Monday, April 15, 2013

Scrappy Little Garden

My first gardening experiment took place when I was 10 years old.  I planted a cantaloupe seed in a small pot and sat it on our back patio.  It eventually sprouted, grew a vine, bloomed into a pretty flower, and finally, an adorable little cantaloupe began to grow. I was ecstatic! THEN ONE DAY, MY DACHSHUND ATE IT. Yeah sorry, no happy ending there. I was absolutely crushed, and pretty pissed at my dog (a hairy little jerk who later bit me in the face, but that's another story altogether).

Anyways, that little gardening adventure planted a seed (see what I did there?)- a love of gardening that would stay with me for years to come.  Now that I'm all grown up with my own little family, I've made it a thing to plant a small container garden every year.  In the past few years, I've only managed to grow some herbs (basil, parsley, and oregano), two lonely sugar snap pea pods, and one miniature carrot- no joke. Apparently, this is what happens when your containers are too small.



my lone carrot, next to a clothespin for size reference
Bummer, dude.  However, I am nothing if not stubborn and determined, so I've planted my little mish mash garden again this year, with high hopes.  Please excuse the travesty that is my backyard, we haven't mowed yet.  Probably should get on that.

Tomatoes and carrots (in the big pot), potatoes, celery, green leaf lettuce, strawberries and blueberries, basil and parsley, spinach, chives, cucumbers, and watermelon.  I tried to keep the stuff that needs more room in the bigger pots (ahem, I'm looking directly at you, carrots).  The celery, potatoes, chives, and lettuce are grown from kitchen scraps- pretty neat!  I'll write more about that later.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Aurora BORE(alis)

Last night was predicted to be prime viewing for auroras in our area, so I loaded the littles into the SUV and headed out to a remote field alongside a country road just before dark.  In spite of lots of anticipation and excitement, we didn't see any auroras in our area.  Bummer!  I did get a few neat photos of the night sky- not the sharpest images ever since I shot them through the sunroof (I was too chicken to get out of the truck in the inky darkness- sorry Jason Voorhees, I've seen way too many horror movies that start off that way) but still kind of neat.  You can see Orion in the upper left corner (shameful confession: I def thought that was the big dipper until a friend told me otherwise... guess it's time to brush up on my astronomy, eh?) and a crescent moon visible through the trees.

While we didn't see any dazzling northern lights, the kids and I still had fun stargazing!