Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Let Mother Nature do the Heavy Work

We went to Home Depot or Lowes garden centers to find out the best way to get some grass growing in our yard we got tons of sand here. What we found out is because this and we would have to buy tons of topsoil in Sod to get grass to grow here. Since this is where we are going to be staying we decided to take the long view. 

Here outside my garage where the leaves have been piling up for who knows how long there is some nice rich soil underneath. How do i know its good soil it is loaded with earth worms.

 We have tons of trees here the leaves are everywhere so instead of bagging them up and having them hauled away we are moving them into the rest of the yard where the sand is taking over. 

So now when I mow the yard to keep the weeds in check  I also mulch up the leaves which will eventually turn into nice rich soil. The cost nothing but some nice hard work that I was going to do anyway.

Friday, June 13, 2014

How do you know a Company is Evil

When they do everything in their power to keep you from knowing about them.

Food industry groups sue to block Vermont's GMOs labeling law

Lawsuit challenges Vermont's GMO labeling law

Second Lawsuit Filed Against County’s Anti-GMO Law

Makes you wonder what they are trying to hide that the are willing to sue a state for giving consumers what they asked for.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Guardians of the Garden

We were cleaning up the back yard this weekend and I managed to snap a few photos of some of the gardens best friends. I didn't get a shot of the garter snake that jumped out and scared the crap outta me he was just too fast.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Now for the rest of the yard

The garden is going great.
Now what to do with the rest of the yard?

 The yard is a big sandy mess that I'm not sure what we are going to do with.  I would like some grass and a dog run to keep the "mess" in one area for easy clean up.  I was thinking of setting up a volley ball net in the the middle and keep the sand in that area to give the kids something to do outside.  We still have our cheap Toys R Us pool to set up and see if it survived being taking apart and moved.

And one of the problems with buying a house online if you never get the chance ask the previous owners about things you find around the house. For example what the heck are all these water pipes for and why don't they work? We found a timer for don't know if it's actually connected to them.  The water pipes actually worked once.
  The hubby has started digging up around them to try and figure them out but I think thats gonna take a while since we only have 2 days a week off and they're not the same days.   The one day we all have off at the same time we try to spend doing family stuff.  There always seems to be other things to do on the other days off but I guess if this is where we're going to retire here we're going to have to get it done.

Where is yard crashers when you need them lol

Friday, April 25, 2014

Looks like we are going to have some Yard Babies

I wanted to get closer but didn't want to disturb mama.  I hope you can see her ...she is a Morning Dove.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day Everyone. 
I finally got around to getting my garden growing.  Now if I can just keep the squirrels out!
With all the sand in the backyard I decided to go with a raised bed .... and of course my earthboxes for my tomatoes and peppers.  They grow really well in the earth boxes because of the water storage space at the bottom making sure they have plenty.  Since I am starting late and have had absolutely no luck growing my own... I bought some seedlings of the plants I have no problem growing.  That would be tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers.  I planted some seeds for corn, watermelon, beans and peas.  I thought I had pumpkin seeds but couldn't find them.   If I have good luck with this garden I want to build two more so I can keep crops growing and getting ripe for the whole season.  
With these smaller boxes I will be able to build a quick cold frame around them and grow longer.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Florida. ...Welcome to the frickin Sun Shine State

I'm just not seeing why people come here to retire ..... it's done nothing but rain...get really cold then more rain since I got here.  And what do I have to look forward to. Hot sticky way too humid summers!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Soon To Be

Well I am definitely in the gardening mood.  I started a little bitty salad garden in a old crock pot insert I bought at the thrift store for $.25. I saw it and thought that would make a nice pot for plants and at a quarter how can I lose.  Well now I'm using it for some salad greens and since they are cold weather veggies I will just keep replanting them through the hot Florida summer and save on store bought greens shipped in from else where.  I will just throw in some fresh compost after every harvest and keep some seedlings growing to transplant in.  I have also started some salad seedlings for the garden outside since the weather is just right.