Monday, March 31, 2008


I planted some Watermelon and Cantaloupe seeds yesterday. Let's see...I planted them in the area by the water meter (a new place, but for some reason I think the watermelon will do well there), in the berm-y area out front between the Lantana and the Easter Lilies, and then finally in the area just east of the Shumard Oak. This will be a grand experiment to see which seeds come up, and which don't.

Also 'planted' some more wild flower seeds. Man, I really need to get rid of those things...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Texas Mountain Laurel

So, I've noticed in the neighborhood that there aren't many Texas Mountain Laurel trees. And I don't know why this is. Probably has something to do with the seeds being poisonous. But this is why you don't eat them.

Anyhow, I took some seeds from the tree at the HEB down the street. and then I decided to plant them around the homestead area (a couple out by the rose bush, and a couple by the composter). Who knows if they'll come up (the ones out by the composter have the best chance I think because they aren't competing with other plants, plus I was able to actually plant them in the ground).

Now I only have to wait like 5 years to be able to see anything.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

More Seeds

I bought more seeds today.

This time I got flower seeds though. Entirely for the 'shade' garden.

Columbines, Impatiens, and Coleus.

I'm not going to follow the directions of 'start indoors' because it seems like way too much work for annuals that I don't get anything from other than not having a dirt patch for a garden. So, I will sprinkle the seeds about in a few weeks. I figure I'll keep the columbine seeds where the columbines are, and the impatiens will go around the stepping stones, and therefore the coleus will go in between the two.

Also, I spoke with Pam, Baking Goddess Extraordinaire, the other day and she's starting a garden too. We're going to go halvsies on some plants and seeds because she knows she won't be able to use all the seeds in a pack, and it's cheaper to buy the 6packs than it is to buy the singleton plants. Now we just have to figure out what we each want to grow in our respective gardens this year...

Friday, March 14, 2008

Seedlings Growing

The seedlings are doing fine at work. Though they do need to beef up quite a bit before being planted in the big bad outdoor world.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Yard Work

We did yard work on Sunday the 9th. This is mostly because we couldn't work on finishing the bathroom because of a lack of mirror (Lowe's was out of the size we needed).

We mostly just sucked up the leaves in the energy dissipater (picture below...keep in mind that we need to clean it out again to get in all the nooks and crannies), and chipped the twigs and branches in the yard as well as the pineapple leaves that were laying all over the deck. The chipped items made it to the front yard garden area (which, by the way, is where the Easter Lilies are coming back...I thought I ripped them all out last year...freaking flowers). I'm guessing painting the deck will be the next project on the agenda when the bathroom is done.

Also, the wild flowers seem to be doing well. So well they're starting to take over the yard, in fact. Shawn is not happy about this turn of events, but I pointed out that he should be starting to mow again soon, and therefore he won't have to deal with the plants being in the grass since he'll just mow right over them and they'll die. At least that's the theory.