The Worm Whisperer

So, we’ve made it pretty clear that I am the crappiest gardener there ever was. But I still haven’t let that little fact get in the way of my gardening plans for the summer.

I spent the majority of my weekend enjoying the little things that make me so happy… like playing in dirt.

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I always feel so bad when I come across a worm that I accidentally cut in half. As I was planting my daisies I found one hanging onto the bottom of the roots. So I greeted him by saying, “Oh hey there little buddy! You just found yourself a new home.”

That’s when my neighbor cleared her throat to let me know that she was standing at my gate to chat. (I’m just glad she didn’t walk in on me cussing out her wiener dogs.)

When I turned my head to talk Penelope took advantage of the time to taste our garden goodies. The only problem is that we don’t really have any garden goodies yet. I’m just hoping she didn’t get a chance to eat any of our little friends.

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 (She got quite ticked off when I didn’t let her finish her snack.)

All of my other attempts at keeping her safely preoccupied didn’t last very long either…

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But they were sure cute!

Despite the frequent melt downs I managed to plant my cottage garden at the side of the house.

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I was inspired to get a move on when my daylilies made their appearance at the top right of my garden. The gladiolus are following closely behind in the back right. They’ll be joined by…

Daisies

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Delphiniums

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and my personal favorite…

 Irises

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As I was planting I looked over to see that somebody was watching me.

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This little guy was SO cute! But my strawberries are never going to make it with this fuzzy little guy around. So I’ve already bought some liquid fence on amazon. Let’s hope it works because I don’t want to have to get all gangsta on a bunny.

My strawberries will thank me later and so will my tummy.

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I’ve also planted my pumpkin seeds…

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Scout decided that those mounds looked like great fun! It would be like a treasure hunt. So he dug through looking to see what he might find. Needless to say, the only thing he found was trouble.

I’m planning on planting a few more vegetables this week but I’ll wait to plant my heirloom tomatoes until I’m sure it will be warm enough. Until then they’ll have to look out the window waiting for their chance to play with the big kids…

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In other news I did my first crossfit workout since the back injury and it was all good! I think I’ll be okay to pick up where I left off. I’ve got to do something bad ass to counteract my granny tendencies of throwing out my back and taking pictures of flowers… It’s all about balance, you know.

How was your weekend? Did you get a farmer’s tan like I did?

Seeds of Change

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Hey, look who decided to make an appearance! Aren’t they adorable?

The weather here has been crazy as of late. Super sunny one day, blizzard the next, followed by sunshine then freezing temperatures. I wish spring time would quit toying with my emotions. I don’t know whether to hibernate or lay out and get a tan.

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My tulips are like thwarted debutantes waiting for the chance to come out and show how pretty they can be.

Today is a different story, it’s absolutely beautiful outside!

I haven’t been able to go for an outdoor run in so long. I can’t wait to lace up and head for the park. It’s the first thing on my “To Do” list. I’ve also got more bulbs to plant and a raised garden bed to prep. I’m hoping the wiener dogs next door will have suddenly gone deaf so that they will leave me in peace. (Funny fact I always misspell weiner…see?)

Unfortunately, I’m not the only one with animal enemies. Scout’s biggest nemesis is a squirrel who taunts him from the tree. Every time he stands at the back door to growl Penelope toddles next to him and joins in the growling fun. It’s pretty funny actually.

I’m so excited about my garden this year! Every time I think about it I do this high-pitched giggle. It’s the only reason I’ve tolerated the unending snow. I’m hoping this will pull us out of drought mode so that I don’t have to let my grass die in order to water my garden.

This is what I’ve planted so far…

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A Strawberry Patch… Scout already dug up one of the burried plants 😦

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Garlic Bulbs

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Shallots

dahlias

Dinner Plate Dahlias

gladiolas

Gladiolas

daylillies

Daylillies

In my starter box I’ve got…

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Rainbow Heirloom Tomatoes

basil

Lots of Basil… Can you say caprese???

sweet peppers

Sweet Pepper Mix

hot peppers

Hot Pepper Mix

Once it gets warmer I plan on planting…

rainbow carrots

Rainbow Carrots

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Mixed Pole Beans, purple, green and white

zucchini

Zucchini

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Pumpkin patch

Can you just imagine how beautiful my salads are going to be this summer?!

I’m following the directions on the seed packets and doing research on what will work and what won’t work. I kind of compare having a successful garden with being successful with weight loss. I always doubt that it will work…

When I planted those seeds I seriously didn’t think they would pop up. A part of me haggled with the thought of even trying. Was it worth it? What if I put in all of that work and nothing happened?

I knew I would be sorely disappointed.

That’s why I was so excited when I saw that my starter seeds were indeed starting. All of this hard work is going to be worth it in the end… I can just feel it!

humble beginnings