This weekend, we had an arctic blast hit our region and it is darn cold! By noon, the high only got to 36 degrees. I’m glad it happened on a weekend. I got to stay indoors in the toasty climate and hang out with Hallmark Man and our dog.
Speaking of dogs, my neighbors have a miniature dachshund named Zyla. She is the most adorable little spunky thing I’ve ever seen. I fell in love with her fast. They just had a new baby so the dog doesn’t get much attention. What bothers me is that she is outside shivering in this cold weather. It just breaks my heart. She doesn’t have enough fat and fur to keep her warm and when I go to the fence to pet her, she moans and shivers while I’m rubbing her neck. Poor baby. I take her a slice of cheese every day. If we have steak, I’ll take her a bite. Of course, my dog is jealous but with the electric fence, she can’t do anything about it but sit and wait until I’m done loving on Zyla. 🙂
I planted some seeds in a Jiffy planter tray today. In case you are wondering, it’s a package of 36 round mesh covered peat that you can plant seeds in indoors for about 6 to 8 weeks to get the seedlings started then you can transplant them outside when they are a decent size. It gives them a fighting chance anyway. I purchased a lot of seeds last week but only 3 of them you can plant in February. I planted 3 rows of broccoli, one of bell pepper and one of banana pepper. Next month, I plan on adding another tray of tomatoes, cilantro, chives and cucumbers. I totally forgot about squash until Hallmark Man asked me about them. Guess I’ll be adding those plus parsley on my next shopping trip.
You would think I had gardening in my blood because my grandparents were avid gardeners. I remember going to their house and picking okra, eggplant, and digging potatoes. My Mom planted buckets of tomatoes but living in the city, she didn’t have much of a fighting chance against the squirrels and not a lot of room.
I did try gardening when we lived in Rincon but the soil on that property was horrible. There was no shade and even adding manure didn’t help. I think we got two cucumbers. The watermelon didn’t make it past softball size before they rotted. From what I was told, the housing development was on what used to be a pasture. You’d think it would be rich in cow manure but I guess not.
We are going to try raised beds this year. I may have problems with deer, rabbits and squirrels. The rabbits are currently grazing on my day lily that is trying to come back. Maybe the rabbit poop will help enrich the soil around the plants.
One thing I have to remind myself of is not to baby the plants to death. I tend to do that. I really love fresh veggies so I am hoping to add onions to that garden and maybe some lettuce. It will be a learning experience and, hopefully, a delicious one!