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mauvaisroux
03-01-2006, 02:01 PM
Good morning everyone! :coffee:

It's still very cold here today (-20c) but the sun is out and that is encouraging - hope spring gets here soon! :)

I was looking through some gardening magazines on the weekend and now I'm anxious to start planting. I'm going to add some arugula to my herb garden this year.


Tani
03-01-2006, 04:57 PM
Brrrrrrrrrrr!

I really want to carve out some time to garden this year. Last year was a total bust for me. I let the yard just go to jungle. :o At the very least I need to weed out my outdoor circle space and replant the lavender that got smothered. If it's not monsooning this weekend I'll make an effort to get out there.

Thanks for the inspiration :)

PhatPhoenix
03-02-2006, 07:28 AM
Hello, everyone, can I join in?

It's cold but very sunny here in the North of England! We've had snow but it's very bright too. I went running despite the ice - the thing I love about walking and running is being out in the countryside, and as I do the same circuit constantly, seeing the seasonal changes in the fields and hedgerows as I go past!

The leaf buds are now on the trees, and it was the first day of official spring here, this week, despite being so cold I had to light the fire in the morning which we never do! I'm hoping my rose bushes won't be killed by the frost as they'd already started making little leaves...

Interesting to think of us pagans gardening, the world over! We made a veggie garden out the back last year and this year DH is going to dig up some more lawn, to double the veggie garden in space. I've only got out in the garden once since January, but managed to do a lot of weeding. Now to plan what we want to plant... Last year was the first year so we cleared the ground and planted spuds to clean the soil. This year I don't want to waste any space with spuds, so thought I'd do a lot of rocket and lettuce and stuff we really eat all the time... Maybe beet and carrots, too? What kind of things do you all grow?


StargazerJMK
03-02-2006, 03:07 PM
Boy I feel really bad... temps in the 50s here during the day and the upper 30s, low 40s at night. If I could just get the weather to clear... can't see the stars if the clouds are in the way. :(

mauvaisroux
03-02-2006, 04:10 PM
Thanks Stargazer, that made me feel so much better :p. . . :lol:

Well it's a bit warmer here today and more sun - yay! :sunny:

We've only been in our house for about a year so last year we had to clean up a huge mess that the previous owners left behind in the yard. The house was okay but it was a rental unit so no one looked after the yards. I dug up so much junk, broken glass, garbage, building materials etc. at one point I wouldn't have been suprised to find body back there -in fat I did find a perfectly stripped squirrel skeleton one day - ack! Lucky I had heavy duty garden gloves on or I would have totally freaked! :fr:

I planted an herb garden in the backyard consisting of Lavender, Mint, chives, basil, oregano and some tomatoes. I would like to try out a few more things this year although I think we need to remove a lot of the soil in the raised beds and replace it with better quality stuff.

The front of the house is a brick courtyard with 3 small flowerbeds and a blossoming tree. My mum and I planted yellow day lilies in the centre of two of the beds and mixed in white daisies and black pansies in with them - they turned out really well.

The third bed had some daffodils mixed in with purple flowers and a climbing plant - this one was okay but not great - so we are going to try something that grows taller and is a little more lush in order to cover the grey concrete at the front of the house.

I am just dipping my toe in the gardening waters but I really enjoy it. It makes you feel connected to the earth and nature. I make my husband laugh because everytime I dig up a worm I apologise to it and gently put it down elsewhere in the garden - DH thinks I'm nuts but I figure the worm is not doing me any harm so why would I harm it - right? :shrug:

Diva_at_40
03-03-2006, 07:41 AM
I make my husband laugh because everytime I dig up a worm I apologise to it and gently put it down elsewhere in the garden -

This made me laugh because I go through the same thing. A few years ago, our office building was overrun with literally millions of ladybugs (which was followed by millions of flies a few weeks later... <shudder>...)... the exterminators came and I was so upset about the whole thing. When I found this lone ladybug, and I knew the exterminators were coming back that afternoon, I caught it and ran all the way downstairs from the 11th floor and across the street to release it at the park. My boss was actually angry with me for leaving my desk, but I figured hey, he'll get over it. :)

I hope you ladies are off to a great month!

PhatPhoenix
03-04-2006, 07:16 AM
Nice story about the ladybird (that's the British word for them!), Diva!

The only things I kill with no conscience are wasps - really hate them! Although even killing one of those is wrong, now I think of it! I also leave cobwebs until the spiders have gone - we have some fairly high ceilings in this house that are prone to them - I could never bear to hurt a spider!

