Yesterday I had a wonderful time potting plants and sinking my fingers into the dirt. As a child I remember that I loved to play in the dirt.
I would dig and dig with a stick and wonder if you really could dig to China. Of course that was just something people said. But kids often take things literally.
At one point during my happy planting I could not take the guy’s loud music behind me any longer. What is wrong with people? Don’t they care that they could be bothering someone else?
So, teeth gritted, I walked all the way around to his door and asked if he’d please either close his windows or turn down his music. He just stared at me.
There was an unsettling few seconds when no one spoke. I told him I could not relax on my patio with the music so loud. He never said a thing, so I said thank you and left. He did turn it down though.
Then a few minutes later I let Charlie out and he barked one time. I know the guy was on his own patio with just the fence between us. I told Charlie he would have to go back in, that he was not allowed to bark.
And so I put him inside. I wanted the guy to understand that I cared about being a bother to my neighbors.
Some of you may remember years ago when he called security on me at 3 a.m. saying my dogs were keeping him awake. Which of course was not true, as they were sleeping with me. And I would never allow something like that.
He bothered me for a week or so, coming to my door and having me listen to his phone where he’d taped dogs barking and swore they were mine. He never believed me until a neighbor apparently explained that it was the big dogs in front of him barking, not behind him.
And we haven’t spoken since. Until I went to his door to complain about his music.
So I suppose it was really bad if it was my dogs making noise, which they weren’t, but just fine to blast my eardrums with his music.
And why on earth do people think music sounds better turned up to ear splitting decibels? You can’t even make out the words at that volume.
Someone asked to see more of the patio, and I’m trying to do that today. I’m not quite finished. It rained and is overcast. The sun hasn’t come out yet today so the the photos are a little dark.
Is a gardener ever finished? But I’m pleased with all I got done yesterday.
At one point I took Charlie and went to Kendra’s so she could drill holes in the galvanized container below. I tried to drill holes in it, but only managed one small one. Her bits were bigger and achieved the results I needed.
She was working in her yard planting and spreading mulch so I sat outside and watched her for a bit.
Charlie ran around the yard with her two much younger chihuahuas. He seemed to have a good time and I was amazed how much he could keep up with her two. I might have to take him to her yard to run in the grass more often.
As you can see I added marigolds to the tomato pot. Marigolds and tomatoes are good garden buddies with similar growing conditions.
Also research has indicated that planting marigolds between tomatoes protects the tomato plants from root-knot nematodes in the soil.
I planted a perennial in each of the big galvanized tubs. It’s good to mix perennials in with your annuals to build up your garden spaces over the years. Then there’s less to fill in.
Annuals will give you the quick blooms and color you desire. And the perennials will delight you for years to come.
I had to dig out most of the lemon balm and sedum in order to get to the soil. Not wanting to waste any of it, I put what I took out behind my wicker settee. I’m trying to build up an area of soil and plants back there so when I’m watering it doesn’t automatically flow down through my neighbor’s patios.
My next door neighbor never does a thing on her patio. Neither does the woman next to her. And the woman on the end just puts her house plants out there from what I can tell. And of course my patio is built to have the water run down to the end and flow out.
Okay, I’ve probably worn you out with garden photos today. Of course you’ll be seeing them all summer.
Have you been able to get out in your yard or patio or balcony and dig in the dirt yet?