Admittedly, a few birds did act strange…

7 Mar

Steve Guttenberg recently left a mail order nursery (as in the plants, not the babies) catalog on the kitchen counter for me because he thought I might like to look at it.  This may have been a mistake because in this catalog I saw blueberry bushes and immediately decided that we would be growing blueberry bushes in our yard this year.  They’re actually rather pretty bushes with little white flowers and they turn all firey red during the fall.  See?

Big G(uttenberg) was not thrilled with the prospect of blueberry bushes.  He said, and I quote here, “How will we protect them from the birds?”

Get Cathy and Lydia out of here!

Silly, it was just a movie.  No birds will attack our blueberry bushes.


Anywho, let’s get back to business.  It’s almost time to start our indoor seedlings.  (Is that what you call them?) Last year we grew beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce, carrots, zucchini, summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet corn. Everything did okay but we’ve elected not to repeat the sweet corn.  Our cobs were all half empty of kernels and they didn’t seem worth the space they took up in the garden.  We’re also going to forego lettuce because the stuff last year was incredibly bitter and we ended up not eating it all.  We need to start our broccoli, cauliflower, and bell peppers earlier (inside) so that they actually produce more and we need to plant our bell peppers away from our tomatoes.  This year we’re going to add radishes and possibly onions.  I’ve also been turning around the idea of growing cantaloupe as I saw seed packets at the Home Depot and maybe some late season squashes.  And, as always, we’ll grow some cilantro, basil, and maybe one other herb.  Our own little CSA.

This year, too, we finally have compost with which to supplement our nutrient sparse soil.  Stevie Wonder bought me a raised, rotating composter last year as a gift. (How romantic, no?  He knows just what I like.)  And we’ve been throwing all our vegetable and grain scraps in their all winter, along with some leaves and other browns.  Once it heats up, that thing is going to stink to high heaven but it will also turn into a splendid mulch for our vegetable garden and flower beds.  We also have a tiller this year, passed down to us from Stevie Wonder’s parents, so we can till our rather dense and clay based soil.  We had trouble last year with our carrots which only grew about 3 inches into the ground (as far down as our top soil went).  We’re hoping everything roots better this year now that we have our tiller.

I’m also hoping to add a hydrangea bush to the side of our house, some low-lying border lilies to our flower bed, a new flowering bush out front, and, if I can convince Stevie of the amazingness of this, a dwarf, weeping tree.  Some friends of ours have one and I am in LOVE with it.

That’s really all I have to say today.  I’m just getting so pumped about starting our outdoor projects that I can hardly stand to wait for the snow to melt.  Given our ten day forecast of low to mid-50s, I won’t have to wait much longer.

Anyone else starting some seeds inside or planting a garden this year?  Anyone have any ideas on how to convince Steve McQueen that those blueberry bushes are a fantastic idea? Anyone else remember this song?

3 Responses to “Admittedly, a few birds did act strange…”

  1. Kate Rossing March 7, 2012 at 8:18 PM #

    YES! I remember this song, I was trying to figure out what this had to do with anything but then I realized you were just being random…blast from the past…just sang this to my husband…he has no idea what it is haha!

  2. teambehnke March 8, 2012 at 7:22 AM #

    My favorite is the guy playing the keyboard with his sunglasses on!

    • julie March 11, 2012 at 9:26 PM #

      Happy to see you are adding blueberries to your garden. I think the birds will have a hard time trying to get to the berries before Steve will. He will eat them faster than the birds will have a chance. I too have blueberry bushes and hope they will do well this year. From one blueberry lover to another, happy planting. Hope to see you soon. How was your most recent house guest? Does Reggie miss her the most?

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