2006 C1D40: Garden Mania

After a six weeks of near-neglect, my birthday veggie garden has exploded to life. I spent several hours on Saturday and Sunday this weekend puttering around outside harvesting my first batch of radishes, replanting squares, staking climbing plants, transplanting some peppers and tomatoes, taking lots of pictures of green stuff, and getting my first minor sunburn of 2006.

Note to self–wear bikini top and plenty of sunscreen next time gardening fancy strikes to avoid unsightly tank top tan lines on my back, neck, and shoulders. :crazy:

Actually seeing something growing in that formerly barren patch of dirt got me fired up enough to finally planting some non-edible seeds around the yard. I pulled out the big shovel and dug up flower beds along the wall behind the vegetable garden and planted nasturtium, marigold, and moonflower seeds. I wasn’t quite motivated enough to prepare the strawberry patch location (currently covered in black netting and topped with a ton of old mulch) or plant the two thornless blackberry bareroot plants I just received from Jung Seed, but I did start 60 new seeds, mostly herbs and flowers I don’t already have going, in my bio-dome thingie from Park and recorded everything in an Excel spreadsheet that I set up to calculate expected germination date and other nifty little numbers about which my fitness blog readers probably couldn’t care less.

I also made a new version of my Excel seed starting chart that more closely resembles the revised Seed Starting Plan pdf chart designed by Gayla Trail, author of the very cool gardening book You Grow Girl and head garden chick at YouGrowGirl.com.

You can check out what’s going on in my work-in-progress square-foot vegetable gardening experiment here: http://maggiewang.com/photos/Spring2006

3/19 Report
(*Diet and workout details omitted by agreement with trainer)

Meals – On plan
Water – 16 cups
Supplements – On plan

Regular (Non-Plan) Daily Supplements – multivitamin with iron, calcium 600 + D

39 days down, 45 more to go!

Weights – Legs – Done
Cardio – Rest

The Awful Truth:
1. Got sunburned working in the garden because I neglected to put on sunblock. :ouch:

Brownie Points:
1. Transplant two tomato vines and plant Swiss Chard.
2. Sewed a new workout shirt from pieces of unwearable old t-shirts.

Short-term Goals:
1. Work on paper doll sketches.
2. Sew Issey Miyake dress.
3. Upgrade WordPress to 2.0.
4. Finish taxes.
5. Create new logo for PDB shirts.

3 thoughts on “2006 C1D40: Garden Mania

  1. Hi Maggie. I’ve been a long time lurker of your site, and I have gained so much valuable information from you and I’m forever grateful!
    I’ve become interested in fitness only within the past 6 months while trying to lose unwanted leftover baby weight. I’ve lost 30 lbs in the past 6 months (155-125) and now I’m interested in gaining some muscle and not just “being thin”. I’ve done Power90 by Beachbody and am now doing the Masters Series….I’m enjoying it, but also want some help on the eating side. I eat clean MOST of the time, but I’m not sure if I’m doing it right.
    I noticed you were doing Body by O now and I went to his site to get some information. Do you do it all on the phone and computer with him, or do you meet with him? I’m in Destin, Florida and just wondering how it would work. Thank you so much for any information you may have for me as I value your opinion.

  2. Oooooh! Homegrown veggies! If my grandfather was still alive, he probably would have shown great intetest in your Excel spreadsheet for gardening. He kept written documents of EVERYTHING he did to the yard, typed up, from 1947 to around 1987 or so… Have you tried nasturtiums yet? They taste like radishes:smile:

  3. Dana–Hi! I work exclusively through phone and emails with Kim since I’m in Orlando. Clients who live in the So Cal area actually meet with him in person for their bi-weekly check-ins.

    Irene–I just planted about a dozen or so nasturtium seeds this weekend. It’s nifty that they are edible AND grow in poor, dry soil. They should love the sandy Florida dirt and sweltering heat in my yard, heh. I also started a few other edible flowers–signet type marigolds and Johnny jump up violas.

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