We had snowfall last night. Haven't had proper snow for several years - must be global warming because when I was a kid in the 1960s, we used to have sledges and the snow often got deep enough for us to be snowed in for several days.

lizziness
03-04-2006, 05:35 PM
I am so jealous! I want a house with a yard so much. I am stuck in apartment living for a while longer though.
I helped a friend who does have a house pick out some plants and start some seeds, but it's going to be a while before it's warm enough to do much here. It's been beautifully clear and just freezing cold.
i am thinking of starting a little box planter for my deck to at least grow a few herbs. not quite the same but a start.

mauvaisroux
03-07-2006, 11:30 AM
lizziness - I used to grow herbs in windowboxes when I lived in an apartment - it does give you a lift when you grow something like that. It was nice to be making spaghetti sauce and just pop out to the balcony and snip of some fresh basil to add to the pot :)

Diva- that's a cute story :) I do the same with spiders - I take them outside and put them in the yard but let them be in the winter.

Pheonix- I have a wasp phobia - I actually will cross the street to avoid one if I have to.

StargazerJMK
03-07-2006, 06:54 PM
I am so jealous! I want a house with a yard so much. I am stuck in apartment living for a while longer though.
I helped a friend who does have a house pick out some plants and start some seeds, but it's going to be a while before it's warm enough to do much here. It's been beautifully clear and just freezing cold.
i am thinking of starting a little box planter for my deck to at least grow a few herbs. not quite the same but a start.

I have to say it doesn't suck... at least until the mortgage payment is due. ;)

I have about 3/4 of an acre... and have spent the last couple of years "landscaping". Rhodys all along the front, around the Giant Cedar Bonsai (It really does look like a giant bonsai with its dead section, big rock and sitting on the little knoll like it does). All manner of flowering scrubs and bushes, in every color but white. :D And just about anywhere I can put them. I even got my hands on three lace leaf maples ... cheap! :o

Boy I know around my house when spring is due... the forcythia is in bloom now, the Clematis is not far behind... I can't WAIT. I can feel it.

I'm hoping this year to be able to put in an herb garden, but I haven't decided where just yet. The one thing I'd REALLY like to do is get my hands on a Rowan Tree. I'll have to start looking around.

Mummy_Tummy
03-08-2006, 04:18 AM
Stargazer, I noticed in your profile that you breed Yorkies? *sigh* I've been looking for a breeder over here (England) but they're not so easy to find. Which can't really be right when I see so many people with Yorkies! When I first moved here, I had to leave my little guy behind because of the doggy immigration thing. He would have had to spend 6 months in quarantine and it would have killed him, poor baby. So I began to look for another right away but just couldn't find anyone with puppies. Instead, in my depression about not having a dog, I got a Cocker instead. He's really very sweet and excellent with the baby (toddler now) but I miss having a eensy little lap doggy!

It is so rainy the last few days! Which is better than the bitter cold it was last week. At least rain feels like Spring! We have lots of big plans for the garden this year. I had onl'y ever gardened for herbs and veggies but my oh-so-English-husband has introduced me to the joys of gardening for aesthetics, as well. Our garden tends to stay green all year round thanks to a milder climate, except for the wisteria on the front of the house. Eek, it looks horrible! We're training up some honeysuckle to cover an ugly wall and it has continued to grow all winter albeit slowly. I imagine once the warm hits, it'll take off like gangbusters. The passionflower has gotten it's little tendrils around everything again and needs a good trim. I mostly grow my herbs in pots dotted around the patio. I definitely need to split the lemon balm, sage and thyme into 2 pots now because they've grown so much.

Oh and we're adding a small area at the back for a pumpkin patch. Maybe patch is too grand as I'll only be growing a few plants. Still they get pretty enormous! I can't decide whether to start my tomatoes and peppers indoors at Ostara or just wait and buy seedlings. I always have way too many seedlings when I do them myself and end up giving alot of them away. Hmmmm...still, I love watching the little babies pop up through the soil and I get a village wise woman vibe from giving away the seedlings so I guess maybe I'll start 'em indoors!

I've been pouring through the seed catalogues lately the way some women look through Victoria's Secret or Chadwick!!

StargazerJMK
03-08-2006, 11:31 PM
Stargazer, I noticed in your profile that you breed Yorkies? *sigh* I've been looking for a breeder over here (England) but they're not so easy to find. Which can't really be right when I see so many people with Yorkies! When I first moved here, I had to leave my little guy behind because of the doggy immigration thing. He would have had to spend 6 months in quarantine and it would have killed him, poor baby. So I began to look for another right away but just couldn't find anyone with puppies. Instead, in my depression about not having a dog, I got a Cocker instead. He's really very sweet and excellent with the baby (toddler now) but I miss having a eensy little lap doggy!


