|We got married! May 26, 2012|
And right now, I want to celebrate Spring! And ya'll know I do what I want. So here goes.
|Scout had a great winter! She loves the snow.|
It was a harsh winter for my family and friends who reside in the arctic-blasted Midwest. In Fort Collins, we had your average Colorado winter with a few frigid days, some snowy days and many sunny, mild days. Patrick's birthday (Feb 2nd) was a classic Colorado bluebird day, which is a nice mixture of sun and snow.
|The b-day boy fresh from an epic powder weekend in Winter Park|
I can always count on having big dreams for my little garden. This year is no different. This year, I'm determined to extend the gardening season as well as push the space limitations on my two 8x4 garden beds. I'm also experimenting in companion planting this year. That means I did some research on what plants help each other grow, what flowers keep pests away and which plants prefer not to live in close quarters with each other. More on all of this later. I'm still in my spring-dreaming phase, so give me some time to soak it in, along with the sun and 70-degree weather.
This is what's been going on since the first signs of spring in March:
|Weeds are the 1st to spring to life in garden area|
|Xeric landscaping begins to show signs of life|
|Mid-march: Patrick and I both get to work outside|
In a rare burst of DIY confidence, I decided to collect TP rolls and use them as seed pods this year. I cut the rolls in half, cut the bottoms in four places and folded them in to create the bottom of the pot, then taped it to stay closed. They are re-used, bio-degradable and you can just plant them with the seeds. I'm not sure if I'd do it again for five reasons:
1. They got a little moldy around the sides since the cardboard never really dried out.
2. They sat at wonky angles since the bottoms weren't perfectly flat.
3. Some rolls came apart at the seams, making open sides on some of the seed pods.
4. The tape didn't stay taped and some bottoms came apart.
5. It was a pain in the butt.
Despite all of these little issues, I still managed to grow healthy veggies.
Oh, and Yoda. He's my designated plant guardian this year. A good job he has done.
|Still Mid-March: Early seed starting for an extended growing season|
|Late March: time to transplant to bigger pots it is|
|After transplanting in late March, the veggies are looking promising under their grow lamp|
|April 20th: Veggies need to be planted or transplanted soon|
|April 20th: The yard is the greenest it likely will ever be this year|
Grow and change. That's what we do. That's what happens in this ever-expanding universe. Try to stop it and crushed you will be. I enjoy observing the change and striving to nurture it. That way, I can be a small part of its healthy growth, deep roots and flourishing life.