By Penny Stine
Friday, June 1, 2012
These boots were made for walkin'...
"But that's now what they'll do....
Using the blog from a few weeks ago, our very own Jo Murray planted her husbands old boots with beautiful succulents.
The repurposed boots were steel toed, so she made the holes farther up than the Pinterest boots, keeping the integrity of the boot. I love the look.
She put the boots on her porch on an old ice cream dolly and presto - a fun unique decoration for her home.
Thanks for sharing, Jo!
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose." - Dr Seuss (He's a doctor, trust him.)
By Penny Stine
Thursday, May 31, 2012
This press release came from Sarah Brooks with the town of Palisade. Since it's garden-related, I figured it needed to be on Let's Get Dirty.
PALISADE COMMUNITY GARDEN
Building a Healthy Community
In April, the Town of Palisade was awarded $500 from the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association for the provision of a new community garden. With matching funds from the Palisade Sunrise Rotary, Palisade Co-Op, local resident Bud Lofvenborg, and generous contributions from the Rock Shop, the Town of Palisade is officially welcoming citizens to the community garden on West Fourth Street.
The garden site is still very basic, but through a community effort the garden will blossom and grow into something that will bring great pride to the citizens of Palisade. On May 30th, Palisade Town staff worked diligently to place and fill garden boxes with soil, and there are now ten completed raised beds in varying sizes that are available for lease. More boxes will be available as the demand increases. Once the garden beds are purchased and citizens begin to plant and provide tender loving care to their plot, the Palisade Community Garden will come to look like a desert in bloom.
Garden plots are available for lease, on a first come first serve basis. All beds have been filled with mixed soil, and a water tap is on site for all garden users. Citizens interested in leasing a plot for the season should contact the Town of Palisade.
The garden rates are as follows:
Plot Size Regular Fee Low Income Fee
4X8 $45 $25
3X5 $35 $15
2X3 $25 $10
By Penny Stine
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Yes, we gardeners live dangerously. I thought everyone knew that. We create jungles in our garden spaces in August because we're incredibly impatient at the end of May. Plus, there's the aura of mystery inherent in every springtime garden when seeds are used.
Will it come up? Did it die? Did a critter chomp either the seeds or the seedlings?
I planted six sweet potato plants - only two look like they'll survive. Still not thriving, as you can see by the picture, but looking somewhat Gloria Gaynor-ish.
Here's the one that's got me living on the edge of danger. It looks dead, right? I gave it a huge space because my mom said sweet potatoes need it. So now that I've got the huge empty space with nothing growing in it but a maybe-dead sweet potato, I'll be tempted to plant even more seeds because an empty space in a garden is worse than a cookie jar with no cookies. It must be filled!
I will sow a jungle. My sweet potato plant will miraculously not die, but will compete with the squash, beans or tomatillos I plant in its place. Everything will grow and I'll need a machete to find whatever produce my jungle produces.
If that's not living dangerously, I don't know what is.
By Penny Stine
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I should be putting the finishing touches on the 20+ stories I'm trying to write (that were due yesterday) for the Summer Music Festival. I am, however, going stir crazy and need a break. So due to popular demand, I'm going to host a quick episode of Name that Squash!, the always fun, interactive game in which I post a picture of a squash growing in my garden and you, dear blog reader, try to guess the variety.
Ready? Here goes...
Hint: I'm giving this one a lot of room. My mom gave me one last year that filled my entire oven when I cut it in two and baked it.
If you guessed hubbard, give yourself five points.
I bought a package that had five different kinds of pattypan squash seeds in it, so it's a scalloped squash of some kind. The seeds weren't marked or color-coded, so even if I was the kind of gardener who took notes or carefully marked everything (I'm not), I wouldn't know whether this is a moonbeam, a sunbeam, a total eclipse, a partial eclipse or a lunar eclipse. It could also be a hybrid scalloped called a G-Star. No, that wasn't G-string. It's a squash, not an adult toy.
Ditto for these. Where do they get the names? Of course, these do look like little spaceships when they're grown, so maybe that's why they chose the extra-terrestrial names.
OK, here's one I actually know, and you should, too, since I blogged about planting spaghetti squash in my straw bales.
Last but not least, here are two mystery squashes that came up on their own. I don't know whether they're coming up because I spread my home compost on the ground or because I planted something in these spaces last year and they've been thinking about growing for a year.
If you actually think you know what these mystery squash are, let me know. Your prize will be an actual squash from not one, but both plants!
OK, so no one really demanded it, but I'm sure you would have if you would have known how much fun it was or the fame and glory that could be yours if you guessed them all correctly.
Perhaps the real question should be, why does anyone need to plant so many squash?
Now I gotta get back to work...
By Penny Stine
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
It's amazing what you can find after you've had a decent night's sleep. Here is the picture of the battery-operated pump put together by one intrepid straw bale gardener. The hose is connected right to it and they've attached a small sprinkler which can hit about half of their plants in one watering. It takes about 10 - 20 minutes to thoroughly soak everything. Pretty good solution to no electricity and low water pressure.
I also included a photo of my straw bales at home. These are about 10 days ahead of the ones in the community plot. It took about a week for the seeds to sprout in this bale. I've got spaghetti squash in back and some sort of melon in front. I haven't been watering my bales at home daily now that I'm no longer conditioning or waiting on seeds to sprout. The bales seem to stay moist for a couple of days, which is what is supposed to happen. So far, this experiment gets a thumbs up.