I know that Osmillion Yorkies is over there. They are one of the top breeders in Europe. I've been kicking around the possibility of importing a dog from there if possible. But I'm not doing much breeding any more. I just had to have one of my girls spayed yesterday. That leaves me 2. I currently have more rescues than show dogs.

djadecatz
03-19-2006, 12:25 AM
Hello everyone. Sorry it's been awhile since I have visited the site. Have been doing so much overtime at work my diet has fallen off the wagon and I am needing to get refocused. I started out by doing a chakra cleansing to get all the negativity out and rebalance. speaking of dogs I got a new collie puppy with my tax return 3 weeks ago - it really make coming home from work special to have dogs who love you and greet you!

Jadecatz

PhatPhoenix
03-23-2006, 06:59 PM
Fellow dog lovers here! Brilliant!

I have a mini bull who was Crufts qualified but we have never shown her. She had one litter and then sadly, developed lens luxation, which means we can never breed from her again. We managed to get her diagnosed and then operated on by a specialist (200 miles from here!) the same day so saved some of her eyesight, although she doesn't see very well, she's not entirely blind.

Her son is a real champion and last I heard had been sold to a dog trainer in the US - he had a foul temprement, though, unlike my little mini who is a sweetheart! We also have a staffie (not show quality - nowhere near!) who is a lovely dog. As my foray into breeding was so disastrous (and it was my lifelong dream to breed dogs), we won't be doing it again but when these two go (a long time yet, hopefully), I'm going to get a dog from the staffie breed rescue. My kids were too young for us to risk a rescue a few years back, but in the future, it should be OK. We adore our bullies - I'm the third generation of my family to have them.

I walk my dogs every day and the staffie comes running/interval training with me - he's so spoilt, though, he's still overweight!

Jynical
03-26-2006, 02:30 AM
Just checking in...wanting to say Hi :)

I've been seriously SERIOUSLY slacking.
Ah well...back on track...Spring means "New Beginnings" right?
Anyway...I haven't gained anything...but I haven't lost any either. I have a dr's appt to find out why I'm going to the gym and eating well but not losing any weight (I have some other health issues that may be a good reason why)

Happy Belated Ostara. ;)
Jenn

mauvaisroux
03-27-2006, 11:52 AM
Yup! New beginnings for me too :yes: and happy belated Ostara to you too! :)

Good luck at your appointment today - hope all goes well! :crossed:

mauvaisroux
04-07-2006, 01:42 PM
Jenn - how did your appointment go? Well I hope:crossed:

Well this weekend is my spring cleaning/home blessing weekend. Saturday is supposed to be a bit warmer so I will open some windows and let the house air out. I'm also going to try out some of my homemade cleaning products as I have now used up most of the storebought cleaners I had and want to replace them with natural products.

Hope everyone is doing well this week. :D

Jynical
04-11-2006, 01:48 PM
:D So...my appt. lol Oy...

My cholesterol is high...my iron is low...I went back yesterday to get more blood drawn so that he can check more of my iron levels..

So...I've put myself on a low LDL/High HDL diet...he doesn't want to put me on statin drugs because I'm still "of childbearing years" yippee. lol

Hmm...what else...ohh...I'm going to start going to therapy again for my depression. So...I guess that's a good thing, right?

In other news...Full Moon is this week. So I'll get out of the house and have ritual with the group. Yay!

How are you doing mauvaisroux?

mauvaisroux
04-11-2006, 03:28 PM
I'm doing well :) I lost 2 lbs recently so that is encouraging. I picked up one of those deodorant crystals today as I'm trying to convert all my personal hygeine and makeup items to natural products. Hope it works :crossed: :lol: I'm looking forward to the long weekend :cb:

Sorry to hear about your cholesterol/iron problems but a least they are things that can be helped through diet :yes: and you are not being put on meds for them. Hope your therapy sessions help :hug:

Jynical
04-11-2006, 04:22 PM
I use natural products too...I can certainly tell you that they work. At least in my house they do. ;)

I've been in a "Green" house for quite awhile...and it's certainly cheaper and less toxic. :D

Anyway...best of luck!

Dante'smama
04-22-2006, 11:10 PM
So nice to see everyone!

:)

Jynical
04-23-2006, 06:42 PM
Welcome Dante's Mama. :)

And Merry Meet. :D
This is a great board. Enjoy!

Peace and blessings,
Jenn

mauvaisroux
04-24-2006, 10:50 AM
Welcome Dante' mama! :wave:

Had a quiet weekend, mostly stayed in and watched movies as it was cold and rainy out and it looks to be that way for the next few days.

I've started planning out what I want to do with the garden this summer - I'm going for a Celtic theme in the front yard and a Zen theme in the back.

Tani
04-24-2006, 12:47 PM
Welcome Dante' mama :D

We were blessed with perfect weather over the weekend. The first really nice weekend of the year, it was blissful. I got some work done in the yard and discovered a junko nest while I was mowing! Luckily, I didn't quite manage to weed wack the mama bird and she returned to her eggs after I left off working on that side of the yard. Phew!!

