Monday, May 4, 2009

Horticulture and other things at Camp deMars

Germination! HaHa! I feel like I'm back in junior high working on a science project. There is a lot to be learned in the field of horticulture! It's been a little over two weeks since I began planting so I thought I'd show off the progress.
Here are the sugar snap peas- they are about 2 inches tall so I had to thin them out. It was actually a little sad to pull perfectly good seedlings out of the ground but it was necessary to ensure proper growth of the other plants. They needed to be thinned to 6" apart.
Here are the little butterhead lettuce plants... I seriously don't think these little things can actually turn into full on lettuce, but we'll see. Once they get bigger, I will thin them out to be 8" apart.
Here are the snap peas that didn't make it... poor little guys!
I started my cucumbers by seed indoors. Aren't they cute?!? I have to harden them off before they can be transplanted to the garden. I moved them outside today so they can get exposure to the cooler temperatures. I will plant them in the garden probably towards the end of May.
I planted some leeks and onions today. I have a friend here who is also planting a garden and she went a little nuts buying plants so she gave me some of the onions that she didn't want. This was not part of my original plan, but we'll give it a shot. I also constructed 5' teepees for where I'm going to plant the green beans. I am going to attach some chicken wire and then grow the beans upward to save space.
I also began work on excavating our grass where we are going to put a brick patio. I'm about half way through removing the grass and then I will dig up all the dirt. Isn't home ownership a blast? At least I get to knock out my workout while accomplishing projects...
Here is my little herb garden- I planted rosemary, oregano, lavender, chives, thyme, and sage. I am going to add dill, tarragon, basil and cilantro to my vegetable garden later this month.
I also decided to paint my wooden chairs and table sets. It all started when my neighbor offered me some old planter boxes that she was going to throw out. I took them and painted them bright green and that led to me painting my chairs, etc.
Wow, do I need to check myself into home improvement rehab? Nah, just imagine how awesome it's all going to look when it's done! I can't wait!!


Dielle said...

Jenny, it looks great!!! I'm jealous, my garden is all overgrown and sad. But I'm just not up to it this year... except I think I'll go put out some zucchini seeds, at least, since they take basically no upkeep.

MBbbfish said...

Looks like alot of work and it has turned out so cool!! If I ever get myself to pry away from my indoor projects of my paper crafting... I so want to do this. I know Brian was talking about it. Love the furniture too. Such the Pottery Barn colors. cute, cute and triple cute!!

Emily said...

Let me know when the leeks are ready... I'm coming over for dinner! Everything looks great. Can't wait to see pics of your finished brick patio.