Garden hose and spray nozzle

June 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm | Posted in dirt, gardening, homeownership | Leave a comment
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Announcing the most boring post ever!

I am here to tell you that I love with all my heart my Signature spray nozzle for the hose. First of all, I picked up a 100-foot hose from Sam’s Club for a mere $25. That made me pretty happy. But then (then…) the icing on the cake was the spray nozzle from Home Depot for $8.99. It has 10 different setting…my favorites: “mist,” “shower,” and “jet.” Everyday after I come home from work, I practically run to the backyard to water the garden. Life is good.

Next week: My new pillows! (kidding!!)

Firefly

June 18, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Posted in dirt, dreams, gardening | Leave a comment
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I am in love with summer. I know a lot of people complain about the heat—and DC is certainly no exception. As hot as it is, I don’t mind it. I feel more alive. My mind is charged from the sun and from the long days that slowly turn to night.

This evening I had a special moment where I simply sat in my backyard. Since it rained earlier in the day, my garden didn’t need watering. So I sat. I sat and watched the fireflies wake up and flash their little light. It’s funny how long I can go without actually relaxing—there is always something to do. But tonight was different. Maybe the fireflies will be expecting me tomorrow.

Sunflowers

June 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Posted in dirt, gardening | 1 Comment
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About a month and a half ago I planted two sets of sunflower seeds: tall, pollenless flowers; and the gigantic kind with edible seeds. They have proven to be so hardy. Similar to my pumpkin plant, I planted all the seedlings in a rocky, clay spot next to the fence. I believe they will probably withstand anything this summer. The sunflowers are already two feet tall.

A couple weeks ago I planted the rest of the sunflower seeds. We had flash flooding for two weeks straight in Washington and those little guys kept growing. Unfortunately my onion and green bean seeds didn’t withstand the rain. Next time, I will bring the starter seeds inside to the windowsill or invest in a small greenhouse.

Raised garden bed

June 10, 2009 at 4:06 am | Posted in dirt, gardening | 5 Comments
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Last summer, I got my first taste of vegetable gardening when I grew two tomato plants in large containers. I wasn’t sure if they would actually grow in a confined space, but they did very well and I had so many tomatoes.

This year I decided to get serious. I’m feeling much more settled with the renovations of my house and felt it was time to do a major project in the yard. Daryle and I built a raised garden bed after I read about an easy way to DIY on Sunset magazine’s website.

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We bought 10x2s at Home Depot and stacked two on top of one another to have the height of the raised garden bed nearly two feet tall.
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Then used a water-based stain to protect the wood from rotting. We thought the barnyard red was fun. We dug holes in the ground to fit the posts and secure the bed in place.
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Next we lined the bottom of the bed with mesh wire to prevent critters from burrowing and laid landscaper fabric down to prevent weeds from growing through.

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We had a soil delivery from a local farm.

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Time to plant!

A baby pumpkin plant

June 4, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Posted in dirt, gardening, spring, vegetable | 4 Comments
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pumpkin plantAbout a month ago, I planted this pumpkin plant in my raised garden bed. Afterwards, I told my trusted friend with a green thumb the news in which he burst into laughs. It turns out, pumpkin plants need a lot of space. It could easily take up my entire garden bed being as it needs roughly six feet of space to grow. Instead it was suggested to replant it on the hill in my yard. I took his advice and did so. I actually couldn’t believe just how difficult it would be to dig a small hole for the pumpkin. We have really rocky soil that has chunks of clay. I managed to get the little guy in the ground and he’s doing very well. A couple of flowers have formed and it’s getting bigger by the day.

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