Category: Vixen’s Super Garden

Strawberries and Sweaters and Slugs, OH NO

First Strawberry

I promised some picture of my wonderfully, successful strawberry adventures in the SuperGarden. I took these on Thursday. My pride and excitement at not one, but TWO 020 nearly ripe berries made me giddy.

The next morning I went out to discover the reddest, ripest of strawberries had a chunk missing out of it!! I was devastated (do I take this garden stuff too seriously you think?). I thought perhaps it was a bug…I went out in search of organic bug spray yesterday and coated my poor babies.

Flash forward to this morning…the other nearly ripe strawberry had a CHUNK missing. My friend Google immediately located similar pictures online and the suspected culprits? SLUGS. Eww. Or snails. I have seen neither, but guess where I am going now? That is right, to buy some organic slug/snail stuff (that is so a technical term). I must save the 022strawberries!!!

I ‘ve been home from work the past two days, hanging out with my niece and sister-in-law. They came from AZ to stay with us so Nannygoat could work her photographic magic with a senior picture session. My niece is an identical twin to Bear. It is amazing how much cousins can look alike. Please go check out the beautiful pictures Nannygoat took HERE.

Now you are probably wondering about the sweater part of the title? Well, if I can’t kill the slugs I was thinking of crocheting them little sweaters for our cool, damp mornings….

Kidding. I am making a super cute little sweater for Big Blue! I am nearly half way through, you can click this link http://ravel.me/Crochetvixen/s1 and see my progress (and the pattern picture). I am thinking it may be completed before Easter, so I will post the pretty girl in her new sweater soon!! Also if you are on Ravelry, look me up –  crochetvixen.

Up tomorrow on the blog: SuperGarden fencing and planting!! Easter crafting!! Anything else I think of!!

This post linked up to the Homestead Barn Hop #104 Barn-Hop

 

 

My days are all filled with an easy country charm

It has been four years since my last SuperGarden attempt. That one was not very successful. Fear not, fellow homesteaders, I am always up for a challenge and I am driven to always succeed. I have spent hours and hours researching and studying before I begin again. I wish I could say I feel confident, but I do feel like one of the most well-educated backyard gardeners ever.

Although I have 2 of 3 of the “main” garden boxes done, we haven’t gotten the keep rabbits/horses/giant puppy OUTTATHEGARDEN fence up yet, so I haven’t planted yet. I do have the seeds, tomato plants and pepper plants purchased and ready to go. I am thinking after our Easter trip to AZ we will get it done.

We did get some planters along the side of the house done. As you can see below, it was an ugly little patch of dirt. Now it is three beautiful planter boxes filled with a blueberry bush, a raspberry, a thorn-less blackberry, a thorn-less boysenberry and one artichoke. All surrounded by strawberry plants. These pics were taken three weeks ago and nothing has died yet. That alone constitutes success for me, ha ha!! In fact, I will try to get some shots tomorrow of the strawberries and they already have berries!!!! I am telling you, I am the best-read berry grower in SoCal. If there is a book on how to raise the best berries I have read it. I have only a vague idea of what to do with all this gardening book smarts, but results seem positive so far!

Before Planter Boxes

During Construction

After Completion Planter Boxes

Pre-Holiday Weekend Bullets

  • I did not, in fact, quit blogging. But I have some serious writer’s block. Or its just depression. Staying home with nothing much to do sucks the life out of me.
  • I have had some bad car mojo and it seems to be contagious. I had the van fixed (it was the timing belt and it was over $600). The day after I picked it up, Bear’s car stopped working. Hers is the fuel pump. It will cost over $600 to fix, so that will have to wait. Then yesterday Nannygoat and the grandbabies were rear ended at a stop light and their car was pretty much crushed between and SUV and another vehicle. EVERYONE IS OKAY. So that is good. But Nanny only has the one car too (for her hubs to get to work and her to take Ladybug to PT and OT) and I think the car is a bit beyond repairing. She had liability only insurance so we have to hope the lady who plowed into her has good, fast insurance.
  • The boys men left yesterday for a MANONLY camping weekend. First time they have done this. I am not sure I trust Mr. Vixen, MacDougal, Lloyd and Sparkles alone together in a forest with fire and beer, but I suppose all I can do is cross my fingers.
  • All us girls are going to get together tonight to hang out GIRLSONLY style. But since we are old, married, poor folk with two small kids in tow, I imagine it won’t be nearly as exciting (or dangerous) as MANONLY camping.
  • A giant green worm thing attacked one of mah baybeeee tomato plants! Ate the entire thing in one day before I noticed. Needless to say, there are no more bugs of any kind in my yard now.
  • The rest of the garden is looking pretty good, so I will get some pictures this weekend to share.
  • Ladybug spent the night with Grama and Papa last weekend, so there will probably be pictures of that too.
  • I am working on some aprons too. Gotta get ’em done and posted.
  • Hope everyone has a wonderful, safe, and enjoyable Memorial weekend.

