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Is It Too Early To Start Chanting...SPRING..SPRING..SPRING!?

I really wanted to do this blog in yellow, but, I was worried about making the folks who took the time to read it go blind. I can't help it...anything I can do to influence the coming of Spring!! Since my last blog, we have gone through a lot of changes in the way we live our life. For those who aren't familiar with us, we were hauling the big Windmill Blades for the towers that are springing up all across the country. We did that for nearly 4 years and the time finally came that we had to make a decision. And through that decision, we made a form of career change. We decided that because of all the unnecessary stress and drama involved, we were going to stop hauling the Blades. It caused a lot of tears when we left our little "fleet family", but, it was a choice we had to make, both emotionally and financially. Now, we are back to hauling general freight, making more money than we were on Blades, and have a whole heck of a lot more freedom. In the nearly 4 years hauling Blades, we missed every holiday. This year, we took 20 days off in October, 3 days for Thanksgiving in Vancouver Washington with my old folks, and a week off at home, in Texas, for Christmas. WOW! That's more time off than we have had in 8 years! And the stress level is way more manageable.

Now, at the end of March, beginning of April, I will be coming off the Truck for the first time in almost 5 years. I will be at home getting the necessary things done that have been rather neglected.... and the best part is my ubber sweet and wonderful Hubby is building me 4 large garden boxes. So, I will be staying at the house until after harvest so that we can put up the rewards of our garden. I know that some folks are already getting their starts going and pampering their indoor seedlings, but, I am not too worried about getting a late start as we have such a long growing season in East Texas. My Hubby will get it set up with our Dispatcher so that he will be home every couple of weeks. In the 8 years that we have together, this is the longest period of time that we will be apart. We both will go a bit crazier as we rely on each other so much in everything that we do. I am nervous, scared, and excited all at the same time. This will be my first garden grown in Texas and I am very eager to get it going. I can almost see my little sprouts popping up out of their dirt beds as I type. I believe that my biggest problems are going to be 1) Keeping the stray cats out of my boxes, and, 2) Keeping the pesky fireants out of my boxes. I have a remedy for that cats that I will try... putting forks tines up throughout the rows. I have heard that it works quite well and once they realize how uncomfortable it is to use my boxes to potty in, they just decide to stay out of them. The fireants, however, present a more difficult problem. I am concerned that anything I use to fight them will taint my dirt and therefore taint our veggies.  So, for my readers, if you have any ideas on how to keep the fireants from turning our garden boxes into their idea of a perfect home, I am all ears!!!

Until next time.... come on Spring!!!

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Comment by Cornelia on January 25, 2012 at 2:06pm

Exciting new chapter for you, Christene! You'll have to get your "land legs" after living on wheels for so long! :) I've heard some people have had luck putting down thorny branches, like blackberry or raspberry, in veggie beds to keep the cats away. For fire ants...hmmm... Let's put it out to the Facebook page and see what people say.

Comment by Julie Clark on January 25, 2012 at 2:23pm

Would diatomaceous earth work on fire ants?

Comment by Christene Graham on January 26, 2012 at 11:20am

I don't know what diatomaceous is...  My Hubby seems to think that we should treat the bottom of the garden boxes before we fill... it's going to be like this... weed barrier, fire-ant stuff, chicken wire, rock, weed barrier, then start laying our dirt and compost mix. So, the fir-ant killer (whatever it may be) will be below everything including the growing medium. I am concerned about the fire-ant killer leeching into the soil therefore tainting our veggies.  The ants will be coming in from the bottom so I figure putting the ant killer at the bottom will keep them out of the boxes. Oh....and another helpful hint I would like to pass on to others.... if you have problems with slugs getting into your garden, two things to do... 1) Put gravel (NOT round rock or pebbles) around your garden area. The sharp edges of the rocks cut the undersides of the slugs. 2) Copper wire (Or anything copper) around your garden boxes will keep them out if them make it thru the rocks. The copper short circuits their body's system killing them dead with no chemical use. Works really well. My folks haven't had any slugs in their garden boxes for years since they started using these 2 methods together.

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