Greetings and Holykisses!
It's a busy time of year here. The garden is producing- it's almost time to start picking zucchini, and summer squash. And yesterday; dug our first Pontiac potatoes, and we had our first mess of green beans!
Thought some of you might like to see the new additions to our garden this past week. I've been searching the newspaper and craigslist for old washtubs and they've gotten so hard to find. But this past week we went junkin and brought home two of them!
I wanted to "plant" the one above but the more I looked at it... I just couldn't.* It's in such good shape, and in the future, it will probably get dragged inside to decorate with. -- So I then set about readying washtub number 2.
We live in the country, and a few years ago, the county gave us several loads of wood chips. Every now and then, they come through here with this big brush-hog thing that actually raises up into the trees and cuts limbs that are in the way of the power lines. They then get tossed in a wood chipper and they brought us load after load of free wood chips! We had them dump the chips into a huge pile out in our pasture. It's probably been 5 years ago now, and over time, our livestock have "added" to it as well. The pile has composted down alot so I've now started bringing it out by the wheelbarrow fulls to my garden. Looks pretty good doesn't it? Thought I'd share it with you, so if any of you live in my area, you might ask the county to give you some?
Buying woodchips is expensive, and they brought it right to us!
Here's a picture of the other washtub we brought home. I used the composted chips/manure in the bottom and it seemed to work really well, and was free. On the very top, I used some miracle grow soil for good measure.
This tub still needs a paint job. Maybe off-white and green like the one in the top picture?
Here's a closeup of a few plantings. I'm hoping one of you may know what's in the upper right corner? I may have planted a weed? lol At the beginning of spring, I go kinda crazy planting. Sometimes I forget what I planted... and where. This was in one of my flowerbeds, and there are a few of them. I remember planting something there, but forgot to write it down. Nonetheless, it's kinda pretty. But, I happen to think alot of weeds are pretty. I may be tending weeds?
For now, thee other tub was brought into the potting shed.
I'm using it to store dirt on one side, and flowerpots in thee other. Our son cut a board for me that fits over the top to keep critters out. --- ...............Speaking of critters, I had another run in with Mr. Squirrel in the potting shed. You'd think I'd learn?
I'd been out there all day, and went inside for a drink of water. When I returned, it never even occurred to me that he could have went inside the shed because I was just out there! So; imagine both our surprise once again.*
Miss Urina Mariah is keeping watch today. She's wearin my new garden hat too.
Actually, bird watching is why the binoculars were brought out this week. We have a new pair of visitors!
I didn't even know what they were.... but today looked them up and they're goldfinches. A little Mr. n Mrs. by the looks of it? We had been using a mix in our feeders and it seemed like we had more cowbirds and sparrows than anything, so when that bag was gone, we switched to black sunflower seeds. They must like it better, and I hope they keep coming back. Almost every time I look out now, I'm seeing yellow at the feeders. Oh ... and the red bellied woodpecker has been coming to feast as well.
I better get busy.
Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.
My verse for the day:
"The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." Isaiah 58:11