First Day of Spring in Northern Nevada ~ March 2009

After begging for last Friday off from work…I spent the whole day in my yard! And while my body revolted on Saturday…it felt VERY GOOD! Especially with it being sunny and 70F (then it was blowing & snowing and 40F over the weekend!)

Started at 7am in the back patio cutting the 6′ dog-eared cedar fencing down to 63″ (I had painted them the night before)…I needed to make a 4 foot section of fence to replace the tree/shrub my husband cut down on the side of the property. Took me about an hour to put it all together by myself…if you don’t look hard enough you can’t tell it’s a bit crooked. 🙂

Four Foot Section of New Fence ~ Right Side.

Four Foot Section of New Fence ~ Right Side.

After getting the fence up I headed to Lowes to pick up some things I will need for the drip system. I didn’t get all I needed to do last year, so will finish it up this spring. While there I HAD to make a detour outside to look at all the new plants that came in. I bought some small containers of herbs ~ dill, lemon thyme, spearmint, oregano and something else that escapes me at the moment. Also some cabbage and broccoli.

Called my mom to see if she was home and if she wanted to go with me to G & G Nursery (I can’t find a website for them, but here is a map with some reviews) with me to look for blueberry plants. So I swung by and picked her up…found the blueberries! Yippie! G & G Nursery has 3-year old Blue Crop and Berkeley plants…bought 2 to go with the one my mom gave me from her yard. Also bought the last of the elderberry plants (the berry one and not the ornamental ones…they have lots of those).

While looking at which blueberries to buy I spied a wee Blue Atlas Cedar in a 10 gallon tub…with no price on it. He told me that I can get it for 30% off if I wanted it…I said I wanted it, but would have to wait until I get paid. My mom bought it! 🙂 THANKIES! (Remind me to remind you that you already bought me an early, very early birthday present!) So we loaded up the car with the plants and swung by my house, unloaded the Lowes and G&G Nursery plants then hopped into the pickup to go get the tree.

I now have a Blue Atlas Cedar in the front yard!

I now have a Blue Atlas Cedar in the front yard!

See all the river cobbles around the tree? Well those came from the hole I dug for the tree…I told you last year I think a river ran through my yard. I’m pretty sure if we looked at old maps that it would show the Truckee River meandered through my yard pre-1915!

I also planted the 2 blueberries (plants in corner…with blueberry from mom’s house), 1 elderberry (right side) and 2 jasmine plants (left side) in the corner where I put up the new part of the fence. I’m hoping that if I build some hay houses for the jasmine that they will live through our winters…gotta give it a try!

Blueberries, Edlerberry, and Jasmine.

Blueberries, Elderberry, and Jasmine.

I’m debating on planting the herbs in the middle…probably in a small raised bed. Or they may go up front with the Blue Atlas Cedar. Right now they are in the old wash sink in the side room of the house. And since cabbage and broccoli are cool weather plants, I went ahead and planted them in the back raised garden beds.

Also planted ~ a packet of Lemon Queen Sunflower seeds that I found at my local Lowes in Sparks… these are for the Great Sunflower Project I told you about last week.

Lemon Queen Sunflower Seeds

Lemon Queen Sunflower Seeds

Around 4pm I wandered back into the house and realized I didn’t take anything out to make dinner…nor was I in any shape to go out and get something. Luckily I had a bag of leftover ham in the freezer…and some lentils in the pantry…chopped up an onion and a green chile, put that and the lentils and the frozen ham into my cast iron pot, poured some chicken broth over the whole thing. Then crawled into the shower.

Very sore on Saturday…but I wouldn’t ever trade a day like Friday for anything but another day just like it! 🙂 I get a lot done with my husband at work and out of my way! LOL!

We Killed Another Juniper! OORAH!

If you’ve read my blog long enough, you’d know that I despise Junipers in any type of landscaping. And when we bought our house, which was built in 1915, the yard was full of the bloody shrubs…some of them the size of a single car garage. We dug and pulled and dug and cried and dug and chopped and sawed and dug most of them out of the yard.

One was left in my way….and on Saturday we sawed and dug the wee one out.

The wee Juniper had to die because I wanted to plant pretty plants that bees like. I love to garden…bees help my garden…therefore I love bees. And I’m going to make my yard a very happy place for bees.

While at Lowes, I wandered to the outdoor plant section while my husband went to the back to pick up something he needed to fix our side gate. I stood in front of the Mediterranean Heather plants for 5 minutes mesmerized by all the bees. Happy bees. Very very happy bees. I want those happy bees in my yard, so I picked out two plants, one in pink and one in white and took them home with me.

After taking out the small juniper, with a big trunk, I planted the heather. This type of Heather blooms in the winter and spring (great for rock gardens) ~ takes full sun, fast growing, hardy to -20F. It’s near my Russian Sage…so when the Heather stops flowering, the Russian Sage will pick up where it left off.

I planted four horseradish plants in the strip between the two sets of bricks (believe it or not, but that is the space I grew two rows of sweet corn last year!)…see picture below.

Also, if you take a look at the upper right corner ~ I’m debating on either planting 3 Blueberry plants and some Elderberries OR that will be the spot I plant the Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash).

I’ve narrowed down the Blueberry plants to either TORO or the BLUECROP.