high summer gardening

new home in the summer = surprise flowers every week

new home in the summer = surprise flowers every week

Let’s not kid ourselves.  There’s about a million other things I could be doing today instead of crouching, wrist deep in dirt, trying to eke another harvest out of the summer.  But when the spirit calls you have to answer, so I did.

Two weeks ago I requested today off since it was the last official day of our lease at the old place — with careful planning about a laundry load of sweaty clothes we were able to move everything and clean everything with a week to spare.  So I find myself with a free day in the middle of the work week.  Hurray!

Sure, there a lot of things I should be doing.  And they’re on the list, don’t worry.  #1 is screen printing some more onesies for the Etsy shop, #2 is screen printing some t-shirts for Metal Feathers‘ show on Friday.  #3 is sanding allllllllllll theeeeee spackle off the living room wall.  But I added #4, high summer gardening, and did it first today.

quick crops

quick crops

I’m new to gardening and when we left our old place we left behind six tomato plants, eight greenleaf lettuce plants and a rogue vine of summer squash and cucumbers in the community garden.  I can visit it about once a week when I go to work at Mayo Street Arts, but it was sad to not have something I could walk to to check on my little crops.  Being a newbie, I had no idea that even in our *cough* SHORT growing season in the North East there are crops you can plant from seed as late as early August and still get a ‘winter harvest’ which I had to try.

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broccoli!

A visit to Skillins‘ nursery across town yielded quite the future crops, just need to figure out where in the yard all the greens will go when the seedlings are ready.  I bought broccoli seedlings that had already started as well as seed packets + trays for kale, mesclun and spinach.  In a few weeks they should be ready to stick in the ground.  There were also some ‘seedlings’ that had gotten way too big for their britches that I brought home.  One healthy bunch of basil made its way to an oversized pot for all my pesto and caprese dreams:

touch the basil

touch the basil

I love when you bump up against basil in the garden or the kitchen the totally overwhelming smell the leaves release.  I love you, basil.

We had tried to grow habanero in the community garden but it was quickly overrun by the rogue summer squash.  New garden lesson #1:  believe the packet when it says to plant things far apart.  Just because you don’t believe your thumb is green enough doesn’t mean that vine isn’t grow 6′ long by the end of June…  Anyways, I found a healthy, flowering habanero plant with some vegetables already growing so I put that in the cart for another go.

spicy

spicy

I still want to try and get some catnip growing since I know it does so well in Maine soil – the cats are loving their new outdoor status and their little hearts might just bust out of their chests if I give them yet another reason to love frolicking in the back yard.  Lastly, I hear that if you want to plant blueberry bushes you should do it the year before, in August or September, to help the roots establish in hopes of berries the coming year.  So a future plan for berries is definitely in the works!

Now with dirty fingernails and renewed inspiration (home gardening is so freaking rejuvenating, it’s unbelievable) I’ll spend some time sanding walls + making prints.  Coming back soon with some more goodies, like how to make a natural, herbal mouse repellent and some updates from the creative endeavors of Little Eye.  Don’t be a stranger!

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silence is golden… this time!

Usually when someone disappears off the face of the internet it means things are going really great in the real world… or really bad.  Lucky for us the last few months have brought about a cagillion new opportunities to my humble little existence.

take pictures of everything when you have a smartphone, it's the rules.  like beautiful farmlands five minutes from the house.

take pictures of everything when you have a smartphone, it’s the rules. like beautiful farmlands five minutes from the house.

Firstly, I got a smart phone.  That’s really not that big a deal, but it’s worth noting that this tiny device is completely revolutionizing my ability to be organized.  And to play Candy Crush Saga which also ate up about a cumulative month of 2013.  Oh wellz, not as bad as The Sims when it came out when I was in 7th grade, literally didn’t sleep for a year and ruined my chance at ever making honor roll past age 13.

view of the moonrise from the back of our HOUSE!

view of the moonrise from the back of our HOUSE!

But mostly, mostly, husband and I have moved to a house.  A really real house in the middle of some other houses that make up a neighborhood.  So for the last month or two we’ve been in the process of picking everything up, dusting it off, putting it in a box and moving it ten miles north.  Cool!  So please excuse me but a good chunk of my future posts will be related to things like weed whacking, catching field mice and two-prong adapters for three-prong devices (which, by the way, I just picked up at Lowe’s tonight which enabled me to plug in the ol’ computer and get back on the WordPress horse!  Seriously, look at these things, they’re heaven and you can get ’em for just about seventy five cents:

you complete me

you complete me

The computer’s still not grounded so she’ll have to go off and unplugged in a thunderstorm, but it’ll do for now until I can convince j. to brave possible electrocution by rewiring every. single. outlet. in. the. house.  Seriously!  There’s not a one.

Off I go – need to install the second toilet seat in as many days… the first one we got was the wrong size.  Did you even know toilets came in different sizes?  You do now.