byon 02-10-2014 at 03:10 PM (1957 Views)
OK Mark, you did it. You started talking about plantin' taters. Today, the Grandkids and I are gonna start my mini-garden.
Since we don't have Aqua or Jericho Station this year, I submit this as our Official 2014 Gardening Blog.
It all started when my 2 stands of bamboo died. Evidently, there are some species of bamboo that live for 60-70 years, flower, go to seed, and die. And they drop like thousands of seeds. Well, Round-up on the seedlings took care of that problem, but not all the towering, dead bamboo. Had friends come in and cut some to make tiki huts, but barely made a dent in it. Finally hired a professional tree service and had it cut and mulched and stump-ground.
So, now I have this huge gap in my back yard, and an equally huge pile of bamboo mulch. And--some DAYLIGHT! So, over by the fence I found a patch of dirt that gets sun about 6 hrs. a day--maybe more as the sun works its way north. Got some old horse manure we had stock-piled and had my other half till it in and VOILA, instant garden.
So, the 7 and 2 year old and I set about planting it. Mostly plants, b/c I am impatient, but we did plant Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans (on the fence line), and Spinach seeds. So now we have tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and collards out of the ground, and waiting on the rest.
So, we decided to water-in our masterpiece. Pulled out the old kinked hose on that side of the house, turned it on, and gave a gentle tug to straighten it out. SNAP. Instant geyser. It was the hit of the day with the little ones. Broke the whole faucet off to the ground!!! So, I run to the house (remember, children are fenced IN), grab a portable phone and call my other half who comes home and saves the day by shutting off the pump and repairing the damage. It must have dug a 1 foot hole--it is a 4" well. Finally watered everything in--now we just gotta WAIT!!!! Maybe I'll have some collards and beans in time for Easter, huh?
So, that's my story, so far............
Feel free to share your own gardening stories!