Sunday, March 23, 2008

Time Flies!

I can't believe spring is here. Now all we need is some consistantly springy weather. I shouldn't complain, though; there have been some lovely days and the weather is gradually geting warmer.

Things are slowly progressing in the house - the soygel works slowly but is really melting the paint off the fireplace brick. (note to self: take pictures) I tried some on my lower front windows and it peeled the ugly stuff right off. I am coming ot the realization, however, that no matter what one uses to strip paint the stripping part is tedious and nasty. Ah well, a little at a time. The great thing about the soygel is that is does not make me feel sick.

A friend who has a silent paint remover has offered to give me a demo when she starts stripping the paint from her porch. Even my beloved soygel drips more than I would like and it'll be interesting to see a painstripper that uses heat and not goo. The horrible heat gun I had a few years ago doesn't count. :P

The garden has been laid out and folks have started planting. The best part? I didn't have to do any of it. :) I did buy some herb seeds and I'm going to plant them in the front beds against the porch but it's going ot be small and manageable. (she says with great conviction) The heavy duty gardening will be left to the community gardeners. (note to self: take pictures)

There were some concerns over my Black Walnut tree and its poisonous to veggies nature but I found some websites that have lists of plants that will co-exist nicely with Black Walnut trees. Trees=bliss.

Here are some links with info about Black Walnut trees:

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1148.html

http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/nursery/430-021/430-021.html

http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/hortcult/fruits/blkwalnt.htm

http://www.walnutcouncil.org/botanical_description.htm

http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/BlackWalnut.html

http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/BlackWalnut.html

http://walnutsweb.com/

Ain't Google grand?

4 comments:

Jenni said...

My grandmother has had a black walnut tree in her back yard for years. Actually the black walnut tree has been there much longer than my grandmother, who has lived there 65 years.

Skymosher said...

I'm really psyched to start harvesting the walnuts. I'm not quite as psyched about breaking them open. :)

Jenni said...

Just checking in I haven't heard from you in a while.

Kate H. said...

How are you doing? Hope your silence means you've just been too busy to report.