Saturday, February 19, 2011

I've got worms

It's been a crazy long time since I have blogged here, but mainly because 1) I haven't been doing any gardening, 2) I haven't done any projects around the house and 3) because I have been trying to actually read printed books.

Anyway, we started in the backyard today. We cleaned, we fixed, we threw away. We also planted and fixed some sprinkler lines, however there is still SO much left to be done. I will post pictures later of the before and after of just today, but let me tell you an interesting predicament we found ourselves in today...

We were moving everything out of the backyard to the front yard so we could sweep, weed, and fix the terrible destruction that was left from the dogs and the freezing temps over the winter. I looked down on the ground and saw that there was an earth worm. They creep me out even though I used to play with them as a kid, so I found a shovel and carefully scooped him up, and tossed it in the grass, because you know, worms are good for the soil or something.

Well I started moving some other things, and look down and found like 5 more. So I scooped them and threw them into the grass. Then I moved the door mat and there was like a whole colony of worms. We moved Lucy's play house, and there was a rival colony but only 4 times as large. Everywhere we looked or moved chairs, tables, potted plants, whatever, there were worms under them. It was really really gross. I mean, I kinda felt breakfast coming back up on me.

Like the heavens above where answering a prayer, out bug guy showed up for our monthly spraying. We discussed the grossness of the worms and he said what he thinks happened, is last year in my gardening, I might have bought a bag of top soil that was filled with worm eggs. Kinda makes me gag reliving this, but hey, you need to know. So he sprayed everywhere, and the worms started to die. Some still ended up in the grass, but the majority of them died.

I am hoping we don't see many more in the upcoming weeks, but I am sure they will around for a while longer. All I know, is that it was the most peculiar thing I have ever seen. And I am sure I will dream about worms all night long. BLEH!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Randi, where are you?

I have been inside! And I have been LAZY, and haven't done much of anything. I have done some cross stitching and made a couple of book marks but other than that, I am been watching a lot of reality TV, reading, and listening to books.

What sucks is that we had a terrible heat wave recently and so many of my plants died. My cucumbers didn't ripen correctly and went bad on the vine, and I haven't gotten a good tomato or strawberry in almost two months. I am waiting until September when I am going to mulch together all my dead plants, replant new ones, re-seed the grass and cut back everything that needs to be trimmed.

On a side note, my sunflowers bloomed. They are amazing!!!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I have been bugging Matt for weeks now about getting a hummingbird feeder. I wanted one so badly. He kept saying no. Well, I no longer want one. I walked outside this morning to take the picture of the canopy and there where TWO hummingbirds at my new Trumpet Vine. So two of my obsessions have been fulfilled in one purchase.

> I am happy to present to you, our new canvas cover

Thursday, June 17, 2010


The canopy we ordered will be on my door step on Monday :P

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

We picked this bad boy up off for $60. It sells at Target brand new for $500. The replacement canopy is sold out everywhere except like one website, so we picked it up there for about $100. For approx $160 we have a canopy gazebo in our backyard. The replacement canopy should be here in about 3-5 days, hopefully we will be lucky and it will get here by Saturday, which means Father's Day will be spent back here. Which will hopefully also include our new mister system that I want to install :)

(Dad this is your unofficial invite over :P)

This weekend I am picking up some vines called Orange Trumpet Vines to plant next to one of the pilars and I am also putting one or two out in the front side yard. If all goes well I will also be planting four new rose bushes as well.

Oh and dad, if you come over, I might need your help setting up the new sprinkler station :)

It is going to be a busy weekend!

On my way home from work today I stopped by Joanne's where they were having a sale on all their outdoor decor for like 60% off. I found these hooks and lanterns and I also got flameless candles, plus a bunch of garden gnomes and some signs for my veggies for like $40. My favorite so far are these lanterns and the flameless candles. I simply cannot wait for a BBQ :P