Thursday, July 8, 2010

Three Things Thursday

Yet another reason I'm anxious to get on with knee treatment...I'm running out of things to say.

1) Still walking and walking and walking and walking: 21.75 miles in the first 7 days of July. After dinner last night, I had the opportunity to walk up the hill with my son. While we were heading that way, I mentioned that I've seen a two runners recently run a bit further up to the very top and then disappear I have no idea where they go. We decided to climb up there and check it out. It's just a big sandy plateau up there. I'm still not sure why they go up there or where they go after that! It's not obvious that it connects to anything. Maybe they go down the other side and connect to another road/trail and make it a loop instead of an out and back? Oh well, at least now I've been up there.

2) I am enjoying gardening wayyyyy more than I ever expected. I'm out there every day tending to the plants, weeding, harvesting veggies, and sometimes just observing progress. I am so glad we decided to fence in an area for it when we did our landscape remodel. Before this year, I was doing container gardening which was not nearly as much fun. Pretty much everything in the garden is doing well, except for the strawberries. The strawberries have really been struggling. Over the past few days, I tore out some of the dead/dying plants and replaced them with new plants. That by itself would be the definition of insanity - doing the same thing and expecting a different result. I also attached some netting to the fence on that side of the garden to give them filtered instead of direct sun for at least part of the day. When instructions say to give plants full sunlight, they don't mean 15hrs of the intense, cloudless sky, high UV, scorching sun of the desert southwest. From my past experience with container gardening, strawberries did better in partial sun. It's worth a try anyway. If this doesn't work, I'll give up on strawberries entirely and plant something else there next year.

3) While parts of the country are struggling with insane crazy hot temps, it's actually been quite nice here. Highs this week around 85-90 and lows 60-65. The big temp swing during the day brought to us by virtue of cloudless skies and high altitude (nothing to trap the heat when the sun goes down) makes for quite pleasant mornings and evenings.

19 comments:

  1. Great job on all those walking miles!

    I was checking out some of your garden pics on FB - looking good!! I would love to grow my own veggies.

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  2. I love gardening. Our entire front/side yard is shaded by trees, so I've been slowly converting it over to a shade garden. It's a ton of work, but I enjoy it. Good luck with yours. I'd love to see the pics!

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  3. Keep moving! I have a wee container garden right now. We'll see how it does.

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  4. Nice job with all the walking girl! I wish I new more about gardening and I would be doing it all the time..

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  5. Holy moly I honestly don't think I could walk that much! WTG!
    You're doing so great focusing on other things--I love gardening but don't do nearly as much as I'd like to anymore.

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  6. I was too lazy to take the eggplant & tomatoes out of the plastic pots they came in - would that count as container gardening?

    Please say yes ;)

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  7. for not having much to say, you done good :-)

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  8. I'm very jealous of your morning and evening temps! I've never been a successful gardener, but I'm thinking of giving container gardening a try next year.

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  9. Gardening is almost meditative, I've found. Glad you are enjoying it.

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  10. i really do love walking. I'm trying to embrace it right now while running is just not possible and remember that it's pretty darn enjoyable.

    yeahh for gardening, I love it when people have amazing gardens..inspires me!

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  11. A low in the 60s would be glorious!

    My mom is a big gardener and I always hated it while I was growing up, but lately, I've been thinking how nice it would be to have a yard and have a garden. Plus, everyday that I toss coffee grounds, I think about how they would be good in a compost!

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  12. Hi Lisa,
    I love that you are still finding the time to get your walks in and stay active!

    Hearing about your garden makes me wish that we had enough room to plant one. I grew up on a farm and my mother always planted two huge gardens! Veggies just taste better when they are coming out of your own garden:) I agree with James...you should post pictures. Have a wonderful weekend Lisa!

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  13. I wish I could have a garden..I'll have to settle for flower boxes.

    Can we have some of your weather?

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  14. I told you it was addicting, glad your enjoying it

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  15. Strawberries did not do well when we lived more inland, which was more dry and sunny. Now that we're closer to the coast they are thriving. I guess they like damp, overcast air. Have you tried grapes? They grew well for us inland.

    You're putting in some great walking mileage!

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