On my needles this morning . . .

I am still poking away at mastering toe up socks. The harvest colored socks in the photo above need the cuff bound off again because it’s just a whisker too tight. The green are still snug when pulling it on over the heel, but I like the fit everywhere else. I need to figure out a solution to that and think going up a needle size on the cuff and bind off would do the trick. I think? 🙂

Even though my veggies are doing horribly this year (very late, wet, COLD spring), my herbs are doing amazing. I’ll actually have herbs to dry this year to use over the winter, which has never happened before. I have to admit that I’m pretty excited about it. I’m even contemplating building another garden on the other side of the steps to add on for next year – calendula, more basil, some other healing herbs. 🙂

Kitchen herbs

I have a very roughly built raised bed at the corner of my house that my son and I built last year. Last year I put annuals in that flourished and looked beautiful, but this year I couldn’t decide what I wanted there. I thought about holding out until fall and planting bulbs for next year (with annuals again for the summer). I thought about perennials. I thought about a lot of things.

But then I got the kitchen garden in and realized I left myself no room for any kitchen herbs. Oops. I’ve tried an herb container garden. It didn’t go well.

Viola! That’s what I’d do with this bed. Put my rosemary, thyme, oregano and chives there. So today, I was on a mission. I got all of those, plus basil and sage. I bought compost and good soil and snagged some newspaper from my MIL and laid everything out, except for a plant from my husband’s aunt that I need to move in the fall. This should be perfect – it’s right by the front door!

And here we have a before and after. I did extra chives and basil because we use those the most often. NOM!

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Gardening 2015 Thoughts

The season is barely over and I’m already thinking about next year – things to do differently, more of, less of, not at all. How to rearrange things. I had a successful year doing everything organically – maybe not a stellar year, but I did it with no sprays. *pats back*

Next year, I know there’s things I want more of – hopefully enough to get into canning, otherwise I’ll supplement from the farmer’s market. I do have plans to have hubby make the gardening area larger, for sure.

So. Does anyone here can? Any tips and tricks? Good blogs to follow? Helpful links? (I know some are better than others…) Books? I do better with books, something tangible I can hold in my hand and refer back to.

Trying new things

Today’s garden update is that I got my herbs in and got them watered. I ordered plant markers off Etsy today that look adorable and they customize the markers for you, if you want. So I did want. 🙂 I have seeds to get in but they haven’t arrived yet. I truly hope they’re here soon because I can’t go further until they do. 😦

I’m losing my mind. Someone here posted about finishing up a pair of Water for Elephants socks and I can’t remember who and I can’t find the post or the emails. It’s driving me nuts.(Who were you please?) I had admired the socks, especially because I hadn’t ever done any sort of colorwork before and I was encouraged to give them a go. And so I am.

I got the yarn for them today. Some beautiful blues from Regia. It’s SO dangerous working at my favorite LYS! 😛

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Hodge Podge….

I was busy in the garden today and got the rest of the seedlings planted. The tomatoes still look terrific, which gives me hope that maybe I won’t kill them after all. I got cukes, zuchini, green peppers and green beans planted today and since the beans grow in bushes, I planted them to use as a natural “fence” between the veggies and the space I want to use as herbs. We’ll see how that goes. I’m going to plant carrots and summer squash later this week as well as some other veggies, too.

I also put together a rock cairn, something I’ve always wanted. It’s not big, but it doesn’t have to be, though I think it turned out well. I’d like to do a path of pavers leading to it through the garden and plant bright pretty flowers on either side… Next year. This year I concentrate on the veggies. 🙂

Although, if anyone has any suggestions on what the flowers should be, I’m open to suggestions. I’m not sure what I’m looking for just yet.

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Catching up

I finished knitting a scarf last night. I meant to block it today but spent a good part of today on the couch with a wicked headache and didn’t get that far. I’m hoping to block it tomorrow, though, and get pictures of it this weekend. I hope. I need to get a different scarf pin for it, too.

Nearly finished week one of Rowan’s Mystery KAL for their new Pure Wool. I know, I know. I’m only a wee bit behind. Oops. At least the squares go quickly, though. Once I finish this square, I’ll get a pic of my week one blocks.

I got my flowers into the new raised bed today and sort of watered them. We need a new spray for the hose so it more soaked the dirt and created puddles, but it was better than them being dry. Will have to get a new spray this weekend. I also need to pick up two reblooming lilac bushes.

Yeah. Boring post is boring.

Gardening and Concerts

I haven’t really gotten a lot of knitting or crocheting done recently. It’s finally spring where I am, so we’ve been busy cleaning up the yard from the long, hard winter we had. There were lots of fallen branches and twigs, the dirt at the edge of the yard left by the plow trucks this winter during storms, etc. Unfortunately, a rhododendron that has been here since we bought the house (7 years ago) and survived a massive remodel and roof redo finally died on me. It was a good size, probably 10×10. This spring I noticed that a large part of the center section was dead so originally I was going to clip off the dead bits. The problem is that the more I clipped, the more I found that was dead. It had a huge base, so my husband brought up the chain saw then my son and I cleaned it out. Next up? Lilacs! I’m going to pick up at least one rebloomer tonight, I think. 🙂 My azaleas aren’t doing well either, so I may end up taking them all out, moving the bleeding heart and doing lilac all across the front. 🙂 The rebloomers don’t grow more than 4  – 6 feet, so they’d be perfect.

Yes, boring stuff, I know! 🙂

I also took my 15 year old to his first rock concert. It was Seether’s Rise Above Fest, which raised money for SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), which is a very personal thing for the lead singer of Seether as his brother committed suicide a few years ago. 15 bands (8 local, 7 biggies) with Seether and Avenged Sevenfold as headliners and it was SUCH a good time. He had a blast and told me it was his best birthday ever.