Friday, April 3, 2009


I love Spring. Not as much as Fall, but I do love getting back the color in nature. It is exciting.

I drew this on my white board of Rivesville. Trees on the brain.

I have been on a plant kick lately. And by lately I mean since Jan. I bought an a granny smith apple tree and planted it on a warmer day (above 30) in Jan. It is actually still alive! I was a little surprised. It is budding and look healthy and the deer haven't eaten it yet. I borrowed a tomato cage from my inlaws and wrapped mesh around it. They haven't figured out how to get into it yet.

So after the first tree, I couldn't stop thinking about trees. I bought a few more and now we have 8 redbuds, 4 apple trees, and 1 pear tree. I want an orchard in the back yard. That would be awesome.

After the tree phase, i went through a seed phase. Here are some pictures.

This first picture is 4 eggplant seedlings! They are doing really well. Better than I thought they would actually.

This is crimson clover. It came with an herb packet of seeds from ebay. I don't really know what you use it for or what it would look like. Its very bushy and looks like....well clover. Go figure=)

The middle is crimson clover and the other two are peonies. They are doing ok. We will see as they are still very newly sprouted.

These are my baby tomato plants! These didn't start well but when I moved them under this light they just shot right up. If you can see, the one is under the lamp shade! Can't wait to get these in the garden. These seeds came with a kit from the dollar store=).

These are the tomato plants from that same kit. I have it rigged up in the kitchen until the weather gets better and I can hang them outside. They did really well at first but now, they aren't doing so well. They have stopped growing and some of the leaves near the bottom of each plant are dying and falling off. I have been spraying them with epsom salts and I might have over done it. Any Suggestions???

This is close up of the above plants. The leaves are yellowing and they definately are not as big as the others. These sprouted first and were doing much better, but then they just quit.....

So anyways, if anyone out there has any suggestions, fill me in! It might be the epsom salt and water mix i was spraying, or something else. I just want tomatoes!

Zach is putting up with my planting frenzy pretty well. He just chuckles and lets me do my thing. We just got a new building from Lowes to replace the one that got blown away in the storm. Zach is pumped about it. It is much bigger and ncier than the old one. He went today and got a zero turn lawn mower as well. That boy and his toys. Atleast the lawn will be mowed and we will have a place to put the mower=). I am happy about that!

Kole man is doing great. He is reading now and is very good at it! We are thinking about putting him in soccer soon. Karate was fun, but after 6 weeks, they repeat the lessons and I think that he is geting bored with it. We will finish this session up and move on to something that can keep him moving and interested!!!!

I ended up not geting RIFed!! That was such good news for us! It was such a stressful time not knowing if I was going to have a job next year or not. I am glad it is over for now. We are going to push for a bill that requires FACS to be offered in middle school so this doesn't happen again. We will see what happens next year.

So here is the update my friends. Enjoy!


Lynn said...

Ok first get them out of that pot there are to many in the same pot and can't grow. Put them in something larger. You can plant them deeper, because tomatoes grow roots from their stems, so it won't hurt to plant deep. Stop with the E.Salt. Keep them under a lamp you can start a little miracle grow BUT only about a 10% mix. I am going to e-mail some pictures. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU "YOU ARE GOING TO BE A GREAT GARDNER"

Deborah said...

So glad to get the update.

I totally stink at gardening, so I will noy be offering any suggestions for your plants--unless you WANT them to die!

Tiffany said...

WAY TO GO! I can't wait to get my own place so I can starting trying to garden... I'm sure there will be many suffering plants in my attempts, but it seems so fun! :)

cassandra and zachary said...

Listen, that tree on your whiteboard is the coolest thing, EVER. I don't know anything about gardening, but I know you're an artist. Love you and can't wait to see you. How long are you guys staying? Kole told me Saturday.

Mom said...

You WANT an orchard in your yard?....Sounds like you HAVE an orchard in your yard. Sounds fun. I never had much luck starting seedlings. I couldn't get the timing right and they got too spindly before it was time to plant. It's fun to try though. Remember all the little seedlings in the front room where we use to keep the piano? Come see us before you leave!

Anonymous said...

It was good to find recent post from you. Are you coming to see me? Hope so. Let me know and I'll have your bed ready. Love, Mamaw

Aunt Donna said...

Oh, thanks for the update! Love hearing about all the planting. And I'm with Zach and Cassandra, your drawing of the tree is fantastic. You are truly an artist. Hope your plants do well. I'll expect some kind of fruit pie when I visit next time. :)

Anonymous said...

I just read your blog again. Sounds like you are hooked on gardening! Can you imgine who the tree with the tire swing reminds me of. I thought of him before I even read your blog. Mamaw

Kim Hodges said...

Oh my goodness, Megan. It is only TODAY that I learned that you have a blog. I am so embarrassed! Well, consider me a faithful reader from now on! No plant help here. My cactus is dying. ;)

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