Spring is Here!!! (At least, I think so)

13 Apr

We’ve had some wacky weather… It’s 90 degrees for a few days and then drops down to the 60’s… creeps up to a wondrous 70-something degrees and then drops again with storms intermixed.  But it doesn’t matter! I can still take a beer or glass a wine and sit outside while I watch Kade play.  And that, my friends, is the good life.  Admittedly, the last couple of weeks had me desk-ridden.  You know the semester’s coming to an end when the papers and projects pile up.  Yes, those same projects that you procrastinate until the very last minute. Guilty!

Last weekend, as a reward to myself for getting all that stuff done, I finally got to plant my yearly plants!  (I can call it yearly if it’s the second time I’m doing it, right? )  Anyhow, we ran into a bunch of issues last year – like starting late in the game, not drilling proper drainage holes for the pots, over/underwatering, etc.   Basically, my thumb was looking a little yellow instead of a happy green.  However, I still managed to avoid buying basil and cilantro last year and got to eat a couple of my jalapeños, so all was not lost.

I am super determined to manage my veggies and herbs much better this year.  We got an earlier start (the labels for all the plants I got this year recommend planting in the spring) and I decided to try something new too.

First off, we started off fresh.  I cleaned out the pots with clorox-diluted water and replaced the old plastic with a new one.  Oh, and I used clorox-diluted water only b/c I know it helps to kill off bacteria in a flower-filled vase and decided to give it a shot, not because I actually googled it or heard about it from anywhere else.  I like to stay edgy like that.

Then, Hubby lovingly drilled holes into the bottom of the new plastic pot: (note:we did use screwdrivers and hammers, but the bottom started to crack.  Drilling was quick and easy and did not risk crackage)

Then, here’s where I decided to buy myself some insurance.  Well, I guess I didn’t buy anything for this.  And I don’t know if it’ll actually work. Again, I used the old noodle instead of googling so I make ZERO guarantees that it works.  I took a plastic bag and went to my neighborhood UPS and gave a sweet smile and asked if I could pretty please have some styrofoam peanuts.  I go there often to ship off sold books, so they know me fairly well and helped me out… and yes, the 2 boys laughed at first.

To give you a better idea of what’s going on in my head, I’ll share this with you:

Still lost?  How’s this?

Are we on the same page yet?  It’s okay if we’re not… I get a lot a lot of blank stares when I try to express my thoughts.  Seriously, no one can keep up with me.  I promise Point A leads to Point B… in a very roundabout way.

For you smarties, you probably figured out that I was trying to create my own drain in anticipation for those summer downpours we get.  I don’t know how well it’ll hold up or if I’m going notice my plants sagging one day, but might as well try!  The little spray nozzle peeking behind my beautiful Ikea pot is my diluted clorox solution that I used to help clean and brighten the inside and outside of the pot.  It had been sitting outside all during the fall and winter, so I’m sure my neighbors were questioning my  judgment.

Anyhow, this is what I leave you with:

Below is a close up of the herbs (and see our new guard dog?  He hasn’t been officially  named, but I’m leaning towards Hank… Hank was a last-minute purchase when he caught Hubby’s eyes from the register)

From left to right: Mint, Basil, Cilantro, Lavender

And then of course, we had to give red bell peppers and jalapeños another round!

They look exactly the same, so I kept the tags on their respective sides

There you have it!  And in case it comes up, I used Miracle Gro’s Moisture Control Potting Soil.  I always get potting soil instead of gardening soil because I feel there’s a difference in the way the water is absorbed.  I love fresh soil though, so soft and clean…. and most importantly, worm-less!  Also, I’m lucky because my neighbors don’t seem to mind the greenery.  Probably because I told them they could use the mint for their own mojitos (yes, that is the only reason I added mint to the mix this year.  Why wouldn’t I pay $3.50 for an unlimited supply when it cost $2 for 2 stalks???)

Oh, and I got giddy when I went into Whole Foods and found some beautiful pink ranunculuses (spelling???) the other day.  Kade was a little iffy on the whole deal at first….

And it only took a day for them to open up and straighten up like this:

Oh, and I do add a small clump of brown sugar to store-bought flowers because it seems to keep them fresh longer.  And that I learned from someone else instead of pulling it out of my you-know-where.

Happy Friday the 13th!!


2 Responses to “Spring is Here!!! (At least, I think so)”

  1. Barbara Putnam April 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    brown sugar? good to know. 🙂 you’re just a self-made martha stewart. i love it! you should name the bulldog herschel… or maybe just hershey since he’s a pup. 😉 if we actually had a yard, i’d probably consider a small garden too but since we lack in the yardage department, i’ll just continue to inhale greatly in the produce aisle of winn-dixie. hope you have a great day and enjoy your weekend!! ❤

  2. AlexOnActing April 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    I kill everything but Basil.

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