In gardening news, I have tons of photos from the weekend, and wanted to show some random ones for this post. Anyway...here goes.
The last rain barrel that was contructed was no more than 20 feet from the main garden box, so I hooked a garden hose to the spigot and have been watering with it. It comes out pretty slow, but I have plenty of time to water - so, no big deal.
Photo below - I finally got the flowerbed out front planted with roses and shrubs, and it should all fill out nicely in a year or two. Some annual pruning will be needed, though - to keep everything in the 3'x3' area that was alotted for each.
Photo below - I just had to take this photo. It's a rare occasion for Jude to sit still for any length of time, and couldn't pass up the opportunity. She's so pretty......
Photo below - Ok....I've got alot to say about the next 2 photos. Although I get alot of UCG's from work, I really wanted to get my hands on some high quality grass clippings - and alot of it, to get this compost pile heated up. What I did, was drove thru the most "high-to-do" neighborhood I knew of during my lunch break one day, in search of some already bagged, weed - free turfgrass clippings. Oh my....the lawns really looked well kept, and probably cost more than our house! Boy, I felt like the neighborhood watch people would get me when I threw 2 really large bags of grass clippings in the back of my "not so pretty, completely out of place, big redneck pickup truck." Anyway, I hope they liked my heavy metal music as I left the scene....Ha! One bag was put into the pile of leaves, and turned over a few times. In the second photo, you can see the other bag of clippings, and also 11lbs of UCG's in the black bag. We're set now! Woo Doggie!
Photo below - I just had to pull the red potatoes out of the earthtainer scrap planters, because I have sweet potatoes to plant, dangit! Hee Hee..Pretty impressive, ain't it? All 4.4 lbs. of them...Oh well...maybe we can make tater tots with 'em. Ha!
Photo below - I started making my own slips from a store-bought sweet potato around the middle of March, and these little things were almost ready for planting.
Photo below - a few days with their feet soaking in this little bowl of water should make them produce their own roots, and then they'll be planted. I'm hoping they'll be ready to harvest in September.