The temperature cooled off just slightly so I spent quite a bit of time in the garden today.
Neil and Alex loved with the wild blueberries we picked in Minnesota while we were on the houseboat so we decided to try growing our own. Andy helped me dig out the sod so I could plant them today. I just need to get some mulch to put around them.
I am utterly fascinated with the way the spaghetti squash grows. Those tendrils start out sticking straight out and they always find a way to wrap around something to hold on. It’s amazing. Makes me want to set up a time lapse camera just to see it happen.
I’ve been working on plans to install sprinklers for at least part of the garden to cut down on the the time it takes me to water everyday. I’m also hoping it cuts down on the water bill, which is running about $250 a month now. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on customized lines so I’m using soaker hoses in the raised beds. These will be connected together with a solid hose between each bed. I even learned how to cut hoses to the exact size and add new connectors at the end so they’re truly customized.
For the plants on shelves, I found a drip system that for a decent price on Amazon. Neil helped me cut all of the hose and attach individual fittings going into each pot this afternoon and it works like a charm!
The patio is wet from the hose, not because they’re leaking. 🙂
Since I didn’t post while the cold frame was in progress, we’ll just pretend that I intended to do this as one big post instead of in progress.
I am so excited to have a cold frame. I have wanted one since I started reading gardening blogs, but I wasn’t sure where we would put it in the yard and I didn’t want to spend money on the windows. Since I scored windows from the farmhouse, it finally seemed like the time to convince Neil I “needed” one.
We pulled out some bushes on the south side of the house and the frame fits perfectly between the stoop to the laundry room door and one of the air conditioner units. I have a few things I want to do before it’s 100% finished, but it’s usable as is now. Neil replaced the broken glass in the painted frame so I need to paint the caulk so it matches the other windows because OCD. I’m adding stepping stones in front of it and planting some sort of ground cover. We have to come up with some kind of brace to prop the windows open on warm days.
Anyway, without further ado, the cold frame process…
Theoretically, I should be able to extend the growing season by a month or two with this. Imagine fresh lettuce and basil for Christmas dinner!