Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Maple Hill Hop 98

Maple Hill Hop

Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop.
This is a hop for folks who love the outdoors.
Feel free to post about anything that's going on
in your neck of the woods,
no matter the season.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)
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Still dealing with health issues,
I am behind on my plans for the fall garden.
On the weekend, I was able to sow a few seeds for one of the veggie beds.
Broccoli and lettuce were sown,
with space left for eggplant, once I get some seed.
The bed needed a bit of cleaning up,
as I haven't been spending much time outdoors of late.

I pulled up grass, weeds, and a few stray Star Jasmine plants
that had seeded themselves here.
This used to be strictly an ornamental bed
and there are still a few things in it that will be staying, 
like the avocado tree and the beautyberry.

In the spring, beans, broccoli and eggplant had been growing, 
and when they were spent,
okra and tomatoes were put in their place.
The results were pretty underwhelming.
Most of the remaining ornamentals were relocated to other beds
that weren't designated for veggies.

The bean trellis was pulled out to make way for a larger structure.
Snap peas will be grown along the back of the bed
and a new trellis will be fashioned out of conduit and baling twine.
Hopefully, that will happen later this week.
The peas were planted in 2 rows, about 6 inches apart,
with seeds spaced every 2 inches and planted 1 inch deep.

This toothbrush was our special helper in this application.

In order to get the seeds correctly planted,
the marks on the toothbrush were used to gauge the needed depth.

The handle end was inserted into the soil up to the appropriate level,
and the peas added.
We love repurposing everyday items.

Slowly, things are getting cleaned up and planted.
It's a great lesson in being mindful
and remembering to appreciate every moment.
The evenings are noticeably cooler.
What a relief.

What's happening outside where you are?
Let's HOP!


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