Sunday, March 30, 2008

Spring Snow Showers... and I Make Flowers

We had a spring snow shower delaying the warm weather yet again. So I made a little of my own spring and created this flower. The ribbon was made to look like an old Kimono, I inserted a red bead for the center and put a backing on it made of felt and a pin.

I am a major fan of ribbon and always amazed at how easily a piece of ribbon can become something even more beautiful.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Growing Plans

Last year I had a small and demure vegetable garden in raised wooden beds. Onions, lettuce, garlic, beets, peas, radishes and some of the saddest tomatoes I have even seen.

This year, bigger beds, made of brick not wood and tons of amended soil are the base of my new garden plans. Peas, carrots, fennel, beets, lettuces, onions, potatoes, chard, beans, artichokes and leeks will be joined by amazing tomatoes (thanks to recently learned "secret" tomato growing techniques). Needless to say, I have been busy!

Next to a pen and paper, my favorite tool for garden planning is Microsoft PowerPoint. I can create a scale plan and change it multiple times with just a few clicks. Here is my most recent plan.

My one goal this year, to take more pictures and document the progress of my little plot. Stay Tuned for "Before Photos".