Today was a good day. I got up early and put two small roasts and some spices into the crock-pot ( Currently, I am the only one doing the vegetarian week), then headed out to the yard. I had Marigolds and some Zinnias to plant and wanted to get them done before it got too hot. The sun was just beginning to heat things up when things got a bit dark and the sun disappeared. I was grateful for this but afraid that a cloud-burst might spoil my plans. Fortunately, it was just overcast. I was able to work with a nice cool breeze going.
I went over to my experimental section where I sowed the Marigolds and dropped in a few Zinnias. I am not what one would call an organized gardener and just want to see what springs up along the way. This is the area that I planted in:
I want to put some lawn edging to keep my puppy off the area. I saw some the other day while stocking up for a dollar a piece for three sections. That is a lot less expensive than the brick edgings that I wanted to use. I was going to use the rest of my garden fence,but will save it to put around my raised beds. I will have to keep her from running through there as well. She likes to tear through the garden but is still cute as a button:
After planting the flowers, I straightened up the back yard a bit. I picked up a lot of things that were strewn by last night's storms. There were several branches and other debris scattered across the back yard. I put all the tools into the tool holder:
After that, it was on to the "Germination/Propagation Station". I started in small containers: Onions, Lettuce, Spinach, Broccoli,Pumpkin, Winter Squash, Sugar Snap peas, sweet peas, green beans, and will add potatoes to the mix. Here is my experimental section. I will use my raised beds for the late fall plants.
After a while, the cool breeze turned into very strong winds. A few drops of rain fell but nothing serious. I went inside to get a cake ready to go into the oven only to hear a VERY strong pick-up in the wind. I was afraid that my newly planted seeds would blow off the porch. I didn't have any tarp to set upon them as a wind guard, so used my raincoat to cover them and anchored the shelf with an old ten pound weight.
While doing this, I again began to think about a greenhouse. Then I had an epiphany. Sitting on the porch is my son's tent/playhouse. I wondered if I could turn it into a greenhouse. It is waterproof, windproof, and will get warm enough to help the plants develop with having the sun scorch them directly. I can just pick him up another one to put in the yard. I will contemplate on it further. I might have found my answer.
Once I was finished outside, I went back inside to get the cake going. I finished it and finally got it into the oven. I also finished up the sides to go with tonight's dinner. Here is the cake:
And here is tonight's veggie plate:
Yes, things are looking good in the garden, or on the "Homestead" as my other "New Age" farmer friends and I call it.
No better way to spend a nice Sunday morning.