Me going green … and dragging my family with me, kicking and screaming!

Baby steps toward self sufficience and greenocity

Herbalicious May 13, 2009

Filed under: frugal living,gardening,green living,organic — razberiswrl @ 9:55 pm

It’s that time of year again, the time where I get the itch to go outside and make something grow.  Of course, I’ve never been all that successful, but year after year, I keep trying.  So, until I can get someone to till up a freaking little patch in the yard, I decided to start small.

Saturday was a gorgeous warm, sunny day with a soccer game bright and early, then a elementary school spring fair in the afternoon.  Once we were through with all of that, it was yardwork time.  After I finished trimming my evergreen hedge within an inch of its life, I decided to empty some pots that contained dead mums, and plant some herb seeds.  It took maybe 5 min.  Hopefully in a few days we’ll start to see sprouts of basil, chives, sage, rosemary, and cilantro.

M and I also filled the area around our dogwood tree with nasturtium seeds.  If they come up, there will be LOTS!  I put 3 seed packets worth in, LOL!  Overkill?  Maybe.  Fun?  You betcha!  I really should try harder to find my camera cable so I can empty the sd card and take some more damn pictures.  Stupid runaway cord.  😦

Speaking of nasturtium, I read that if you plant it and/or marigold in and around your vegetable garden, they will attract bugs thereby keeping them off your produce.  Nifty concept.  If I ever get that tilling done … I’m def gonna give it a shot.  The last time I had a garden, I relied on praying mantises to eat all my bugs (I bought an egg sack, and at least 100 of those suckers hatched!  It was cool as hell!!), the problem with them though, is that they have legs.  I still see mantises on occassion, but they can’t be kept in one spot.

Oh, and I think I’m going to try to DIY a “Topsy Turvy” upside down tomato contraption.  I got this cheapy bucket o’ margarita mix thing last week, and now that the ritas are gone, the bucket remains.  It’s kind of small though.  A gallon I guess.  So, I don’t know if the plant and soil and all that would be too heavy.  I’m going to have to research to see if there are smaller plants or something.  I’m thinking cherry tomatoes …

And now, it’s time for bed.  Night!

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