How Does Your Garden Grow?

Patty got home from her vacation Tuesday night and woke up full of energy Wednesday morning so we started setting up my gardens. We got the potting soil, mulch and a bird bath.
We started by pulling out the cherry tree that was moved when we put in the shed and that killed it.
This is as far as we got it. This was a big tree and heavy so we need to get a saw and cut it up to put it out by the curb to be picked up with the other yard waste.
Then we planted my little oak tree in that spot. Back when I came back to Florida Joe and Holly sent me a living seed, an acorn with the directions to grow it and now it is about ten inches and hasn’t been growing for a couple weeks so I knew it needed to be transplanted out of the small pot I had it in.
. Then we realized if Bullet, a pit bull came over to play with Otis he could run right over it and kill it without even knowing it was there so we put up the bird feeding station right next to it to protect it. This is just the bottom of the station but you can see how it does protect the little tree. And then we set up the bird bath and put the solar fountain in to it. . The fountain keeps water moving so the mosquitoes Can’t breed in the water.
Then we went to work putting together my grow boxes and filling them. What a job! We ran out of dirt just about the time we ran out of steam and we both went in for lunch and a nap.
This morning we started again. We went to Home Depot and got ten more bags of soil and some plants and came home and filled more boxes We set them up on cinder blocks so I don’t have to bend down so low to plant them. Then we put them along the fence and around the house to give the plants some support when they get bigger.
Then I planted the plants I had just bought. Four tomatoes, two egg plants, 15 strawberry plants and four pepper plants. And I transplanted some squash I had started as seeds.
these are really the strawberries but because they are just bare roots you can’t see the strawberries yet but will in a day or two. The covering you see on the box is special to these boxes, it contains the fertilizer the plants need and keeps the weeds and bugs out.
While I planted Patty put together my tower.

That took a lot of soil to fill that and it will hold all my herbs plus other small plants. I planted basil, parsley, oregano and chives plus the five straw berry plants I could not fit into the grow box and I haven’t mad a dent in all the spots I have to fill. I do have seeds to plant in there tomorrow and I have plants and seeds to plant in the other grow boxes.
So now I have my work cut out for me to make sure every thing is happy and grows fast. I will have to talk to them every day and check the water level. I am putting flowers in one box and a blackberry bush in one box for Gina.
Have a good day. I’m going to bed, I’m tired.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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