Sunday, April 22, 2012

Live! Red-tailed Hawk Nest at Cornell University

Live! Red-tailed Hawk Nest at Cornell University - should be two chicks by the morning if anyone is interested.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Gardening Marathon

We put in a solid 18 hours in the yard this weekend.  Transplanting shrubs, mulching beds, weeding, fertilizing, and planting.  The garden is finally recognizable again now that the weeds are dwindling in numbers.

Those blue things are grow bags for peppers and eggplant.

This is the new blueberry bed, 14 lowbush and 4 low-high crosses are in there. 
 I left a few feet on one end for the musk strawberries when they arrive.  The lowbush blueberries are not the 2 year old transplants they are supposed to be, so since they are barely visible the company sent 18 instead of ten.  I was not planning on this number, and it will now be years before they supply any type of decent harvest so that was a disappointment.  I had to put sticks is so we know where their rows are in the bed- they are that small.

I decided to lay out the tomato cages, then stick a plant marker in to mark the plant's spot while fine tuning the garden layout today.
  Going to try growing strawberries as ground cover in one of the tomato beds for kicks.  At the very least it will serve as a source for new plants via runners.

Until this week I had herbs scattered around the entirety of the garden.  I finally dug them up and put them in one place.  This is a lousy picture, I manages to not even capture the entire bed.....there is room to put in basil, cilantro, and parsley when the time is right.  The bed currently houses lavender, rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, fennel, chives, and garlic chives.

The chipmunk damage in all of our planting beds is extensive, they ate 80% of our hostas amongst other things.  I fear the vegetable garden may be doomed again this year as the little buggers are still everywhere, it seems the mild winter did nothing to bring their population back down to 'normal'.

  • Sowed (2) Fairytale Eggplant, and (1) Little Prince Eggplant.
  • Sowed one each of Magda and Romanesco Squash.
  • Sowed (3) Baby Cukes.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Building track in our pajamas.....

Egg hunt time.....

The irony of a child pouting because he can not find an egg (look above his head).

All found!


Saturday, April 7, 2012


It really is beginning to look like spring- the fig is fruiting, daffodils are blooming, and asparagus spears are rising from the earth.
CLAYTONIA- almost ready for cutting.

  • Sowed Salad Leaf and Pistou Basil.
  • Sowed Lacinato and Tronchuda Beira Kale

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Live Bird Cams

These are certainly worth checking out, if you hit it right you can catch a view of the eggs and some Mom and Dad activity:

Live! Red-tailed Hawk Nest at Cornell University

Live! Great Blue Heron Nest at Cornell Lab of Ornithology  ** I should add that the Mama Heron is expected to possibly lay her 4th egg around 6 p.m. EDT this evening.  Very cool stuff!**