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Garden To Do List Follow-Up

I have been working diligently on my gardening list, knocking items off and also adding some one.  Here’s the updated list.  Items crossed off in black were done when I originally posted this list on May 10.  Items crossed off in red have been accomplished since then.  Items in green have been added since then.  Items in purple I have decided not to do or to do much later.

  • put up brackets for hanging baskets
  • plant morning glory seeds in one hanging basket
  • fill second hanging baskets with plants
  • hang hanging baskets
  • repot gardenia
  • repot pink hibiscus
  • purchase Texas hibiscus
  • plant Texas hibiscus front flower bed
  • move tiered steps outside to southeast corner of back fence
  • remove compost from left bin
  • put trellis up on two tomato containers
  • purchase trellis for squash container
  • plant squash in container
  • find sweet mini pepper plants to buy
  • dig up & amend north side of back fence line
  • dig up and move daffodil bulbs
  • plan iris bed area
  • repot blueberry bushes
  • plant some zinnias and marigolds in containers
  • move or buy holly bush for front flowerbed
  • purchase more border bricks from Walmart
  • plant peppers in bags that blueberries are currently in
  • start miscellaneous flower seeds in small pots
  • remove diseased tomato
  • apply fungicide to coreopsis in front bed
  • continue removing brush from front beds
  • put mesh covering back on raised bed
  • smooth/grade dirt in utility yard
  • plant ajuga in utility yard
  • set up pavers in utility yard
  • apply linseed oil to the fence
  • plant more lettuce in the shade – will need container
  • hang baskets from dining room window
  • deal with mold/fungus in Swiss chard bed
  • plant more green beans

The last two items were added this morning.  While harvesting Swiss chard, I noticed white stuff covering the soil in some areas.  At first I thought it might be just the cottonwood seeds that are in the air everywhere, but then I noticed a coating on some of the chard itself.  It’s probably from too much moisture and not enough air/sunshine.  The chard side is pretty thick with plants, while the other half of the bed is more open, few plants of beans and lettuce, and the white stuff is not showing there.

possible moldpossible mold

 

Swiss chard leaf with possible fungus

 

I would have the mesh on the raised bed by now, but Bill decided last weekend to build a covering that was easy to move off the bed when I needed to harvest.  That entailed another trip to Lowe’s on Sunday for supplies – you would not believe how many trips to Lowe’s we have made in the past three weeks, nor how many different Lowe’s stores we have visited!  Unfortunately, the evening weather has not cooperated and the wooden structure has not been built yet.  I assume it is a wooden structure, because we bought “furrin’ strips” at Lowe’s.   He’s tried to explain to me what he’s building and I couldn’t tell you if my life depending upon it!  We shall just have to wait and see!

 

 

 

Garden To Do List May 2016

I have so many garden ideas floating around in my head that I started a list last Friday.  I didn’t number it – thought that might be too depressing!  All the items crossed off are those that I accomplished over the weekend.  The bottom four items were added this morning.

  • put up brackets for hanging baskets
  • plant morning glory seeds in one hanging basket
  • fill second hanging baskets with plants
  • hang hanging baskets
  • repot gardenia
  • repot pink hibiscus
  • purchase Texas hibiscus
  • plant Texas hibiscus front flower bed
  • move tiered steps outside to southeast corner of back fence
  • remove compost from left bin
  • put trellis up on two tomato containers
  • purchase trellis for squash container
  • plant squash in container
  • find sweet mini pepper plants to buy
  • dig up & amend north side of back fence line
  • dig up and move daffodil bulbs
  • plan iris bed area
  • repot blueberry bushes
  • plant some zinnias and marigolds in containers
  • move or buy holly bush for front flowerbed
  • purchase more border bricks from Walmart
  • plant peppers in bags that blueberries are currently in
  • start miscellaneous flower seeds in small pots
  • apply linseed oil to the fence
  • plant more lettuce in the shade – will need container

 

decorative flower steps boxMy mom sent me money for my birthday and told me to buy a plant.  Well, I bought something to hold plants instead.

