Garden

Productive planting

Yesterday was an incredibly productive day. I mean seriously productive. I got up at 4:50 a.m. and went to a spinning class. When I got home, I took my dog for a walk before work. I made breakfast for two days and lunch. I got a ton of stuff done at work, too. AND when I got home, we made dinner that I had marinated overnight before running to Home Depot to buy mulch. And yes, I spread it, too! This seriously never happens! I don’t know what took over and said “You are not gonna sit still for a single second today,” but it needs to happen way more often.

On to my productive planting…

This weekend my dad met up with a parent he met at on of Elliott’s baseball games go was splitting her perennials. She gave him an entire trunk-full of plants for us to plant in our yard! Thank you so much, Rene!

Free plants

We got right to work unloading and planning where to plant our plants so we could get them back in the ground and soaked with water. Three hours later we planted two hastas, three liriope, a bunch of lamb’s ear, a bunch of fern…. and a ton of other stuff we didn’t know the name of. We also transplanted one of my strawberry patches to join it with the other patch, so now I have one huge patch! Yummo.

Last night on my productive spree, I dragged the hubby (OK, OK, he went rather willingly) to Home Depot to buy mulch so I could mulch my new garden beds. We bought 15 bags for only $1.48 each. Score!

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In the photo above we have some daffodils braided down on the left and my strawberry patch on the right. I’m not crazy about daffodils, so I am thinking I might eventually make the whole thing a strawberry patch ūüėÄ

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This picture is less exciting, seeing as I don’t know the name of this plant, but it has pretty purple flowers and will hopefully wind up the fence when it grows. It also shows my next plan for my garden, which is lining all of my beds with big(ish) rocks. The tricky part — I don’t want to pay for them haha. I will be rock ¬†scavenging to try to complete this task. I’m starting with the beds on the side of the house so the incompleteness won’t be super obvious when you drive by. I think it will look really great when it’s done.

This weekend I’ll be planting six tomato plants, which is absurd because how many tomatoes does one person really need? And yes, only one person in our house eats them — me!

I got three regular plants, one Roma plant and two cherry tomato plants. CAN’T WAIT FOR TOMATOES!

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Speaking of gardening… my broccoli are doing well (I think). We cut down the itty bitty tree right behind our car port earlier this spring to help get my garden bed a bit more light. The broccoli look¬†like they are doing well, but I know my dad’s plants will be 80 times the size because of their direct sunlight all day long. I think this year will be really telling for future garden plans. I thought about moving my garden to the back corner of the yard that gets more sun, but that was gonna be way more expensive so I decided to give this area one more try.
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And to round out a productive planting post… you know what isn’t productive?

This guy….

He just wants to play in the dirt and chase water from the hose. In fact, last night he took to crying when we stopped playing with the hose. Needless to say, he was rather soaked by the time we went inside for the night.

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And when he isn’t sidetracking me from gardening, he’s certainly not being productive inside….

Lazy bones!

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Happy (belated) birthday, Chester!

OK, our yard is awesome. We hosted a mini birthday party for Chester, Remmy’s awesome doggy friend, and the two crazy dogs ran around the yard like maniacs (OK, Remmy ran like a maniac, Chester ran from Remmy). It was a really great time and I’m glad we are able to have such play dates because of our new awesome yard. The hubby and I really did hold out for the right house with the right yard — it’s definitely paying off.

Other outside news… my garden didn’t die overnight! Check out this sweet set up I’ve got:

The entire right half of the garden is different types of lettuce. The darker plants on the right are broccoli and cauliflower. Mmmmm. It’s making me hungry just thinking about all of the fresh veggies I get to eat this summer. Maybe I’ll even try new recipes! … Maybe.

The hubby made fun of me yesterday because I got the hose out to water my garden. He thought I was going to wash the grime off my fairly new car. I scoffed at him and said that Humphrey (my car) could wait to be cleaned, but my garden couldn’t wait to be watered. I love my garden! I can’t wait to plant more. I want an entire bed full or tomatoes! Mmmmm.

The last exciting part of my day yesterday was that the trees in our yard are starting to bloom. I mentioned a while ago how excited I am for spring¬†because¬†we house hunted in the dead of fall and winter. Well, I am liking what I’m seeing. Our trees in the back have little leaves and the trees out front have pretty pink flowers! Those are my trees and my flowers! Holy moley!!!

You should basically call me the Lorax because I am totally loving all of my trees. Speaking of which, does anyone know what kind of trees they are?

I know our yard is going to be totally green and we’re going to gain a ton of privacy because I stalked us on Google Maps. Look at all the trees once they bloom. Yay!

Happy spring! And happy Tuesday!