The Mom Secret

If you are a mom of more than one child, you know you have a favorite. You deny it, but it’s true. Everyone has their favorite. And I’ll admit it. I do. And here it is:
favoritechild21Just look at that. At least 8 inches taller than it’s siblings. Strong, green, just beautiful. Why can’t you others be more like your sister?

And those yellow marks? No sprouts, no little leaves, nothing = me failing. Is it cheating to add new seeds once you realize they really, really aren’t going to grow? If it is, then I am a BIG cheater.

The really attractive wire stuff on the right? Those are industrial shelves I stole borrowed from Mr. Vixen’s tool shed to keep the stupid, stubborn bassett hound determined LadyGuinevere out of the manure fragrant smelling garden.

I also planted sowed some of the seeds directly into the square foot squarefootgarden-week-1garden. I still need some more money soil to put in the second box so I can plant sow the rest of the seeds.

artichokes-tomatoes-week-1I also planted the tomatoes, onions, peppers, and artichokes that I had started in the little green house thingymajob.

You all know I was just kidding about the favorite kid thing, right? Although these two totally win the cutest grandkids award hand down:

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Almost Empty Nest = Full Garden

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My youngest graduates in June and turns 18 a mere 16 days later. I have been thinking a lot lately about not having kids anymore, only adults. I remember during some of their teenage years longing for this moment, yet now that it is nearly upon me I am feeling some sadness.

The SuperGarden is coming along nicely. At least the parts I have planted. I really need to get the rest in the ground. But the seedlings are doing well.

And the corn has come up. There was quite a bit of excitement when these were spotted. I may have been jumping up and down for joy or some such nonsense.

Although I can’t figure out why only the front rows are coming up and not the back.

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My garden, my new child

I nurture you like a babe

Tender caring, gentle feedings

Tucked in warm and tight at night

I share with you my joy of sun

And dampen you with delight

I celebrate your growth with glee

Looking forward with anticipation to what you shall become

Funniest Thing I Have Heard All Year

This past Sunday, Ladybug was out on our patio having a snack. Suddenly, she exclaims:

“Mama, look. Elmo ate the cheerleader.”

And points to….

img_1595Ever since the little red guy started with that hysterical giggling I have been afraid of him. Now I am terrified.

In gardening news….We have teeny, tiny little tomatoes, onions and artichokes. The peppers are on the slow side, but hey things are growing:

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Lastly, I promised pictures of Lisa‘s custom apron, but then there was a problem with the seamstress (don’t yell at her, but she cut the wrong pattern out first and had to go buy new material, can you believe her?). Lisa’s request:

I loved, loved, loved the style of the apples half apron – only, can I get a full apron with the same bottom? Colors would be similar – earthy/harvest(y) … reds, golds, plum/purple … think eggplant/grapes/pears/apples …

How do you think I did? Love it? Want one? Head on over to ApronFrenzy and buy or order a custom apron today.
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But, What Did You Do Today

Today I finished this custom apron that Julia from TAG ordered:

americana3Another custom order from ApronFrenzy. If you want something very special and unique, let me know your thoughts and I will see what I can come up with.  Just pretend you don’t notice my pasty, pale knees okay? I am currently working on a simply lovely custom order for Lisa at Life is Like a Box of Legos. But it’s not Legos. Surely now you are all dying of curiosity. Well, you will just have to wait and see.

So what do I do since I have no job? Besides prattle on incessantly about aprons? I am so glad you asked. Today the weather was just fabulous (about 78 degrees and sunny), so I began my work on the infamous heirloom seed garden. Given my naturally black green thumb, it is coming along terrifically. I know it’s only been a few hours, but I am already picturing a bountiful harvest in my head! You can see for yourself:

The first two are of my little seed-starting-mini-greenhouse thingamabob. Some of you may be saying, “Hey, shouldn’t she have started those seeds some time ago?” Yes. But I forgot. I was so busy being unemployed and bored, that I lost all track of time. I’ve learned to deal with it.

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img_1511Next we have the corn patch. If you squint your eyes, tip your head at a 62 degree angle and hold your breath, you can see the little roots forming underground. Can’t you?
These boxes of dirt planters are full of basil and cilantro. Smell it?img_1512 As time goes on, I will keep everyone updated on the miraculous growth of Vixen’s Super Garden
Now tell me, what did you do today?

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