Sunday, May 24, 2009

rain in the desert

We have had lots of rain (well, over an inch spread over three days). The rain barrel is overflowing, as are assorted vessels Dan stacked about. And, most suprisingly we have developed a pond. Wonder *exactly* how long it will last?

Most of the seeds I planted 2 weeks ago haven't sprouted yet. I think it may have been a bit chilly for them? I have hopes they will still sprout, if not I will be replanting. Its sort of spotty the way they've come up or not. Three or four corn plants have come up while most haven't. Two of six cucumbers. No beans, but watermelons up.

However, the tomatoes are growing happily. They found the miracle gro to be inspirational. The winds are dying down now, and that helps too.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Garden Stuff

My garden is all in - and I am slinking from window to window trying to see if the gazillion rabbits that surround it are making headway. I saw one rabbit hop around the house with two brown thrashers and a scaled quail in tow. It looked like something out of a Disney movie. The rabbit didn't try to get in my garden though!

Bit worried about the ..... chipmunks? I see them tooling around and no way is my rabbit fence going to keep them out. Maybe they don't like mulch.

The garden doesn't look like too much yet. It's my attempt at a waffle garden. If you look at it (or well, a well formed one) from the top it looks like a waffle. The idea is to catch each bit of moisture possible. So far I have planted six Early Girl Tomatoes, two Sweet 100 tomatoes, six Sandia Peppers, and three Poblano Peppers. These are all seedlings. The other holes contain: sweet corn, pumpkins, watermelons, scallop squash, zucchini squash, yellow squash, onions, cucumbers and green beans. Those are all seed - or in the onions case, bulbs. I went back and put mulch on the seedlings.

Meanwhile, I have my eye on this cactus and two of it's friends. I am planning to liberate them from their desolate location and rehome them in my yard. They are quite wide!