Wednesday, March 25, 2009

my poor tomato plants

I finally planted these poor babies. They are just pitiful. Since I didn't have enough pots and didn't want to spend money on buying more, I planted one in a cracked pot that I had and buried it the ground 3/4 way up the pot.
I dug 3 holes in the sand, filled them up w/ organic topsoil and planted some 3 babies in the topsoil. This is definitely an experiment, I have NO idea if it will work.
And last but not least, I planted the remaining one in the big pot w/ the lettuce seedlings (don't they look good?)

I'll keep you updated on how they are doing and what method is working best.

How are your seeds doing?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

More funny birds

We truly learn something new everyday. Recently I learned that when birds eat too many berries, they actually get drunk! Another thing learned since moving here is that palm trees flower, which then in turn form berries. this is the time of year that the flower spikes are FULL of berries. The birds love them. Several different times a huge flock of about 50 birds have come and attacked the branches full of berries and gorged themselves. I was thrilled to find, with the help of binoculars, the birds are Cedar Waxwings, which in my opinion are the most beautiful bird God has created. The palm trees right outside our sliding doors are about 25 feet or so tall, so it is kind of hard to get good pictures, but I did the best I could so that YOU could share in my joy! The funny thing is after they eat a lot of the berries, the whole flock starts flying round and round and are "giddy" and quite loud. It's hard to describe it without seeing it. Here is a picture (that I did not take) of how beautiful the Cedar Waxwing really is.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

a little seedling update

Since it's been quite a while since I talked about my seeds, I thought I'd give you a little update. I am starting to thin the turnips and am tossing the baby greens into my salads.
The chard is growing so fast, that I need to be cutting it everyday to keep up w/ it. I find that if I add it to my salads, I won't get sick of it and I get a little boost of iron to boot!The tomato plants REALLY need to be transplanted, I have to buy some additional pots and get them in. Maybe I'll just give the new transplants as gifts to people since Dave doesn't eat tomatoes - one plant will most likely be enough...
My green beans have sprouted and are coming up quickly, I need to get the trellis up. The red beets have sprouted and the spinach is growing fast also. I'll need to start thinning the lettuce in the next week or two and probably start another batch of seeds. So, all in all, things are moving along nicely, it is still interesting growing veggies in containers, I'm learning as I go. If anyone has any tips, I'd appreciate them.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The bluebirds and the squirrels

Our lives may be boring to some, but nature entertains me. I told you about the bluebirds moving into the little house we put up for them. When they are out and about gathering and feeding, the male has been landing and perching on our screened doors. It's the craziest thing! Whether the sliders are open or closed, he just comes over and lands on the screen. I was able to get a few pics, but I can't get too close or he flies off. So far, the female hasn't come as close. It's such a riot, they are ALWAYS together. They watch out for each other. The male always arrives first, checking things out. When he feels it's safe, he ever-so-quietly calls to the female and she flies in. The male always checks the house first, then the female goes in. We haven't looked inside to see if there are any eggs, but we assume since they keep coming back, there probably are, or are about to be.

Well, we also have about 5 squirrels who come consistently to the one feeder that they can still get to. The bluebird house is attached to the side of the condo next to us and there are about 6 small trees nearby. When the bluebirds are around, they vehemently protect their house. They pair up and dive bomb the squirrels when they are in the trees. It's an absolute riot! If I can ever get it on video, I will surely post it here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

what's for dinner? chard?

The swiss chard is loving this cool, sunny spell and is growing like crazy. I asked David to create something with it and he asked me to pick up chicken and feta cheese at the store. Can't wait to see what's for dinner soon... I'm sure you'll be able to read about it over at hubby's blog

The bluebirds have moved in!

This is very exciting to me, which shows you how boring our life is. I can't seem to get a picture of them coming or going from their house, quick little guys... I'll keep trying though because I know you all will be waiting anxiously (please try not to lose any sleep).