Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

More Tomato Madness

I think this is going to be the last of the list for this year. I'm not going to hold my breath that the others are going to germinate, but they'll get to sit and wait for a couple of weeks before I completely give up.

Since last post:

Cherokee Chocolate
Chocolate Stripe
Costoluto Genovese
Great White
Italian Tree
Marlowe Charleston
Mr Stripey
Old Brooks
Old German
Omar's Lebanese
Paul Robeson
Pink Ruffled
Red Zebra
Ruby Gold
Silvery Fir Tree
Speckled Roman
Super Snow White

Hopefully, the rain will stop and I'll be able to start my squishes and corn and melons. Woohoo!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Petals and puddles

Spring is here! For the past three days, all we've had is rain. It's great, since we've been in a drought for so long, but I wanna go out and play in the dirt! This is putting a bit of a cramp in my style, and I've had a few babies damp off.

My cherry tree is in bloom, and the pink 'snow' is piled up next to puddles. The petals look so lovely blowing across the yard.

And a picture of the cherry cuddled with one of my Japanese maples. I wish the forsythia would have held onto its blooms longer this year. That would have made a lovely combination.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

So far...

I've been obsessively checking my babies for germination, and I've got a few heads popping up. I'm very, very behind this year and just finished my tomato sowing a few days ago, so the list will get longer. So far, here's what's up and leafing:

Amish Paste
Big Rainbow
Black Prince
Black from Tula
Black Sea Man
Caspian Pink
Cour di Bue
Dinner Plate
Early Glee
Esther's Cherry
Fuzzy Peach
Green Bell Pepper
Green Zebra
Heinz 1439
Kellogg's Breakfast
Marianna's Peace
Schimmieg Stuffer
Supper Beefsteak
Transparent Yellow
White Wonder
Yellow Brandywine
Zapotec Pleated

I also have a handful of eggplant and pepper varieties that are going strong, but I don't have that list entered yet. I haven't started my corn, squashes, or gourds yet.

I have an illness. A serious, tomato bourne illness. I can't wait for shredded Jerusalem artichoke, chopped tomato, fresh basil, and parmesan salad! Spring is here and the madness has begun.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

TheSpottedBox March

polkatotboutique - cute little hairclip
kinderclothes - floral newborn hat (my friend's expecting a girl, so this is perfect!)
2by2boutique - mudslider
peas & carrots baby - wipe solution chunks (these smell so nice!)
Tiffany's Trinkets - earrings
naturebabyknits - stitch markers (which came in very handy last night, actually)
ohsnapusa - a baggie of lime green snaps Link
fairycakesandpixiebows - a lovely little clippy
scratchjewellery - fun blue zebra nail pendant (fun concept -- my SIL will love it!)
glorybeherbals - exfoliating scrub (my guy has already laid the claim to this!)
crochet frog - the cutest little crocheted bunny (it's already on our holiday tree)
distinctivedecals - fun flower decal
earth*school - a fun activity card (love these!)
thelilshoppe - two mama pads in fun colors
wooldins - soft wipe
twoseasidebabes - crocheted face scrubbie
tscrapper - very pretty bookmart (I'm going to share this with someone who won't lose it!)
princessjuliannescloset - gift certificate for $5
babus - teething bracelet in black
joyfulrose - hold it bag pattern (fun, easy project -- my favorite kind! :)
picnicbasketcrafts - diaper mist (all of her stuff smells so good!!)
elizabear - cute bear crayon

This was a great box! The stuff I can't use already has new homes.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Signs of spring

A chunk of catnip. Every year I get to dig up the new plants that pop around the 'mother' plant and send them to cat lovers around the country. This chunk is already potted up and ready to go wild in a pot or in your garden.

What a great way to wake up!

I woke up to a bunch of different messages this morning letting me know that my Jewels of Opar seeds have been entered into Etsy's Spring Equinox poll! I'm very excited about this and many thanks to Etsy admin for considering my items.

You can vote by clicking the picture below:

Thanks for the screenshot, monkeysalwayslook!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Good morning, Spring!

After Sunday's 3" snow of the year, I think we can say that Spring is officially here. Things are starting to come to life, and my list of tasks is longer and longer. I've got seeds out of my ears and little plants everywhere. So much work to be done!

We've still got a lot more work to do on the new Tomato Plantation, but it looks like we're approved for a water meter on the lot! We haven't gotten the permit yet, so I'm still keeping my fingers crossed.