Since I have to spend my hard earned bucks to get my nails done every two weeks, I always, and I do mean ALWAYS, wear gloves when I am working in the garden.
I find it difficult to plant small items with my cotton gloves, so I use those latex food gloves that I keep in my kitchen. They are super thin and it feels like you have nothing covering your hand.
I do tend to forget how thin they are and I continue on planting for hours. When I get done, my hand looks like this:
All that black dirt is under the gloves! Yes, I get little rips and the soil clogs under my nails and then under the entire glove. So much for clean hands...
I thought I'd show you a little trick I use to fill large containers.
Instead of using more soil than I need, I fill the bottom with the plastic containers that I just took the plants out of. Just squish them in. It saves soil, lessens the weight of the container and helps provide drainage.
It's a good thing.
Here is that container all planted.
I put a canna in the back and some of my new dahlias in the middle. It should be stuffed full once they come up.
Do you recognize that stick with the birdhouse in the back?
It's my pupae on the stick that I saved in the garage all winter.
One of them fell off and I picked him up and put him on top of the soil and he moved! He didn't exactly roll over or anything, but he sort of bobbed up and down a bit. They are alive. I hope something does not eat them now that I've put them outside!
It's colder out today than I expected so I just turned on the television to check the local weather. It's only 48 degrees and A FREEZE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 11PM TO 7AM. Just my luck! ARRRGGGGG .... off I go to haul all the plants into the garage.
Let the Basting Begin! - I am using my dining room table to baste this big one -- it's about 105 x 105 inches (king size). It's been a while since I've finished one this big.
10 months ago