Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spring has sprung!

Is this weather not supremely gorgeous? It's been in the 80s-90s here in my corner of the Land of Enchantment. I just love when the weather warms up, the trees are popping with leaves and blossoms, plants are green, grass is growing... it's just beautiful!

We haven't really planted anything ourselves here. We thought the rose bushes were dead, but they're blooming something gorgeous! 
 


Only one of them has full roses which is the one in the backyard next to the patio. It smells heavenly.


 
Ninja has been obsessed with my container garden. I bought 4 strawberry plants awhile back, but they got hit with a cold snap (I forgot to bring them in) and produced only a handful of tiny (But delicious) berries.

 
 
There were a few still on the vine that were green, so I left them in hopes they would grow. Ninja ATE THEM! He ate all the under ripe and blossoms on the strawberry plants. I was devastated. I bought 2 new plants in hopes I can get a better crop. The other plants do have shoots coming up so I may have more strawberries in a month or two.


Today, Ninja bit the top off the jalapeno seedling I bought at Lowes yesterday. I had no idea our dog was part goat. Butthead. It still has a few small leaves and I'm hoping it'll still grow. I'm thinking of fencing off the side yard outside the kitchen back door and putting my containers out there. As you can see, I started seeds so I will have a lot more plants to worry about.


 
 
Why yes, that IS Ninja's big nose in the way. It almost looks photoshopped in! He really cannot leave them alone. Todd and I have to figure something out together in hopes to keep my plants going. See my sad little jalapeno plant? Next to it is a Roma tomato plant, then the 4 Ninja attacked strawberry plants, the two new strawberry plants and my seeds. I started my herbs and lettuces along with a few cucumber seeds. I didn't plant them right so who knows if they'll grow. I'm trying to stagger out my lettuces and herbs by a week or two, so we can constantly have fresh herbs and lettuces. I will be growing two types of cucumbers (regular and pickling), beefsteak tomatoes and Roma, carrots and green onions. There may be more, but I can't remember. lol. My neighbor poked her head over and commented that I've been busy. This year is a trial year. I think next year my garden will be better. My goal is to get the outside of the house in great condition by next year. We need to have some stucco repaired (pro will be needed) then we need to paint the house (which we can do ourselves) and I want to add trim around the windows and doors which we can do ourselves. I would also like to replace the front door with something that allows in more light.


For now, we are trying to get the grass to come back from death. Maybe at the end of summer we can dig up the side walkways that lead to the backyard and put down weed barrier and gravel. 

Here are some silly shots of Ninja aka goat-dog:




And here is my sweet Samurai, Tamurai, Samurai-rai. Happy 2nd gotcha day, Tam-Tam Man! You are 10 years old and here's to another 10 more years with you, ya sweet potato pie!





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