Garden Time

I may have the best intentions all the time, but I am flaky as all hell. I don’t mean to be, but I just have so much going on all the time that I forget things that are not directly in front of me. This even extends to gardening, where I will forget to plant or transplant things in the right order and then have them die on me. It happened last year with me with beans that were planted way too late. I’m also the type of person that depends on technology to keep my head straight. Without a smart phone, I wouldn’t remember what day it is, lest remember what I am doing during the weekend three weeks from now.

Sometimes, the stars align and I find a tool that is perfect for my needs. This came in the form of Burpee’s Garden Time app. I downloaded it to check it out about a month ago. It has been a good tool for planning my garden and seems like it will keep me on track this growing season. Continue reading

Ready, Set, Garden!

Spring may not be here officially yet, but that is not going to stop me from starting up my garden. Despite some last minute snow a week ago, the weather has been wonderful and I have been out in my garden getting things ready.

Plans for this year include some exotic peppers, some non-edible crops, and two new raised beds, which are all built and anchored. I even took it a step up and made an L-shaped raised bed for the front of my property using the same pallet technique I used to build my other raised beds. I only made them one piece of wood tall this time, as I did with the other raised beds I made last summer and did not blog about. So now I have a whole bunch of raised beds on the south side of my property, and one on the southwest corner in the front yard.

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Pinterest Perfection

I don’t often try things I find on Pinterest. I have a lot of my own projects and I find some of the stuff I find on there just silly. But there are some diamonds in the rough, like the absolutely brilliant idea of using magazine holders as shelving. A very simple project, and a good way to get this blog rolling again, I think.

I had a corner that needed a splash of color and a plant. So after a little Internet research, off I went to Ikea to get some sturdy magazine holders. I elected to go with the KNUFF wooden racks, which come two in a pack for $10. I went on this trip with my girlfriend who was also interested in corner shelves, so we got two packs. Continue reading

Everything’s Just Duckie

Yes, it has been a while since I posted. No, I am not dead. I just got sidetracked by life. Not necessarily in a bad way, just got involved in other things and not blogging. But the weather is nice here in Maryland and there are some great positive changes coming down the track for me.

Expect some new posts and gardening geekery in this space soon!

I fought the lawn, and the lawn won

I have been spending a lot of time outdoors. A good deal of it has been spent in the back of my property, where things are a bit wild. I am trying to pull up all the English ivy and euonymus that has invaded my yard. I do not like using chemicals, so I am manually pulling it up. But, there is a problem: I am a city girl. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and this is the first time that I have had so much as a blade of grass to call my own. So there’s a learning curve.

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In which Duckie Constructs a Firepit

I love fires. I love the smell of burning leaves and the smoky smell that gets on you when sitting around one. I especially love hanging out with friends around one, making s’mores and chatting. So I decided that I wanted a firepit in my yard. And since I am me, I couldn’t just go buy one in the store. So I scoured the internet and found this beauty, which I had every intention of building (almost) per the instructions. But no matter where I looked, I could not find tree rings! So the project went on hold until this summer, when I started looking for other inexpensive fire pit ideas.

I posted on Freecycle, looking for free bricks to build a more traditional firepit with. I also added a line asking for curved, scalloped bricks but not expecting anyone to have them. Lo and behold, someone did! He had about 100 of these beauties in the back of his property, and I was free to take as many as I needed.

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Tree Murderer

I am a tree murderer. Yes, I confess to my crime of cutting down over 20 innocent saplings, who were just yearning to be beautiful maples one day. And I don’t regret it for a moment.

When I finally found the energy to explore the back of my property where all the trees are, I was delighted to find numerous baby trees. I was excited to let some of them grow where they stood and move others to more amenable places to live out their happy tree lives. I even posted them on Freecycle and Craigslist, knowing I could not keep them all. I wanted them to go to good homes.

Then I found out what they really were.

Someone contacted me from a nature center in the area, interested in the trees for giveaways at an upcoming event. I chatted with them for a bit and sent them a picture so they could identify the type of maple I had. I thought they were Sugar Maples, which are the type that produce syrup and are native to this region. Between me and the naturalist, we identified the trees as Norwegian Maples, which are, as you can imagine, not native since they are from Norway. They are invasive to the area, taking up resources that local maples and oaks need.

While my stance on human immigration is quite liberal, my thoughts on plant immigration are not. I cut all those suckers down! Twenty-five invasive trees between one and five feet tall were plucked from my property. While I felt a little bad for cutting down trees, I know I am doing the right thing. And there are about the same amount of white oak saplings, which are native to the area, springing up in the grass next to my driveway. Plus, two of my neighbors across the street offered their baby oaks to me for replanting. I promise that for every illegal maple I mowed down, I will replace it with a nice, home bred oak.

*sigh* Sometimes gardening is full of tough choices.