Sunday, August 26, 2012

A new start...

The tiller came today, along with a wonderful crew, who worked on the backyard most of the day. They did a lovely job at a very good price. I am so happy and excited that I can start planting my fall garden. Below is what was left of the garden. Dying things that needed to hit the compost pile.


This was all that was left of the back,


and the back corner.


Now, it looks like this.






They tilled in a flatbed of top soil, and put in 2x6 plain pine untreated boards for the border. The tilling took forever. The caliche "soil" here in the back was like a brick! The "grass" if you can call it that, was attached like tendrils into the deepest part of this soil. They worked so hard to get the grass out, and it kept winding around their huge industrial tiller to the point where they had to stop and cut the tendrils out of the blades. I could not imagine what I would have done without them.

I have got plans for blueberries, and blackberries, another fig, peas, and fava's and the list goes on and on. I know that I will have to narrow the list down, but for now, the first flush of a new-virgin-untouched-pallet just waiting for life to spring forth, brings joy to my heart.

I cannot wait to have something growing again to show you all!
For now.......I am off to look at seed packs and dream!


Be safe,
Christina

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Gardening with Ginny.......

Well, my spring garden has had it....literally! The constant 100 degree temps just sent everything into early death mode! However, I am very excited because tomorrow the tiller man is coming to till the rest of the yard up by fence, and then he is going to put a 2x6 border around it.



The peppers behind the bamboo polls are staying as they are loving the heat and going full steam ahead. The basil next to the peppers, are going to be taken out and all the leaves ground up with oil for the winter. All the rest of the dead and dying there is going to be tilled into the new top soil.


The fig tree and the two rows of tomatoes are staying, although I have not decided about the cucumber yet. I'll figure it out by tomorrow morning at 8, otherwise it is getting tilled in.

 This is the other side that is getting tilled up and planted with all kinds of peas, parsnips, collards, kale, chard, and tons of other things which I am still deciding on. I have some wonderful things from Victory Seeds,  Bakers Creek Seed Co, and of course Seeds Savers Exchange.  They all have heirloom open pollinated, which I just love.



Then of course the hummingbirds have been coming to my feeder quite often. I love these little guys. We all get so excited when they come in to feed. We usually end up scaring them away because we are so noisy clomping to the window. 


Hope to get some great pics tomorrow for you!
Until then,

Be safe
Christina

Thursday, August 23, 2012

While I was studying about Paxil...





While studying today, I moved the hummingbird feeder to the middle of the porch. Because, you know, while you are studying it is always best to do Everything Else! Anyway, I found out that this little guy is the "Official Coordinator" of who can come to my feeder, and who gets chased away. I do not have a spectacular camera, but his beauty shines through.  I am always amazed at how simple, yet spectacular nature itself is. No human creation shines quite as bright as the littlest things God has created.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

In with Ginny....

Well, I am finally back on my blog after a long absence. I had computer breakdowns and generalized chaos through the ending of July and the beginning of August. I missed Johnny's event which makes me quite sad, but hopeful that Ginny will have him on again.

I am knitting, "Knitty Tangerine Twist"......still! I have had much going on here and knitting has been put aside due to studies, doctor appointments, and the ever present... "Honey-Do-List". Unfortunately, not only am I the list maker, but I am also the Honey who does it all! :)


I really like this pattern as it is very unique and fun to knit. I will have more time after this next weeks Mid-terms to jump in and knock more of it out. 
I am still reading pharmacy books and studying the top 200 drugs.  I know you all are jealous of such entertaining reads!  Alas....the life of a student, mother, worker, and general handy-man-ette!

Cannot wait to see what all of you have been up to!

Be safe out there.....
Christina

Unexcused Absences

I often wonder why sometimes I go to the blogs and find that someone has completely disappeared for several weeks. Leaving questions in everyone's mind as to what happened. Was it school, or weather, an illness, or have they just taken a mental vacation?
  The day after my last post we had quite the thunderstorm here. It knocked out power, and alas..... my poor old computer. I sent it off to the Geek Squad and they have finally fixed it and it is back in place. Thank goodness because I was beginning to wonder if I would ever see her again.

So here I am again, back on the air per se. Getting ready to hit midterms full force, which is scary for any student, much less an older one, whose brain cells have been ridden hard by children, and budgets, and work. Yet I stand strong, in the prospect of getting a better career. One which actually pays enough for housing AND food in this tough economy.

Meanwhile, the dog days of summer have hit us hard; my birds, my garden, and me!


While the birds find comfort within the bath, we have been swimming in the numerous lakes here.


Cooling off with many of the local inhabitants.



My garden has had heat issues. I have never gardened in 100+ heat, and I find that many things just essentially give up in such conditions. Many plants built for the cool temps of spring do not manage to keep up the will to stand against these brutal Texas summers. I too, have found myself submitting and going inside, rather than enduring the heat of the day.

 I water everyday, but between the clay soil and the heat, my radishes have resigned!



 It is also past the sunflowers time.



However, the peppers are loving it now, as are the cucumbers.






I have more to show you, but for now I have swimmers pulling on my sleeves, ready for the visit to the lake. So, until next time, be well!
Christina