Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Strawberry Bed

So this is my much neglected strawberry bed.

As you can see its full of weeds. I spent the whole day today cleaning out the dead leaves and weeding it.
It's still a bit crowded with strawberry plants because I let the runners go wild during its neglect but I think it look a whole lot better. I am planning on moving some of the plants to another bed after the picking season is over. This should make the plants much more happy and they will produce more and larger fruit.

The berries are starting to get big. Oh I can't wait till I can pick a bunch! I don't spray my plants with any pesticides. I never had any problems with bugs, there are a few that will go after your strawberries like the strawberry bud weevil and the spittle bug. I have not had much problem with them so for now I don't spray. I do however have problems with birds and chipmunks.  Those little buggers see my nice ripe berries and go right for them. The worst part is they don't just eat one or two, they take a bit out of each one destroying them all so I don't get any.

Strawberry rocks have been floating around Pinterest for a while so I decided to make my own version. The picture above is the finished project. Can you see the little red stones? So what I did was paint a bunch of small stones bright red. They say to put them in your strawberry bed in the spring before the berries are ripe. When the birds see them they will come to eat the berries only to be fooled by the stones. Over time they will stop coming because they learn that they can't eat them. By then the berries are ripe and the birds leave them alone.
 So they say. 
Here's a few pictures of what I did.



Simple enough. The tutorials I read said to paint them to look like strawberries but I didn't go that fancy. Just painted them red and done. 
We shall see how it works.

I also put a small fence around it to keep out small critters and gave it a bit of organic fertilize. 
Well there you have it. My strawberry bed is ready for the season. This small bed should give me enough berries for a few strawberry shortcakes, a batch of jam and even some to put in the freeze for the winter.
I hope you enjoyed reading my days adventure.

Update: I said yesterday that I don't have problems with pests, well the little buggers made me a lier. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

A Welcoming Walk Around My Mini Homestead


As I said in my welcoming post My husband and I own a home on a half acre. We bought it about 10 years ago, it was in wonderful condition with a nice green lawn and a few trees. The past owners were not much into landscaping so it was pretty much a blank canvas. I was so happy I started planting flowers and my mom bought me one of those strawberry tower that I put together and had strawberry plants in it in no time. Then well I started to enjoy the city life and forgot about my little flower garden and my strawberry bed.

About a year ago I had a life threatening medical scare that got me thinking that I needed to stop and smell the roses. Literally! My life was going by so fast and I needed to slow down and enjoy it. I looked back to when I enjoyed thing the most and remembered growing up in the country digging in the dirt, planting things and being so satisfied when the tiny little seeds would grow up into big pretty flowers and the yummy veggies that would not make it out of the garden without being eaten.

Here are some pictures of what it all looks like now.


My poor little strawberry bed! It's been so neglected. And well there are some more pictures of things that got neglected.
The flower bed. Yup, that's a bed full of weeds with a few flowers. 
Ok so let's take a look at a few other pictures

This is of the very back of the property. It slopes quite drastically in the back, with no way to get a mower down there to keep it neat. That wooden box you see is from a tree that was planted there that no longer exists. I think I'm going to move that and use it for another strawberry bed.

 My compost area, I just made those bins to help with my cleanup. I'll tell you all about that in another post. Compost is a great way to use your green waste and clean up debris.

My veggie garden area. What a mess! I have a few plants in it right now but it can really use some work. 

And finally a view of the whole mess from my patio. Well these are the before pictures, not the greatest. Nothing I am proud of for sure but hopefully soon I will have some great after pictures.















Thursday, May 29, 2014

Welcome

Welcome to my ramblings about my life. I am a country girl born and bred, my mom taught me how to enjoy the best things in life, good cooking, how to sew, gardening and the great outdoors! I will be sharing some of those great thing as well as the adventures of my life learning how to be a country girl transported to the big city life.

I grew up enjoying all the great things about being country. Bike rides though the countryside, huge garden behind the house, wildlife (deer, turkey, raccoons, etc) just outside my back door, and the oh so wonderful smells of that which is the country. Dairy farms were just over every hill and the vineyards. Oh the smell of the vineyards in the fall! Corn field after corn field, everywhere you looked there were corn fields. Strawberries, tomatoes, beans, and peppers fresh from the garden. Picking apples and pears from the orchard down the road. Ok now I'm just hungry! Anyway you get the picture.

Now fast forward to present day. Well I fell in love and married a city boy. He is the love of my life! We bought a nice home on a half acre of land just on the edge of the city. Not my first choice but a compromise, he wanted to be in the heart of the city, I wanted more country. As I sit here on the patio listening to the cars driving by and the people walking up the street I look around and realize trying to make this a bit more country is going to be quite the task, but I'm going to give it a shot.

I hope you find my adventure interesting and enjoyable, and I hope maybe a little funny. I'm sure there is going to be a lot of trial and error, a bit of learning and a whole lot of fun.  Oh and this is my dog Sam.

isn't he the cutest!?