Posts tagged "Nature"

The Backyard Garden: Squash-a-palooza!

Seriously, I have a lot of squash.  More than I know what to do with. It started out innocently and with the best of intentions: Then the damn thing grew to proportions that reminded me of  “Audrey II”  from the “Little Shop Of Horrors.”   I loved picking fresh squash out of the garden: But... Read more »

The Backyard Garden: The New Beds

The largest of the new beds during wedding and soil prep.
This spring some of my neighbors’ zeal for gardening didn’t quite resurface and I was lucky enough to inherit their neglected beds. In all, I picked up a larger rectangular bed and a smaller square bed. I wasn’t quite sure what I would plant in the larger one until a friend had an overabundance of... Read more »

Gardening 2015: From Seeds To Seedlings & Starting to Prep The Beds

East facing view of main garden including the newly dug potato beds.
Fun fact:  Prepping the beds means picking up the dog poo left over by lazy owners who let their dogs run free in the garden.     If you liked this post, “like” I Hate My Developer on Facebook Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is... Read more »
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Gardening 2015: Starting The Seeds

The snow is barely off of the ground, but I’m trying my hand at starting vegetables from seed. Inside, of course. Yesterday I took the seeds I’ve been holding since January and made my first attempt at growing vegetables the old fashioned way.   Well, the old fashioned way with a twist. I’m using  a terrarium... Read more »

Spring Fever Hits Early: Lets Plan To Garden

Spring Fever Hits Early:  Lets Plan To Garden
I’ve been itching to plant my vegetable garden since the Christmas tree came down. Despite the fact it’s early March and there is still snow on the ground,  I’m eagerly looking forward to sunny days in the garden.  Yet as we all know, a productive and attractive garden doesn’t happen without a little planning. This... Read more »

Is It Gardening Time Yet?

Is it time to plant something?   As you can see, I’m a little eager to get going.  Is anyone else fighting an urge to get out and dig in the dirt?  Or start your seeds way too early? It can’t be just me can it?   If you liked this post, “like” I Hate... Read more »
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Squirrels: Garden Terrorists

People usually think I’m a little crazy when I rant about how squirrels *aren’t* a gardeners best friend. I’ve had years of experience trying to keep the little beasts from my container gardens.  Bedding plants thrown hither and yon, containers rooted through, candy bars hidden in my boxes—it’s all par for the course. I won’t... Read more »

The Backyard Garden: What A Difference Two Months Makes

The backyard garden on 5/31/14   Overview of the back yard garden that used to be four abandoned vacant lots.   The backyard garden on 7/31/14   The pictures don’t even do it justice.   If you liked this post, “like” I Hate My Developer on Facebook Type your email address in the box and... Read more »

Backyard Garden Timeline

5/7---Turning over the garden bed and amending the soil by adding mushroom compost.
Much like the Jackson Park Garden, the backyard garden has been a labor of love mixed in with a great deal of hard work. Here is this growing season’s timeline through pictures. If you liked this post, “like” I Hate My Developer on Facebook Type your email address in the box and click the “create... Read more »
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Jackson Park Garden Is Off To A Slow Start

The weeds grew way faster than I intended in my beds at Jackson Park.  I took the path of least resistance and cleared out the less weedy one on the right and finally put down my tomato plants.
While the back yard vegetable bed is planted, I still had to go to Jackson Park Community Garden to get those beds in order as well. As you can see from the pictures below, what greeted me was not a pretty sight. The garden is secluded from most foot and vehicle traffic and it was... Read more »