It’s raining out and I can feel the to-do list getting longer rather than shorter.
Currently the list includes:
- Weeding. Shocker! It’s been alternating rain and sun, heat and damn near freezing here, which means the weeds are popping up faster than I can grab them.
- Designing my containers for the year. I can’t believe I haven’t done this yet. By this time I usually have my shopping list with me at all times and I’m picking up things as I find them. Crazy year.
- Designing a secret project that is coming up in just a few weeks. Can’t tell you more yet!
- Planting. I actually have a few plants already that need to get in the ground. At least this is a fun job.
- The little matter of a giant raised vegetable garden to build. Eek.
I’m also working on a couple of garden projects in the basement that involve taking perfectly good new things and changing them. This includes a couple of trellises and a new container. I’m not sure when I started thinking that it was OK to buy something and cut it apart, but I’m embracing my insanity on that one. Hopefully I’ll finish those up this weekend and be able to show you them next week.
Before I move on to more pressing matters, I have a question for you. As you know, we are about to build a very large raised bed vegetable garden and I’ll be blogging and making videos about it as we go. My question is, are you interested in a cost breakdown? I hesitate to even suggest it because 1. I don’t really like to see these numbers on paper, and 2. I can see that it’s going to be a lot and I don’t want anyone to think they can’t do a project like this on some scale. But I will do it if it’s helpful and if people are truly interested. So let me know in the comments.
The good news is that the area for the garden is to be graded on Monday! After that it’s just laying out and building 12 beds, installing irrigation, filling the beds with soil, putting paver base and gravel on the paths, building a fence and planting them. No biggie right? (Note, I will give you beer and pizza if you want to help and you can have tomatoes in August if you can recommend a good and not crazy expensive fence contractor in southeastern Wisconsin who can fit me in on the fly when we’re to that point.)
But onto the good stuff the internet has to offer from this week:
My yard looks much like Beth’s these days, although perhaps a few days behind. She’s right though, it’s a blink-and-you-miss-it time of year.
I know I’m a bit late for Mother’s Day gift ideas, but I have a good one. Roo Aprons sent me an apron to try. I’m not a huge apron person but this thing is close to life changing. I got the half apron (Joey). It has a wide strap with a plastic pinch buckle so you can strap it on tight and that’s good because what you do next is fill it up with harvested veggies, eggs or weeds, which is what I’ve been doing. Then you just flip it down (there are little slip ties on the side) and it dumps out. It makes weeding so much faster.
Straw bale gardening is becoming so popular. I’ve not done it but I know a lot of people are trying it. Here are some great suggestions on how to get started.
If you’ve been here for any time you know I love a sharply edged garden bed. Last year I got a gas edger and was smitten, and the topic of edging came up on the California Spring Trials trip (this is what gardeners talk about in a van; what a crazy bunch). But Marianne tells the tale better than I do.
The winner of the HOT flowers giveaway is Heather P! Congrats Heather!
That’s it from here. Have a great weekend everyone and happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. I hope the weather lets you get out in the garden this weekend!