Saturday, November 19, 2011

Coffee County Master Gardener Class 2011

My Master Gardener Class wrapped up a few weeks ago. I enjoyed the intensive 12-week course immensely and made a few friends along the way. In addition to the 50-hours of class time, Interns are required to accumulate 50 volunteer hours over the next 12-months before we receive our certification. I'm halfway there and still enjoying every minute.

Master Gardener Humor

Top 10 Ways that your neighbors know that you are a Master Gardener:

10. You have the Horticultural Hotline number on your speed-dial.
9. When attending your children's soccer game, you check for crabgrass.
8. You'd turn down a job transfer to a city with a shorter growing season.
7. You know the precise botanical name of every plant in your yard, but have difficulty remembering the names of your spouse and children.
6. You buy beer for slugs.
5. Your children's hair has been clipped into topiary forms.
4. At parties, you've been overheard discussing the pros and cons of sterilizing garden soil in your oven.
3. You enjoy receiving a load of well-rotted manure for a special occasion.
2. Your bumper sticker reads: "I brake for worms," "I'd rather be weeding," or "Have you hugged your cactus today?"
1. You're disappointed to learn that you can't order vegetable seeds from L. L. Bean.

Number 3 is especially funny, because I was over the moon when a friend of mine gave me a 5-gallon bucket of worm casings. My husband however couldn't be less interested when I called him at work to share my good news.

Yo-Yo Weather Side Effects

The recent yo-yo weather has my plants confused. My blackberries and forsythia, which long went dormant, are putting out green, leafy growth. On the other hand, my warm-loving bell peppers and parsley are still going strong. Crazy!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Raised Beds In!

This was a busy weekend for us. The raised beds are in and looking fantastic! The DH did a great job and even included attachements to convert them to mini greenhouses when necessary.

The plan was adapted from the following site: