Monday, March 23, 2009

Weird Things

One thing that I've noticed over the last year or so since my surgery is that the weirdest things interest me...

I've never once been interested in gardening... but all of a sudden this weekend, I've been thinking that it would be fun to get my hands in the dirt - of course that might mean taking these crazy nails off, but still...

I've been dreaming up what I think would be pretty in front of our house - because the landscaping that came from the builder just doesn't excite me in the least. I'd love to rip it all out and start over... but we'll see what is allowed by the boss man... aka our family's CFO. (chief financial officer)

I've certainly got a picture in my head of what it would look like... naturally the picture is after several years of establishment of the plants... but well - you know how that goes! At least we're in the same boat as everyone else in our neighborhood - we all have little weak looking plants, but boy - I see serious potential in my mind!!

I see a big wall of pink flowers with a shorter wall of white... (or vice versa) setting off our lovely porch rails that John will have built... he's been talking about them for a while... with some really great black iron rocking chairs on our porch... it would be beautiful!

For those that haven't seen pictures - we have a really great front porch that spans the length of the front of our house - with three big brick pillars... I'll try to get some pictures of what it looks like...

In addition to dreaming about the front I've been dreaming about having a vegetable garden in the back - but not just any vegetable garden... I'd like to have a raised box garden - depending on which idea John likes - I've been setting my mind's eye around two possibilities.

One would be raised up on legs against one of the side fences... and the other would be boxes on the ground up against the back of the house... again - in my head - I'm seeing lots of veggies! It will be a new adventure because short of our annual tomato plant that we get and put in a pot - I've never done any of this...

And even at that said tomato plant typically has never produced a single tomato for us to eat - they've been small... and well - even with the lack of trees in our neighborhood - last year every time we'd get ready to pick a tomato... we'd come to realize that a bird would have stuck their beak into it already!

I don't have what you'd call a green thumb... in fact - it's quite the opposite... so I wonder how much John would be willing to invest in this... maybe I should just take up needlepoint or knitting and make us some vegetables that way?! HA!


  1. crochet carrots, mmmm! Lee & I planted some new palms and annuals this weekend--I totally fee ya!

  2. I am thinking about planting a garden also. I like the idea of a raised vegetable garden but my husband just wants in flat on the ground. Do you know any benefits to a raised bed? My mom is great with flowers and has beds on each side of her house. I have one pathetic side that I don't spend much time in. We have had a couple of snakes over the past 2 years and I am terrified!!!! Maybe I will do a little more work in them this year. Good Luck!!!!

  3. Amy, There are benefits to raised beds, one you don't have to buy a tiller ;-) (which your husband may not think is a benefit).

    There are alot of benefits listed here In my case, hubby wanted the raised beds, I thought it was too much effort. I do like them now though.

    Kim, any veggies that are knitted would be full of fiber and low on calories. They may not taste very good though.

  4. I love that you have the desire to start new things! That's great!

    I'm still not into gardening, but I have been wanting to do more things like sewing and learning to crochet. I guess it's that desire to take one thing we spent time doing and replacing it with active things or somethign that will keep us busy! I love it!

    I can't wait to see pictures!!!

  5. My MIL gave me the lasagna gardening book for an early house warming present. It's a no-dig style and she ALWAYS has a great yield.

    You can come over to my house to get dirt your fix in if your CFO isn't interested...the back yard needs some SERIOUS help.


  6. I am totally jealous! We sold our house about 9 months ago and we are temporarily in an apartment until we figure out what to do next (long story). I miss having a house terribly and I want to be able to garden! OK, technically I hate gardening, but I want a space that I COULD garden if I wanted to! lol


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