"Steph, you have to see what the neighbors are getting rid of." Joe yelled from the door. "It looks like a greenhouse!"
Louisiana might not offer much by way of traditional recycling, but the "reuse it" system down here is something else. Every weekend people put their bulky stuff that's no longer wanted/needed on the curb and by Sunday evening a whole lot of it is gone. People drive their cars around and pick up other folks "garbage". We've gotten a lot of good stuff this way. A bike, patio chairs, an old wooden box and gardening pots.
But a greenhouse? So I wandered outside to find my husband in the driveway. He points to his treasure. I tell him it's a curio cabinet. "A what?" he says to me. It's like a display for knick knacks, I tell him. He found this amusing and we walked over to look at it. Laid on it's side, the hinged glass door opened like a toybox of sorts.
"It would make a perfect little greenhouse, you could grow lettuce in it all winter," Joe said to me.
And so the two of us hoisted it up and carried it across the street. It needs some holes drilled for drainage & ventilation and he is going to attach a larger pull to open and close it.... but it really does make a darn good little greenhouse. My pepper seedlings are totally digging their new house.
Everything in our suburban garden is going well. We've been getting a few organic strawberries each day. Big juicy sweet ones eaten straight out of the garden.
The tomato seedlings are officially into plant status at nearly 8 inches tall and thankfully my extras will be heading to homeschool co-op on Friday to friends. Sliding glass door greenhouse & fish emulsion are certainly responsible for their healthy stature. I have never had such good luck!
And the basil, oh how I do love the basil. It tolerates the heat & humidity down here and makes me smile and swoon all summer long with it's tasty leaves and intoxicating aroma.....
The heirloom tomatoes I purchased have also grown and green tomatoes are making my mouth water and have me checking them every day for the slightest hint of red peeking through...... not yet.... but there will surely be a celebration of sorts for the first ripe tomato from the garden.
Thanks to Joe, who climbed on the roof of the garage to get this shot, you can see my whole garden. It's definitely taking over the driveway...... but we love it. I spent all day rearranging things and planting tomatoes on Sunday while Joe built more boxes to house my plants. We're getting pretty close to running out of room......
Anyone else enjoying their gardening?