Monday, February 18, 2013

Meet our second calf born so far. 

She is a heifer and I have been calling her Nike because of the white swoosh on her side.  What do you think it looks like?

Here she is with her momma, Cookies.

Just look at that mischievous face!

book review: understanding garden design

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Understanding Garden Design by Vanessa Gardner Nagel, APLD is one of the best I have read about garden design for amateurs like me.  The first chapter explains the why of garden design and walks you through making a scope statements.  This really helped direct my thought process to the function of the design vs. what merely looks good.  The rest of the chapters walk you through every step in the design process, covering everything from irrigation to choosing plants as the author designs a fictional garden start to finish.  I found this to be infinitely more helpful than merely looking at pictures of beautiful gardens.  I am not ready to do every step in this book right now, nor could I afford too, but making a big-picture, long-range plan will guide my bite size improvements so they build to a beautiful, functional and unified finished landscape rather than a crazy quilt of beautiful plants.  Now when I see beautiful gardens and plants I can refer back to my plan and evaluate if they fit or how I can recreate something similar while still keeping the big picture in mind.

first calf

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Our first cow calved on Monday.  I waited a few days before I snuck out to take some pictures.  The momma was a bit nervous, but I figured I was safe with the wheel line between us.

Isn't she the sweetest little heifer?

This is her grumpy face.  She did not approve of my camera.

This is her cute face.

seeds for the 2013 garden

Monday, February 4, 2013

I placed two seed orders the end of January they have finally all arrived.  I ordered tomato seed from the Tomato Growers Supply since that is where I have ordered in the past and they have a great selection.

 I also tried a new-to-me company, Kitazawa Seeds for some beans, peas, and onions.  They are based out of California and specialize in Asian vegetables.

Ed Hume Seeds is another great seed company.  I like that they are local family business.  The only reason I didn't order from them this year is that I had enough seeds left over from my order last year.