Trials and tales of a not-so-advanced gardener--both in the dirt and beyond.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Big Plans for 2009

Spent some time this weekend thinking about the veggie garden this year. As you may remember, building new raised beds is amongst the big leftover projects of 2008 (building a new compost bin is another one).

I'll be going from one bed to two and from roughly 80 square feet to 120. And while I wish the
raised beds would have been completed last fall, I know that it will get done early this year because I have big plans for the vegetable garden in 2009. BIG PLANS! Well, big for me.

Here's a lovely sketch (kudos to Jason for getting my paper into digitally recognized content) of those plans:

So here we have the sketch (and a key on the right). The two new raised beds will be approximately 6' by 10.5' each. And they will be full of veggie goodness. I'm hoping that we've allotted enough space (but not too much) for all of this.

More on this soon!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Orchid Excitement

With the weather so cold and lots of snow, there isn't much motivation these days to blog about gardening.

However, there is a bit of exciting news about an orchid I've brought to my office:

It might RE-BLOOM!

I purchased this orchid from a big box store in July and the flowers were present until October. I read up on how to make them re-bloom quickly. I clipped the stem back to the next node. A few months later, I brought it to work, where it lives amongst a co-workers orchids in a east-facing window.

And now...there are three "branches" with buds growing! I have no idea how long it will take for them to bloom, but I am hopeful that it will be soon.