It’s early afternoon on Sunday, and I’m beat! It’s been a very full weekend…
Yesterday morning I went to my much-anticipated gardening class on food waste composting with worms, and picked up my worm bin and one pound baggie of red worms. I started getting it set up last night, and finished this morning – I hope this works out! Worm composting (aka vermicomposting) is supposed to be a great way to take care of non-dairy/non-meat food scraps and their poop is supposed to be a fantastic additive for a garden (and horrifically expensive if you buy it, from what I’ve heard). For anybody interested, you can read more about my worm bin here.
After my gardening class ended, I rushed home, dumped my plastic tote and bag of worms on the dinning table (be glad I left the ziploc IN the tote!) grabbed sunblock and some granola bars, and headed back out with Destin to Pacific Raceways to see my dad’s cousins Dave and Dennis drag race their 1998 Dodge. Is it still a 1998 Dodge if they’ve replaced every single part on it with meticulously machined parts?
We got to see them run twice, which was really cool – and I got video the second time, even though the quality is lacking a bit! I haven’t seen them in a couple of years – the extended family only seems to get together for weddings and funerals, and they’re a kick to spend time with.
My phone actually did a pretty good quality… click in the “[ ]” symbol in lower right hand corner of the video after you click “play” to make it full screen!
After that, it was out to dinner, and back home, where I got my worms set up in their box, and was outside watering my garden until it got dark out. That late at night I was tempted to skip it, but our weather has been in the low 80s lately, and I don’t want to kill everything off through laziness just as it’s getting started!
Today is a chores day – laundry and yard work, though my gardening is more fun and less of a chore… especially because I said to heck with it for part of the work I need to do around my beds because it’s too stinking hot to be out in full sun right now! I did get some carrot seeds planted in one of my raised beds… and around my pumpkins in my little pumpkin patch in front. I’m excited that my cucumbers, broccoli and pumpkins are getting their first sets of “true leaves”, two of my potato plants are nearly big enough to add more dirt to their buckets, and my pea plants are covered in blossoms!
My strawberries even have a blossom or two! I noticed that two of my strawberry plants have sent out runners. I’ve heard some mixed info on this – supposedly if I cut them off, the plants will focus more on fruit than on growing a new plant, but that if I leave the runner, once it gets established and grows it’s own roots, I can nip the connection between the two and have a whole new plant. This is my first year growing strawberries. Any thoughts on what I should do?
I added grass clippings for mulch around my seedlings and plants that are already established, to help hold in moisture between waterings, and as more of my seedlings come up, I’ll add more mulch. It seems to have made my peas happy – they’re already nearly at the tops of the tomato cages I’ve got them in! I’ve also got plans to put my watermelon, dill and broccoli seedlings in my raised beds this evening after my bed is shaded and it cools off a little.
I vote we switch the whole week/weekend setup to be 5 days of weekend, 2 days of work! There’s so much to be done on weekends!