Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
My dh built this a la the SFG book. It's a wood frame with chicken wire, which will keep out the cats, squirrels, groundhogs and bunnies--I hope--and for now, are covered in plastic. Not very pretty, but I am hopeful that it will keep the freshly planted seeds from washing away in this heavy rain.
What to do on a lazy, rainy Saturday afternoon when no gardening can possibly be done? Nothing to do but wait for the semi-frozen bog to warm up and dry out. So I decided to stroll around and see what plants were bravely showing their faces.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Last year my dear husband built me 4 raised boxes within which to grow vegetables. The idea comes from the book Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholemew. His main idea is to grow plants in a grid pattern for maximum produce in a small space. By the time the boxes got built and ready for planting it was the end of May, so this year will be my first foray into the perilous pastime of early spring gardening.
Welcome to green thumbs, all thumbs, dirty-nailed typists, eco-voyeurs, anyone who enjoys gardening or just the idea of it! Living in Ottawa, Canada, the world's second coldest national capital (after somewhere in Siberia I think) the short season makes gardening a longed-for pleasure. This year has been especially brutal and there has been snow on the ground from the end of November until now, where only the ghosts of drifts remain.