Sunday, May 1, 2016

A lull in the storms and my never ending calendar pages

Some of you may have read about the storms and straight line winds that were in my area.  I haven't had a chance to clean up around the place

because it rains off and on all day and night.  In fact, it was raining when I took these photos.

During a few lulls, I finally started my veggie garden.  It looks sad and took me all day (in between rain storms to get this far.  The pots need to be cleaned out and mulch and potting soil added before I plant anything, but the pots are, for the most part, in their final places.  I'll do some adjusting when I bring out the rest of the pots, and put some away that I probably won't need. 

I first laid down four bags of shredded papers I saved over the winter.

My friend Sally had a bunch of cardboard, but she sent it to the recycle center.  Then she bought a new mattress and gave me the box it came in.   You can see it is nearly as large as my garden.  After I put the pots in place, I added two large bags of leaves I had been given.

In hopes of having a true lasagna garden next year, rather than pots, I planted two tomatoes and hoped for the best.

Although I have lots of clean-up and weed pulling, you can see the various layers to my lasagna garden.  The rain has already started to act on the cardboard.

These heavy pots are still on my front porch and so are two more plants.  I hope to have time to work on my veggie garden sometime this week, because rain is forecast again for the next two days and my grass is also in desperate need of mowing.

And finally, here is my April calendar that was marked by repurposed art and birthdays this month.

May is ready to be filled in and decorated, too.  I never decorate until I have a better idea what the month will bring.

Thanks for joining me in my veggie garden and viewing my mundane calendar, too.  Your visit means the world to me.

13 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Sorry you are still having such bad weather, that's not really a fun time for gardening, so well done you for getting so much done in spite of it all. Looks like a lot of work. Here it's cold and windy, but at least it's dry today. Enjoy your day, and look forward to seeing the new calendar decorated at the end of the month. Hugs, Valerie

Jeanie said...

Weather. Ugh. We're not having the storms of Texas, fortunately, but plenty of rain. Still a little early for us to put in anything other than peas, spinach, lettuce -- but I think it will happen soon! You'll have quite the feast when it all comes up this summer!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Looks good so far - you did a fab job! Some of my too early planted summer flowers were killed by frost the last days since we got frost for some nights.
I hope you will get all done that you have planned.
I am a bit busy this upcoming week since my brother comes to stay with us for a week.. so I apologize for not taking part in the Second on the Second and TSFT this week.
Have a good new week Elizabeth!
oxo Susi

Pamela Gerard said... know it might not actually feel like it but you are lucky to have rain. We are still in parched and dry CA and taking 3 minute showers and letting lawns die.....everything looks so green there! And, the sun will come out!

Corrine at said...

Raining here too and still a bit too cold at night to plant. I can get some greens gong but no tomatoes until June. I never have your luck at seed starting them so I opt for plants. Lilacs full of buds and so are the apple trees. Should make for a good show! Good luck getting it all together. It's hard work. Xox

Meggymay said...

If it were high summer here, we would say that the rain was good for the garden, but the weather you have had sounds awful. Hope you get some better days soon.
Yvonne xx

Rita said...

Sounds like you are lucky your pots were still in your yard!
New calendars are like a fresh start every month! :)

My name is Erika. said...

Your garden looks like it is starting off in fine shape, other than the wind debris. Sounds like you may need to wait for the winds to dissipate before you do too much cleaning up though. Its too early to plant much here in New Hampshire as we still could get some frost, but I did get some spring yard work done this weekend which was a really good thing. My husband is ordering some soil and wants to work on the lawn- and it needs it. We have way too much dirt rather then green. Hope those winds go away and the rains stop. I think they might be coming our way most of this week-but that should keep the kiddos mellow at school. Hugs- Erika

Carol said...

It's been very wet and stormy here too so not much outdoor work done. The grass will need bailed at the rate it's growing :) You've made headway and that's what counts :)

Sami said...

Storms can be quite damaging. Hope you're able to sort out your garden soon.
You don't seem to have any free time at all as per your April calendar.

AiyanaKalyna said...

I am very happy you didn't get a lot of damage. I look forward to seeing lots of your garden this year. I am halfway done with mine.

Divers and Sundry said...

You know how I love your garden updates :) We've had days and days of rain and thunderstorms and some large trees down from the winds. We're supposed to get sun Wednesday, and I'm looking forward to it.

~*~Patty S said...

We had a really wet and relaxing weekend.
Glad your storms are calming down.
You get some dozies!
Your gardens are coming along beautifully.
It always amazes me how when things get to growing again it goes amazingly fast!
Kudos too for keeping up with your calendars!
Happy May oxo