Today, I invested a little time and got my hands dirty to plant some seed for the garden indoors. We have an inch of snow on the ground outdoors…
Tomatoes, bell peppers, and marigolds I planted in bulk in pots with nice loam. When they have a few true leaves, I will prick them out and plant in individual pots and move them to the dining room where I’m sure TLW will notice. 😉 In mid-May, they will reach their final spots in the garden after a bit of toughening outdoors in pots. Over the next week, I will plant more in flats, probably onions as well. I have thousands of marigold seeds and I’m going to fill every corner of the lawn with my own orange weeds so the mower can take a larger radius of turn instead of a 90Âº turn with possible slippage, bending of steering linkage and wrenching of shoulders. On both sides of the driveway I will have a band of them to keep the mower away from the driveway and to hide some ugly coarse gravel mixed with soil on one side. In contrast with a bright green lawn again, the swathes of gold should be interesting, even visible from space.
I’ve decide to plant a lot less lawn and more trees. TLW is against that so I have to sneak the trees in where they will be inconspicuous for a few years, like near the lamp-post at the corner of the lot. It’s ugly right? It needs to be covered and no one should be admiring our home as they turn the corner, eh? Chuckle. TLW is high maintenance when it comes to growing things. It takes more effort to persuade than to germinate, nurture and plant… Most of the trees will go into pots in my garden in May so she may not even see them until it’s too late… I should start planting grass about mid-April according to my budget and my supplier’s inventory. Between now and then, I will fire up the Chinese rototiller and make final preparations for planting. We’re also going to do some digging to be sure the garden and yard are better drained. Weather permitting, we should have a decent lawn by the fall and a beautiful lawn next year, with 200 more trees promising a bright future with less CO2 in the atmosphere. Over winter only a few trees have been damaged, probably by mice. A couple of seedlings have actually vanished. Oh well. My plan is to plant more trees than the mice, rabbits and deer can eat. I hope also to overwhelm TLW with so many beautiful trees she cannot object.
My new alternator is leaving China this week and I’ve started the construction of a cart which will allow me to have mobile power anywhere in the yard to run drainage pumps, the welder or emergency lighting even if the power goes out. I’ve had repeated flooding of the garden. Clearly gravity is not enough. Our rare power failures often accompany the same storms causing flooding. The welder can barely reach anything outside the garage with its short cables. Expect garden benches, a swing and posts for windmills, solar towers, birdhouses and lamps everywhere. The alternator will put to use the engine from the twice-failed Sears tiller. I could even drive it from the Chinese rototiller if I need more power.
I keep coming up with ideas to make stuff. Some of it actually happens. This is the year.