29. September 18, 2013

I am writing 100 posts in 100 days but it is going to have to be more like 104 or 105 days. We are going camping! In a tent. That will not be equipped with a computer. Apparently it is possible to post directly from your phone. However, I really hate typing on a tiny phone screen so 300-1000 words typed onto an iphone is just not going to happen! Plus, who knows if I’ll even have cell phone service. I had the idea to write a few posts and just schedule them to be published for each day I’d be gone. But that really sounded like a lot of work. And I make the rules around here. So the 100/100 is on hold for a few days! Coincidentally, the blogger who sort of inspired me to write 100 essays in 100 days also went on holiday to a land without wifi in the middle of his 100 days of essays. The main differences between our family’s expedition and the 23thorns family adventure is that we will have a much smaller chance of contracting malaria and we (well at least, I) am hoping NOT to see large carnivorous mammals. Ok, I guess it would be exciting to see a black bear, a mountain lion or a bobcat. Just maybe not at our campsite.

So here is the state of the garden before I sign off for a bit:

One of my friends brought me a few plants: a knock-out rose and a butterfly bush.

Knock-Out Rose

Knock-Out Rose

I love knock-out roses and was so excited to get one! Before planting it, I put a couple of overripe bananas in the bottom of the hole. I saw someone do that on some HGTV television show (it had to have been ten years ago that I saw it) and the memory popped up in my head right before I lowered the bush into the ground. How convenient!

It was an If you give a mouse a cookie-sort of gardening day. I decided to plant the rose bush where a little evergreen was planted (it wasn’t doing so hot). Once I moved the tree:

New home for a little evergreen tree

New home for a little evergreen tree

I decided to dig up a tree stump next to where I wanted to plant the rosebush (it was pretty easy going as many ants had done work over several years on the stump). After I planted the rosebush…

Jeez it looks better there than that tiny little evergreen did

Jeez it looks better there than that tiny little evergreen did

I planted the butterfly bush. Once I planted the butterfly bush I realized it would eventually get crowded, so I decided to dig out the flower bed another few feet out into the yard. Then I looked over at the garden and figured since I already had the shovel and wheelbarrow out I ought to do some garden-clean up.

I cut down all of those brown dried artichoke stalks

I cut down all of those brown dried artichoke stalks

I saved the blooms, which are jam-full of seeds that I can remove later

I saved the blooms, which are jam-full of seeds that I can remove later

I pulled up a bunch of spent/dead plants and cut back dried/dead growth on others. Any plant that attracted “bad” bugs was piled into our fire pit. That included the bolted lettuce, the kohlrabi and the cauliflower. Any plant that attracted “good” bugs I left piled up in the garden and will crunch it up and work it into the soil. Those plants included catnip, beans, borage, blue hyssop, lemon bee balm and feverfew.

So basically the new plants were just what I needed to get inspired to actually start doing some fall clean-up, transplanting and actual work in the garden!

I took some shots of the teepee from some different angles:

Looking southwest

Looking southwest

Looking south

Looking south

Looking east/northeast

Looking east/northeast

We took a walk:

Our street

Our street

Panning out, south side of our garden fence runs parallel to our street

Panning out, south side of our garden fence runs parallel to our street

 

We spotted a box turtle

We spotted a box turtle

Hello!

Hello!

This evening we were all out in the garden eating cucumbers (I was making sure they noticed all the “BIG, EXCITING” garden changes I’d made haha) and we noticed the harvest moon! So we ran to the end of the street (where the trees weren’t blocking the moon-view) and took some pictures of the moon and the clouds at sunset:

Harvest moon

Harvest moon

Harvest moon

Harvest moon

Harvest moon

Harvest moon

Vibrant clouds

Vibrant clouds

Looking up at the clouds while walking down our street

Looking up at the clouds while walking down our street

Goodnight moon (flower)

Goodnight moon(flower)

8 thoughts on “29. September 18, 2013

  1. Eliza Waters

    I recognized your thought process: “since I already had the shovel and wheelbarrow out I ought to do…” LOL, I do that all the time and often go too far/too long! Have a great camping, family-time trip!

    Reply

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