Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"Bugs" Be Gone

Well, I suppose the Hillbillies have been in the house long enough now, that we should start considering the inevitable spam.
For that reason, I've decided to take take a tiny step towards keeping the trash out of the house, rather than needing to come back and clean it up later. To that end, I have enabled comment moderation. It's a small change.

ANYONE can comment here. If you are a member of Blogger you probably already know the drill. If you are not a member, you are welcome to post comments as well. All you need to do is click the "anonymous" option. The only change will be, that any comments will make a quick fly by my inbox before they are posted.

Keeping our fingers crossed that the "unwelcome visitors" have moved on, hopefully aimlessly, never finding another host to latch on to. We're all grateful for the relatively short visit.
One bright note to the "buggy" visit, is that I managed to get some knitting done. I'm hoping to have the back of my top done by weeks end, then it's on to the short sleeves. I'm anxious to finish this top so I can move on to trying my hand at designing my own pattern. That could be a challenge with some entertaining twists! LOL

Today, it's back to school, housework, and hopefully the garden! I have one more wide row left to seed in the pea and spinach garden. That row will easily hold two rows of each, then it's on to garden #1, where the broccoli is thriving, and we have at least one tomato plant looking lively, but lonely. Need to get that girl some company!


In order to make the most of our garden space, we're trying something different with our potatoes this year. We're planting them outside the garden in trash bags! We picked up some 30 gallon trash bags, cut some small holes in the bottom for drainage, then rolled them down to maybe 8 inches high. We then filled our short bags with soil, and planted 3 seed potatoes about a 1/2" deep, covering loosely with soil before watering them in. As the sprouts emerge we'll unroll the bags and cover with more soil. Once the potatoes have reached their mortal end, we'll simply slit the sides of the bags and let the potatoes tumble out into our waiting hands, before returning the soil to the garden. We should be able to use the spent (and cleaned) bags in the garden at seasons end, to help protect and warm those cooler weather crops we choose to round out our gardening experiments this year. We'll be doing probably 12 potatoes in this manner, leaving Nathan and Lindsay with 8 to plant in their garden. It'll be interesting to see how they do in the two (or three, depending on the kid's ideas) different locations, methods, and planting mediums. .


Linda said...

I like your idea about the potatoes in garbage bags. Might try that. I've mulched my garden and is ready to plant. It's going to rain out today so will put off planting til Monday or so. I wrote to u before as free68, My real name is Linda. I've bookmarked your blog so can go right there when I have time. Love your blog, keep it up. Linda from MN

Kim's Mom said...

Hi Linda!

Thanks for the great comment! Glad you were able to find your way back, and I look forward to hearing more from you!

If you decide to try the potatoes in the bags,let me know. We can compare notes! :o)