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Alright, I’ll take it.

Our friends Colleen and Ellen came over this weekend for dinner…and they gifted me with plants from their gardens! (Thank you ladies!)

And today, ah, today we went to Lowe’s…and what appeared before my eyes? Clearance plants! $1 a piece!

Since we have a ridiculous amount of border landscaping to tend to up and down our driveway, we bought a dozen.

HWMMS tilled the side garden where the garlic/onions will live. I planted 300 garlic cloves and 200 onions this afternoon. And then he tilled the edging by the driveway and I put in 60 red gladiolus bulbs and 60 white gladiolus bulbs.

The season has JUST begun!


This is a little motto HWMMS wrote on his workbench. Adorable, right?

Today was a good plumbing day at the Weber Homestead. HWMMS replaced the never working garbage disposal (although we don’t use it too often because we try to compost, but it still needed to be replaced the water would sometimes not go down.) AND he fixed the leaky kitchen pipe and a pipe on the sink in his workroom and replaced the guts of the toilet on the main floor so it won’t keep running and wasting water after being flushed.

Damn I’m a lucky woman.

He also mounted the two fans on the ceiling of the greenhouse area off the balcony.


I’ve spent most of yesterday and this afternoon starting seeds, transplanting seeds I started the other week and repotting houseplants. There’s just something about playing with dirt that turns me on. I wonder what I did before I rediscovered my love of all things plants?

We also spent time together in the kitchen cooking this evening, tis nice to have a kitchen large enough to do that.

Now, if it could just get a little warmer so we can open the windows and start painting the inside of the house!

…inside my balcony greenhouse? My plants are THRIVING.


See this Lavender plant? Surely it thinks it’s Spring. She’s growing so fluffy! (And I to date have not been successful with Lavender by seed, this one I bought as a wee plant a month or two ago and it has already tripled in size!)


And my potato plants? For the love of spuds, these plants have been growing out of control. I mean FEED ME SEYMOUR LITTLE SHOP OF HORROR GROWTH. You can’t tell from the photo but the big plant is in a 20 gallon grow bag. Once we put new grow lights in the greenhouse area I swear the plant grew 2 feet. I’ve been taking the vine and leaves and burying them while mounding up the soil along the stem, we will see. HWMMS decided to try the other two 5 gallon bags with potatoes as well…they also are quite hardy. So far so good…


The daffodils in the garage are quite confused, they are coming up and blooming with just a little bit of light on the side window. Silly flowers have no idea another foot of snow is planning on falling this week.

Now I just have to start my seeds!

Well, I’m trying to root more heirloom tomato cuttings, mostly because I can. Also, I feel guilty that I’m killing a perfectly healthy plant when pruning. Gonna let these cuttings steep in the willow tree bark water for 7 days and see what happens!

Willow Tree to be!

I also started to root a willow tree for my neighbor bestie Cindy. :)

My plant obsession is not limited to the outdoors alone…mwhahahahaha.

New Houseplants New Houseplants New Houseplants

I recently bought a bunch of new little 3″-4″ houseplants after researching what plants help clean toxins out of the air. And I finally had a chance to upgrade them to better homes today. Lots of fun with dirt for me!

Repotted Houseplants New Houseplants

I picked up the Charles Chips tins at an antique store in Hammondsport, NY last week. Gma/Gpa Baker had them around the house when I was a youngster and they reminded me of happy times. Also, you know…I’m marrying a Charles.

Strawberries and Shamrocks

I transplanted our 16 strawberry plants to window boxes and planted a box of shamrocks.

More Seeds

And started more seeds to add to our garden.

Weber Garden 2012 Progress Report

Planted: Basil, Oregano, Coriander, Thyme, Chives, Dill, Parsley, Catnip, Green Beans, Lettuce, Spinach, Cucumbers, Peas, Strawberries, Marigolds and Shamrocks.

Transplants: Beefsteak Tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes, Cabbage, Broccoli, Eggplant, Speckled Cranberry Beans, Soybeans, Calypso Black Beans, Sunflowers.

Seeds Started: Red/Yellow Popcorn, Basil, Green Onion, Green and Yellow Squash, Pumpkins, More Beans, More Sunflowers and Wildflowers in Tiny Pots.

Direct Sow: Beets, Carrots, Radishes, Blue Potatoes and Fingerling Potatoes. And 2nd planting of Green Beans, Basil, Lettuce, Spinach, Green Onions, Speckled Cranberry Beans, Soybeans, Calypso Black Beans, White Cucumbers.

RIP: Peppers. They didn’t make wee plants from our seeds. Boo.

What are YOU growing this year?

Weber Goals for Today: Play outside till it rains, work inside after.

Herb Garden Herb Garden

Herb Garden- Completed! Basil, Oregano, Coriander, Thyme, Chives, Dill, and Parsley.


I also planted a bed of lettuce (and spinach, green beans, cucumbers and peas in the 1st garden plot.)

Hello Toad

Hello little fella!


Adios Bushes Part One Adios Bushes Part One Adios Bushes Part One Adios Bushes Part One

This project is more FUN and more WORK than it should be. Love pulling the smelly bushes out of the ground with the truck. HATE breaking up the hundred pounds of soil hanging on the roots. HWMMS did a lot of work on this…and it doesn’t even look like we have half of them torn out! Still 10 more to go.

Last project of the afternoon before the rainstorm? GET RID OF OLD SMELLY HEAVY COUCH.


Bye, bye couch…2 old couches out, 1 more to go.


I moved some of our house plants temporarily to the large space where the old smelly couch once sat. Our cats are NOT HAPPY.

A good day.

After the Rain

Happy Cats AND Happy Jenny!

5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants

Catnip is a natural mosquito repellent. In August 2010, entomologists at Iowa State University reported to the American Chemical Society that catnip is ten times more effective than DEET, the chemical found in most commercial insect repellents.

Bring on the bat houses and the mosquito dunks and the CATNIP!

I cannot begin to share how much I adore this sweetest little cat. Dani has grown leaps and bounds the last few months and has become a lovely addition to our family, bringing many smiles and moments of purrfection.


I had to give up the one I posted about above because it ended up being wee sticks in dirt. Now she has been munching on the other vine-y ones instead. Of course I think she is adorable and choose to take pictures of her eating the plants while OUTRAGED while He Who Makes Me Smile decides to get his nerf gun out for target practice. (It took three nerf gun shots for her to get that he wasn’t playing. Hahaha.)

I see our future parenting roles clearly…

“When our kids are someday on the floor eating the dog food, you will be taking pictures of them and blogging about it won’t you!”


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