Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cultivation Begins

Since we have decided to increase the size of our vegetable garden this year, we have a LOT of soil to prepare.  The two original vegetable patches will, this year, become flower beds.  I adore color in my garden, and that's plenty of room for a plethora of flowers.


I found an electric cultivator at Amazon; Home Depot didn't have any in stock, and I get free shipping from Amazon, so it all evens out.  It's been working like a champ!  We have two sections of the garden ready for planting, but we haven't got the drippers laid out yet.  Sisters have opted to add some moisture control soil to our native soil to help mitigate the loss of said moisture due to our hot desert climate.


I actually did a little of the work; I raked the decomposed granite away from the planting beds.  For about 20 minutes and I was done.  But it felt good to participate  in the readying of our garden.  And it's a glorious day!  There's a nice breeze, puffy little white clouds sailing by, intermittent aircraft heading in to Sky Harbor Airport, birds and butterflies!


Now we have to figure out what kinds of flowers we can actually grow besides Lantana and Verbena, hibiscus and bougainvillea. :)  Maybe we'll take a trip over to Moon Valley Nursery.  They have very high quality plants.  That's where my dwarf lemon tree, Fred, was born.  I had a talk yesterday with Fred.  I told him he'd better get a move on and flower soon.  I'd like to have his lemons before I have to tell him adios. ;)  Since the area where we will plant flowers is relatively shady, we should be able to get something pretty.  I hope. :)


So, I'm very, very excited about what we're planting this year:  

  • Basil -- needs watching.. don't let it flower!
  • Mexican Grey Squash
  • Early White Bush Scallop squash
  • Burgess Buttercup squash
  • Zucchini!
  • Straightneck Early Yellow squash
  • Waltham Butternut squash
  • Table Queen Acorn squash
  • Poblano peppers
  • Anaheim Chili
  • California Wonder Bell Peppers
  • Jalapenos
  • Cubanelles
  • Serranos
  • Thyme
  • Tarragon
  • Italian Flat-leaf Parsley
  • Brussels Sprouts 
  • AND... SPINACH!!!!!
So, you see, we'll be in vegetable heaven!

On the agenda for this week; I had better get that damned PET Scan rescheduled before I see Dr. Fastenberg, or he'll yell at me. :D  Car's getting the lift put on it on Tuesday, Nancy will be 54 that day.... old bat...I'll go into the plant on Wednesday, using the new lift for my scooter, and then this week, it's Herceptin Thursday.  A full week ahead.  :)

Live long and prosper, all!

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