 

My original plan was to place it inside the house in the living area and set my African violets on it.  I thought it would be great for the plants, as they’d all get more access to the light coming in the east window.  And I was right.  But then I couldn’t see the blossoms on most of the plants, as they were facing the wrong way!  Bill laughed at me and wanted to know what I thought was going to happen.  It was just one of those things that I couldn’t envision but actually had to try it out.  As soon as I did, I saw the fatal flaw.  So, I moved it outside against the back fence and it is working wonderfully there.

flower steps

 

You can just see one of the hanging baskets that went up Saturday, another item bought with birthday money (thank you very much, Roberta Gibson).  Here’s a better picture:

hanging basket

yellow lily

 

 

The second hanging basket is in the middle of the fence and has morning glory seeds planted in it.  I hope they grow!  I harvested them from my mom’s morning glories last October – hers were a gorgeous variety that I had never seen before, a double morning glory.  I think they’ll look lovely cascading down out of the basket.

 

The lilies that I planted last year are just beginning to bloom.  My very first bloom appeared on Mother’s Day!  Very appropriate, as my mother’s favorite color is yellow.

Organizing The Vanity

Yesterday I crossed one big item off of my “to do” list, something that has been there since Christmas: cleaning off the vanity and organizing my jewelry. I knew it would be a big job, and I was right. This is how it looked before I started at 9:30:

Notice the booklets on the right front corner of the vanity. The bottom booklet is from a dance weekend that Bill & I travelled to last July! I think maybe this cleanup has been needed for a lot longer than just since Christmas!

By 11:00 the vanity looked like this:

Isn’t it lovely?

This vanity belonged to Bill’s mom and she gave it to Kat when we moved from New York back in 1995. Kat used it for several years, but then she asked me to hang on to it for her until she asked for it back. I have been happy to do so and will miss it when she decides she has a place for it again.

If you look into the mirror, you’ll see a reflection of the dresser that Bill & I share. A bit of a mess also, isn’t it?

Are you ready for the transformation?

Here it is at 12:30, finished:

The jewelry boxes are organized and full; I think there is one small compartment left empty. My Contentment necklace drapes over top of the mirror and there are abundant flowers. I love it!

I had originally purchased the corkboards to hang necklaces and earrings from, but changed my mind after I purchased the larger jewelry box last week. That provided me with plenty of room for necklaces. Instead I am going to use them to hang mementoes, pictures, and sundry other items. Right now I have several crocheted hearts, my corsage from Charles & Rebecca’s wedding, and an Unschooling bumper sticker that I love.

I need to find some double-sided tape for the flowers; they are stuck on with straight pins for the time being.

So many treasures.

The small wooden box on the left belonged to Bill’s mother and has the initials of her mother (L.A.C.) inscribed on the inside. The little blue pot in the back is a Navajo pot, a memento from the trip we took to the Grand Canyon in 2002 with the kids. The large flat wooden jewelry box was a gift from my sister-in-law, custom made by one of her brothers-in-law.

On top of the jewelry box is a Navajo woven basket with lid, another memento of our 2002 Grand Canyon trip. The small container in front of the jewelry box was an heirloom from Bill’s mom.

The only part of the organization job that is not finished is my earrings. Currently they are all thrown into a baking dish!

I knew when I purchased the jewelry box last week that the earring holder section was not nearly big enough. I’ve looked at several earring “trees” and never really found anything I liked. So I did another search on Amazon and found this

which I promptly ordered. I will let you know how it works out!

Since I was on a roll, I decided to keep on cleaning and tackle the dresser that you saw earlier in the mirror reflection. It looks so much better now!

I finally finished at 1:30, more than ready to take a break and eat some lunch! Four hours – I knew it was going to be a time-consuming job. It felt great this morning when I opened my “to do” list and was able to cross it off, finally! And it feels even better every time I walk into the bedroom and see how pretty it looks!