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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday: Odds and Ends

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        I am typing this while hiding my eyes while watching Olympic figure skating.

        Mercy.The stress of watching plus listening to the announcers say, as the skater revs up to take flight into a quadruple jump-

They haven’t been able to do this in practice… let’s hope.”

Or-

This was a disastrous performance.”

        So I am escaping from reality by thinking about what I tried on Sunday afternoon.

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        I planted tomato seeds.  I called A&M’s extension office and asked about planting schedules in zone 9. 

        The nice gentleman I spoke to said that he plants his tomato seeds on Valentine’s Day and other vegetables or plants on March 1st.

        So my husband planted the seeds on Valentine’s Day while I pruned my roses and fed them.  Why? because my friend Aissa said that is what her mother recommends.

        I am a gardening FOLLOWER. Just tell me what to do and when to do it.  I look forward to finding and learning my own solutions some day.

        I am amazed at what people do to create beautiful gardens.

         My to do list is long.

* I still need to create my front fence line bed. I am not looking forward to that back breaking job.

* I would love to create some small patios and walk ways, but those projects may be too expensive.

* I want to build a long raised bed for a zinnia cutting garden. We’ll see.

        Have a wonderful Wednesday and go see other Outdoor Wednesday posts.

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25 comments:

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Hope your tomatoes flourish!

Julie Harward said...

I'm like you...just tell me what to do! I love flowers and gardens but I HATE weeding, and it NEVER ends...so now I have rock gardens..yes, just rocks! LOL Come say hi :D

Preppy 101 said...

I bet your husband is just wondering what little projects you can come up with for this summer ;-) like more rock maybe???

Regarding the Olympics - and then when the skater has a couple of "costly" errors - they'll say "he's done". Oh my gosh. xoxo

Theresa said...

Love tomatoes! SO plant plenty:) Have a blessed day!

Bangchik said...

Zinnia and tomato are in my garden right now, small but definitely growing. I guess garden plan should be flexible enough to include changes along the way... ~bangchik

Joyce said...

I find it so much fun to garden with these little seed packs just to remind me that Spring and Summer are on the way. I am no expert in the garden but like to play in the dirt and plant a few things each year. It is fun to watch the plants and veggies grow.
Joyce

Dixie said...

I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with all those delicious tomatoes you grow! good luck! Dixie

Dixie said...

ps..I'm still using my whole frozen tomatoes from last summers crop... delicious in soups, stews and crockpot cooking!

LV said...

I dearly love tomatoes. I have no luck raising them tho. I am sure your little garden of veggies and flowers will do well.

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hey Laura, love hearing all your garden plans. Right now I'd be happy to go outside without freezing my patootie off. The zinnia bed sounds wonderful. They are just perfect for a summer bouquet! Hope your little guys do well, have fun!
love,
Debra

Love Bears All Things said...

Winter is the time to plan for your garden. Post the progress on your tomatoes.
My husband is trying something different this year with his gardening. I'll have to post some photos when he gets started. He's bought the supplies he needs.
Mama Bear

Beeutiful by Design said...

I'm a garden follower and an extension office caller too. I'm sure they get sick of me calling and asking mundane questions. My garden to do list is always so hopeful in February and realistically narrowed by June.

♥ Kathy said...

I hope they grow! Happy Outdoor Wednesday

Julie said...

Wow, this post was very inspiring... Thanks for posting about the seeds and timing tips. It makes me excited for Spring. I hope you show the weekly progress!

Ann Creek said...

May 7 is the magic day here in Kansas to plant tomatoes, can't wait!!!! Nothing better to eat.
Ann
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Designs on 47th Street said...

We are still buried under much snow here in the Midwest. My dh has the Gurney's seed catalog on the table ready to place his seed order as he does every year. You have reminded me that I did want to start some seeds indoors this year to get a head start!

Donna

Anne Marie said...

*BRAVO*!!! good for you! I'm going with the grow light thing - what's your 'plan of action' with growing them?

I'm in a zone 4/5.......so I'm not starting just yet.....

and btw; thanks so much for your super nice comment

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I hope your tomatoes do well. Mine did okay last year. The summer before last they produced so much more. I don't have any idea what was different. I enjoy growing an edible garden though.
Blessings,
Marcia

donna baker said...

Zinnias are the best bang for your buck and grow with abandon. The butterflies love them too.

Staci Danford said...

I just can not WAIT for flowers, sunshine, and SUMMER.. I'll take Spring though.. It can't get here fast enough...
Staci

June said...

From the sounds of it you will be a very busy girl this spring Laura. I will be right there with ya too. I can't even imagine all the work I have facing me starting April. I love it, but it is backbreaking. I'm not be looking forward to all the aches and pains that comes with the work.
Good luck on your plans, it is so fun to plan out a garden. I have many myself, but we'll see if any of it actually happens.
hugs

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh, good luck to your little tomatoes to be! I'm looking forward to digging in the dirt this spring! Thank you, Dear One, for your visit and sweet comment!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Thelma said...

I am so envious! I'm zone 3 and don't start tomatoes for at least another 2 months. I am so looking forward to green grass and flowers.

Pondside said...

Raised beds are the newest projects at Pondside. Now that we have a deer fence we're able to consider growing things that were previously just grown in our dreams. In truth, although I love all the flowers, I am a weeder by nature - I love the inner quiet that I find when I weed. I'll even weed a friend's bed!

Judi said...

Hi Laura
I know what you mean about the Olympics...I catch stop watching them but I feel so nervous for them.

I haven't checked where you are to do the roses and to plant your seedlings. How nice that is. We won't be doing that for another 3 months even though our winter has been super...but I can't wait.

Well its good that you are inspired by the posts you read, the people who plant and inspired you also. Thats a good way to do it.

You have a nice list of fun things to do. Rome was not built in a day you know.

This was a nice post and I am going to check around and then I'm going to follow your blog.

Come visit me too
Judi

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