I'm almost finished with the body of my sister's sweater. I love the the yarn I'm using, it has such a great drape (it's an alpaca/tencel blend) I should be done with it in a couple weeks at this rate. That should give her some time to wear it before it get's too warm and/or she gets too huge. ;) Hehehehe, at this point I should say that she's currently 4 months pregnant, for those coming in late, so I don't sound like a complete ogre! :lol:

Mummy_Tummy
04-25-2006, 08:04 AM
We've been incredibly lazy about the garden for the last 2 years so we are really paying for it now! I spent all last week digging up beds and pulling out mass weeds, grass roots and overgrown plants. I had never really done the grunt work in the garden before, just sailed in after the beds were ready and planted. You know, the fun part. But I'll tell you what, it was really liberating to be out there sweating and working and putting my all into it. I'm extremely proud of myself for the hard work I've done out there. It was very empowering to know I didn't have to wait around for my husband to do it for me.

I was just outside planting up around my Aphrodite statue. She sort of resides in a half-moon bed. I planted lots of red carnations behind Her and to the sides. At Her feet are 2 gorgeous pink azalea bushes and all around the border are these pretty little pink white and red bellis flowers. Now I just need to find some low-growing pretty flowers to fill in the bigger part of the crescent in front of Aph.

I have 1 pumpkin seedling as of this morning. I planted 9 so the others should be making an appearance soon. The pennyroyal seedlings are popping up as well as some sunflowers I planted a few weeks ago. All of my established container herbs are looking great except for the rosemary and sage. I think I need to get some new plants. These are pretty old and looking a bit leggy. I am finding lemon balm everywhere! It's one of my very favorite herbs but man, is it a pain to keep under control! I have it in a big pot and it's propogating across the length of the entire garden! Smells gorgeous though.

*yawn* I've got to go out and get the sugar snap peas and the runner beans in the ground. I'll be tomatoes peppers and chilies this weekend. I am so completely about gardening these days! My son laughed at me for reading garden manuals in my spare time, hehe.

But then, that's the life of a Kitchen Witch, eh?:D

Tani
04-25-2006, 12:26 PM
I hear you on the lemon balm, mine crossed with my spearmint and I now have lemony scented mint plants *everywhere* :lol:

MtaTJac
04-26-2006, 12:22 AM
Hi there! Hope you all don't mind that I join you!

I don't know that I would call myself a Pagan, but I've always been drawn to the Pagan spirituality. I'm a forever wanderer I suppose... a little bit of this, a little bit of that! :lol:

But I am on a weight loss journey and loving this website!

mauvaisroux
04-28-2006, 10:32 AM
Welcome! :wave:

tori99999
05-03-2006, 05:44 PM
Hello there everyone. I have been following along this board for a month or so... I had seen the Beltane Challenge but was too nervous to put myself out there and fail miserably right off the bat. I am using fitday.com to track everything that I eat and have been at least more consciensious (sp) about getting a bit more activity in my daily life. So, I started dieting April 1st and as of today I have lost a total of 16 lbs! :D I am so proud of myself. I hope I can keep it up over the long-haul. We have a great festival (Heartland Pagan Festival) coming up in a few weeks and I am excited as I can be to be going this year. We also have "Laid-Back Labor day" which is just a multi-day excuse to party beyond memory! Giggle. That is my goal time, to have lost 50 lbs by then. Any pagan-hippie chickies (or guys) in the Kansas City area?

djadecatz
05-11-2006, 12:52 AM
I signed up for a Wiccan teaching site called Sacred Mist since with my working 2nd shift I can not get training to get any further. Is anyone else familiar with them? I have to admit I miss the being around live people. amazing what the internet can accomplish is it not?

Jade Catz

lady hawke
05-12-2006, 07:41 AM
Hello Ladies :wave: Its been a while since I've posted - had trouble with moving around the site :dizzy: I've been off the wagon and trying to get back on. I haven't given up yet! So thats a good thing.
Spring has finally sprung here, we have cute baby lambs all over the valley and flowers coming up - nice after a long winter!
Hope everyone is doing well :hug:

mauvaisroux
05-29-2006, 10:58 AM
hello - hope everyone is doing well! :)

I finally got off my keister and dug up some of the garden on the weekend. It's been the first completely dry weekend we've had for ages so I took full advantage.

Went shopping for some plants on Saturday and planted my herb garden on Sunday. I can't wait for it to start growing. I planted a few tomato plants, basil, thyme, chives, parsley, cilantro and peppermint. :D

I'm hoping that the predicted rain will hold off until tomorrow so I can get the plants put in at the front of the house. We've put up some lovely hanging baskets so it is looking a bit better but the flower beds are a little sparse.