Sunday, January 15, 2012

Seed Beginnings

I have made my planting mix, set up my seed incubation room, planted seeds and have been watering when needed.

Now is the time of waiting.

Watching for the tiny tendrils to appear.

Watching for tiny evidence that growing has begun.

I am planning to do my transplanting differently this year, to cut through the bottom of the disposable starter cups to allow the new roots to get better purchase in their larger environment.

But right now, I am still watching for the new beginnings that will create seedlings.

© 2012 Kathryn Hardage

Monday, January 2, 2012

More Lawn Conversion

I had wanted to drive across town to an organic nursery.

A few days later, I was asked to provide transportation to that area.

I visited the nursery.

I looked at all the perennials for sunny and shady locations.

I asked questions about fruit trees.

I now have two different fig trees to plant.

I have some ground cover, understory shrubs and flowering perennials.

I will watch for warm days without freezing nights to get these new plants in the ground.

I will add compost and mulch close to the base.

I will make sure they don’t dry out in the winter.

I will watch the light for optimum conditions.

I am ready to take the next steps in converting my yard to water conserving and edible plants.

I am loving the diversity and looking forward to the bees and beneficial insects, butterflies and hummingbirds.

© 2012 Kathryn Hardage