There's over a foot of snow on the ground here at Rock Father HQ right now, yet here we are with the first post on The Rock Father Gardening Blog for 2013. Oh, how I've missed gardening... and it's been five months since this section received an update. I didn't get to blog about Gardening as much as I wanted to last year, since having a newborn (June) was the obvious focus. This year, I'll be able to have both girls in the Garden with me, and as we're thinking spring, so are the folks at Home Depot and The Scotts Company, who are launching a bi-weekly webseries called GARDENIERES.
It's been a weird year for gardening, and with Fall finally upon us, I wish we had a bit more to harvest. One of our apparent successes this year is technically still a work-in-progress, but I wanted to highlight it here on The Rock Father Gardening Blog: Pumpkin on a Stick. For the past two seasons, Addie and I have purchased a variety of "fun" seed packets from a local greenhouse (which sadly closed this past July after around 30 years of business), mostly gourds and a few other oddities from a company called Livingston Seed.
It's still hot outside. Not as bad as when I posted my last update from The Rock Father Garden, but it's still hitting 90 on a daily basis... and it's still dry. We've finally had some rain, but it's been in monsoon quantities for some very short periods of time. Too much, too fast - not right to make a dent in the incredibly dry earth - cracks in which can be seen running through our once green backyard. Sure, the green is returning, but man is that lawn scorched. We've kept the veggie garden watered, though it's still been tough.
It's hot outside. In fact, it's 96 as I type this, and the little one is having some time with Mommy and new baby sister as I work. We came back in from some watering a little while ago, so I figured it was time for an update on The Rock Father Garden. It's been a war out there, folks. We've had casualties. We've also had some wins.
Last Fall, one of the most popular posts on the Mach 1 version of The Rock Father (since reposted here) was a Garden Project transforming two antique washtubs that belonged to the little one's Great Grandparents. For the summer of 2012, those washtubs have kept their position as planters, but with a different flowering assortment. Here's a look at what we did on planting day, May 14th, and a look at what they look like on June 10.
It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted an update on our Gardening Adventures here at Rock Father HQ, and the reason is simple: We've been busy! The weather has finally cracked (though it's dreary today) so the veggies are in the ground. We've also done some flower gardening (more on that later), but let's take a quick look at what we've planted for 2012 on the edible front...
I need to lower my expectations for everything. As depressing as that may sound, it's true. We've been having bad luck when it comes to cool-sounding events being 'as-advertised' when we actually get there. The May Kid's Workshop at Home Depot? No exception. On a National Scale, I think this is a great program with great partners - but my local store was lacking in execution. Allow me to explain...
If you've been waiting for a chance to get your little ones into the gardening spirit, this weekend is the perfect time to do so. On Saturday May 5, 2012 - All Home Depot stores will present a FREE Kids Workshop sponsored by Bonnie Plants and Growums. As you might already know, The Rock Father is a big fan of those folks, and applauds their efforts to get kids outside and into the garden. From 9am-12pm, your little ones can make their own FREE planter box, and receive a FREE Bonnie Plants/Growums vegetable or herb! Check out the video below that details this Saturday's festivities, and the Growums program.
If the crazy weather wasn't enough to make you nuts this year, maybe you're like me and the Great Dandelion Explosion of 2012 has done the job just fine. Sure, Dandelions can be useful, edible, and they've been known to help out other plants from time to time, but in what's supposed to be a beautiful, flowing sea of green lawn - they're not welcome.
I posted a picture on Facebook earlier this week but figured it was time to share it with the rest of the world (those that haven't liked my page yet). I figure this is also a good time to tell a story or two.
This past Tuesday (4/24), in-between rocking that new PRONG record that came out, the little one and I took advantage of the sunny weather to do an afternoon project. Having spent a considerable amount of time working on the backyard over the past two years since we bought this house, I've made it a point to focus efforts on the neglected parts of the property this year, particularly the side yards. So, it was time for a minor overhaul.
Earlier this month, I posted a quick news item about STORY LAURIE, and some free tracks that were made available for download from her new GROOVIN' IN THE GARDEN album. After running that item, Laurie McIntosh got in touch and we exchanged some emails... and then a package arrived here last Friday. Inside that package was a CD, a nice note, and a packet of special seeds.