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Sunday, May. 08, 2005 - 3:44 a.m.

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Potatoes in a Pot and Flowers for Eeyore

OK, yes I am fascinatingly wasting my time tonight googling gardening stuff!! hehe.

The first find is Flowers4eeyore. Now how could ANYONE resist Flowers for Eeyore? ANYONE??? I dare you to even try!!!! This one seems to be an ode to the dandelion.

I approve. hehe. I keep dandelions in my yard, I just deadhead the flowers when they wilt. They don't expand to cover everything, AND the plants get more robust with more flowers every year. yay!!

I was googling potato plants... I think I shall try planting potatoes in a trash bin this year. I wonder how you make a backyard trash bin look um, like anything other than a backyard trashbin. Anyone have any good ideas???

And I really am thinking I could adopt a kid. Though where to get $18,000 cdn?? I really don't know. I may manage to get out of the hole by the end of August, but arriving at ZERO vs MINUS $13,000 is not the same as having savings. I have savings, in RRSPs but I am not so sure I can take them out to get a child. Though maybe you can for your first child. They let me take out up to $20,000 for my first house. And one would think that a first child is just as important as a first house!

My friends who adopted from China are a couple and it cost them $18,000 and that included the trip to China for a week. I think I should get at least $4000 off for having only one person on the trip to China instead of two, don't you think? I shall look into it.

Well, I am feeling spiffily productive, as I mentioned in my other, very quizzola, entry tonight. (Do read it, eh?!). I FINALLY got the backyard fixed up. End of the angry at the father debacle. AAGH!

If you remember, I waited for TWO YEARS to get the back fence fixed, and was hoping, while it was down, to slice off the back three or so inches of dirt (which the previous owners nicely had trucked in and made my whole backyard a raised gardening bed... minus the wood to hold it up, expecting that the fencing HAH!! would do the job). I was HOPING to use a nice square spade to cut off the dirt along the fence from the backalley side, put up a nice long 9" board, and put in stakes to keep it from pushing the fence down and making it rot, which is why the poor thing was all wormeaten and leaning like the tower of piza in the first place.

AHHHH but my father thought that taking off the final non-removed for repair 6 feet of fence would be MORE WORK for HIM. Now flying him in from Vancouver on my wallet to work for me, we wouldn't want THAT would we. So he put the fence back up, and it has been sitting there waiting for me to get on my hands and knees and try to dig out the dirt in the three inches I want to remove along the fence.

I finally did it. Put pieces of brick around all the sprouting hostas so I wouldn't break off all the sprouts as I kneeled amongs them, chopped along a nice taut string with my brandnew flat spade, and used my little gloved fingies to dig out all the dirt along the back 25feet. What an effin pain. It of course keeps sliding down into the hole. But I eventually got it all, stuck my boards along the crack, and sledged in 20inch pieces of rebar (concrete reinforcement steel rod) on the outside of the boards, into the underlying gravel and fill to keep the boards from being pushed over by the dirt. Filled in the gaps on the lawn-side, cleaned out all the stray dirt stuck in the fence boards (they alternate instead of matching up so the dirt goes between them), shoveled all the dirt my father left in the back alley, and swept the alley.

Now there is a nice clean board edge to my backyard (yes yes it will rot itself in 6 years, but I'll replace it, OR hopefully dig out the whole backyard with a backhoe and put in real, ground-level dirt). And there is a nice 1-2 inch airspace between the poor beleagered newly repaired wood fence and the wood holding the dirt in. YAY!!!

I am so happy about it! Finally, after TWO YEARS! yay!!

So I didn't go to the gym, as it seemed enough exercise, all that digging and shoveling and hammering and all.

And now I am feeling spiffy and productive about the yard instead of overwhelmed by it. Thus the potatoes in a pot idea. And I want to fix up the back little patio I built but moved last year to put in ivy vines. And plant more climbing plants on the trellis the neighbor gave me.


OK, I really AM going to try to get a wee bit more work done.
I took photos of the before and after of the backyard reno so I'll show ya. Lalala!
Gotta find seed potatoes now! trallalalaaa!!

nite nite folks!
And remember to call your mothers, especially if, like me, you totally didn't remember til Wednesday that it was mothers' day coming up and thus didn't send any wonderful prezzies in the mail. Dang!

I called mine. YAY!

ps, other find of the day is this site on French herb concoctions to make all your gardening woes all better!!

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