing to answer them in a post because I thought that they might be able to help others as well. 

Where to get manure to blend in with the garden

I frequently see manure being advertised on Craigs List.  Typically it is free, sometimes they will offer to deliver for a small fee.  I would recommend looking for “aged” manure.  Don’t worry if it is mixed with shavings and straw, the more the merrier, it is all great for the garden.  Regular or fresh manure is “hot”  and could burn your plants. 

Kendra had concerns with having time to start and maintain a vegetable garden

I would suggest starting small.  Even a patio garden is better than no garden.  If you don’t have time to prepare a garden maybe you could start this year with pots.  I have a garden and I have mescalin mix in pots on the patio just for fun.  Just make sure that they have enough space to grow properly.  You wont be able to feed the family for the year, but trust me it’s enough to give you the bug to really want that garden for next year.

What do I have the worms for

I have worms in the worm bin for easy composting.  Call me lazy, but it is pretty nice to open the garage door and the worm bin is right there.  I have worms in the compost pile too.  They were thrown out there when my worm bin failed last year.  This is working out nicely because it is moving the pile along even faster than without them.  So to answer the short version answer would be for quicker composting .

Thanks for the question, it makes me feel like someone is reading.  LOL!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!!!

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Close to gettin’ kicked out

You remember those 3 cute chicks that I had to have?  Well, I would call them pullets now not “cute chicks”.  I feel that I do have to go on the record and tell everyone that Trixy (the one that was so ugly I serious contemplated taking her back) is still not beautiful, but by far has the biggest personality.  Glad I didn’t send her back, she is kind of funny.  Anyway, the coop is almost done and I cant wait to throw them out.  I am ready to have my laundry room back.  weather permitting, Cam and I are going to paint the coop this weekend.  Come on weather, work with me.  

I hope you all have big plans for the weekend.  Get outside. 

I thought I’d better give a worm update.  They are doing great!  All are alive and counted for. 

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