Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spreader, Garden, & Burn Update

Back in September of last year, Bulldog Man and I we went to an estate sale and several yard sales, and came back with quite a few great finds.  One of our favorite finds is a fertilizer spreader……the type you attach to your lawn tractor.  It was originally priced for $5.00; we picked it up for $4.00; can’t beat that price…..especially if it works……and it does.  Bulldog Man and I are very happy with our purchase. 

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Garden Updates
The Yukon Gold potatoes are growing nicely, they keep popping through the straw which I've laid on top of each plant to protect from the extreme sun.  It’s time once again to lay some straw over the top of each plant.



I planted spinach between each row of lettuce; it’s started popping out of the ground.  Excuse the picture, it’s a bit blurry.

Bulldog Man and I have prepared a garden box for several of my tomato plants.  The soil, compost, and peat are mixed and ready for seedlings.  This year, I decided I wanted wind breaks attached to this garden box to protect my tomato plants from the wonderful winds of Oklahoma. Bulldog Man, with some help for me, made two wind breaks from recycled wood.  The breaks were made for the north and south sides of the garden box, each break is removable.  I can remove one or both breaks to work on my tomato plants or just leave the breaks in place.   You can say I’m a happy girl……now I can gradually bring my tomato plants out of the greenhouse, get them used to the temperature outside, and then plant them in this garden box with wind protection. 






The plywood is removable, now I just need to plant my tomato plants.


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Update on Bulldog Man’s Leg
It’s looking so much better, and Bulldog Man is a happy man!
 
BEFORE: Right after the tea water hit the skin.

AFTER: 10 Days After, Looking Better.



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Has spring finally hit your area?















18 comments:

  1. Really clever idea for the wind break in the tomato boxes! Simple, but oh-so-clever. And I'll bet it's going to be effective, too.

    Yes, the burn does look better. I'm sure your quick thinking on how to handle it helped a lot. (Put any hot cups of liquid on the arm of his chair since the accident?)

    Do we have spring yet? Well, I knew the soil in my raised beds was thawed, dried and looking quite "plantable" so I went out today to put up the trellis so I could plant my Sweet Peas. Couldn't even get the rods of rebar, to hold up the trellis, pounded into the ground. They hit solid, frozen ground about 8" down. Sigh.

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    1. Mama Pea,

      I needed something because the winds are just so bad at times here. It's an wind break made from scrap materials. Yes, it's simple and it works for me:-)

      I'm happy BD Man's burn looks so much better. Mama Pea.....my husband still places hot cups of tea and coffee on the arm of his chair. You would think he learned from this accident.......

      Probably another week before the ground starts warming up. Hanging in there, Spring will TOTALLY be there soon enough!!

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  2. I'd say summer may have hit central FL! Upper 80's with afternoon showers are planned for all week.

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    1. Izzy,

      That does sound like a Florida summer to me! Try to stay cool :-)

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  3. Love the wind break in the tomato bed & so happy that BD Man is gettting better!

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    1. DFW,

      The wind break will make a difference with my tomato plants, last year several were broken because of the wind. Thank God BD Man's burn is getting better. Because I know he wouldn't want to have the hospital folks deal with his burn.

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  4. What a great find on that attachment. New tractor toys are always a bonus :)

    Plants are looking good there and glad BDM is recovering from your hot water attack :)

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    1. PP,

      We love great finds!!! Going to keep our eyes and ears out looking for more deals over the summer.

      Thank you my friend, I'm working hard on getting a really good garden this year. Hubby just couldn't avoid that hot water attack.......
      Actually his leg is looking so much better, and he needs to be careful leaving his cup on the arm of his chair.

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  5. Every thing is looking great. Good idea on the wind break.

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    1. Gail,
      Thank you! I believe this wind break will help the tomato seedlings grow enough to support themselves. Last year several of the branches broke because of the winds.

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  6. look up BDM, there are trees ahead 😜

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    1. Kim,

      LOL!!!! Very true, he doesn't need to be running into them.

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  7. oh my goodness Sandy!!! i just read the previous post after reading this one because i must have missed BDMan burning himself so badly! ouch - that HAD to have hurt! but due to your quick thinking and knowledge and skills - it is looking so much better! ouch again - ick - i hate burns!

    but awesome score on the seed spreader! and all of your plants are looking good too. our first year here, we didn't have wind breaks for the tomatoes and realized pretty quickly how much we needed them! so we wrap each of our tomatoe tires with plastic sheets about 4ft high and it works wonders! your tomatoes are going to do really well this year now that they have the wind breaks!!!

    sending much love to you and yours Sweet Sandy! (aka Brat Angel!) your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Sweet Kymber,

      It did hurt, and fast thinking made a difference.

      Can't beat the score on the seed/fertilizer spreader one bit. I'm so happy to have these wind breaks, I'm hoping the tomato plants really take off since they're protected.

      Sending hugs and love to you and Jam.
      Your Friend,
      Sandy

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  8. You two work hard but you accomplish a lot. Sorry about the burn, those are painful and tricky, but it does look better.

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    1. Harry,

      Thanks Harry, we do keep busy. The burn is something I wish didn't happen but we learn from our mistakes of putting a hot cup of tea on the arm of a chair. The burn is healing nicely.

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  9. So glad the burn is healing so well. What a relief. And your garden is looking great! Very inspiring.

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    1. Leigh,

      It's healing really nicely. Thank you, were working hard on the garden to make it very productive come harvest time.

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