Messy Jessy

enjoying the beautiful mess that is life

July 1, 2012

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Little by little, inch by inch
We built a yard with a garden in the middle of it
And it ain’t much, but it’s a start
You got me swaying right along to the song in your heart

– “A Face to Call Home” – John Mayer


My Little Garden (Week 12?) June 5, 2012

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I’ve not done a stellar job lately in updating my blog with weekly pictures of my backyard garden’s process. My dad visited over Memorial weekend and gave me compliments on how good everything looked. I tried not to be offended when he told me he was just surprised that everything was still alive – ha! My dad knows me well and my normal lack of a green-thumb. I may have forgotten to take and post pictures of the garden – but I haven’t forgotten to water it.


Things are really progressing nicely. Last week I “harvested” my broccoli. I’m not sure next year if I’ll plant that again. It takes up a lot of space in my bed and is ready all at the same time. I like broccoli but to eat four heads in a short window is a lot!  I replaced the broccoli with a cucumber plant and two tomato plants. I’m really excited about the German Johnson variety I planted. I was chatting garden talk with my uncle this past weekend. He said last year, he was able to make ELEVEN BLTs from just ONE tomato! I love the old, heirloom style tomatoes!
I also relocated my strawberries to a planter on the patio. The rabbits kept eating my berries, so hopefully in just a week or so I’ll be able to finally enjoy some!



This past weekend I picked my first squash, zucchini, and cherry tomato. I’m seeing grilled veggie shish kabobs in my near future (this weekend!)


Easy like Sunday Morning June 4, 2012

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This past weekend was nothing short of glorious! The weather was incredible! The high for Saturday was Seventy Seven freakin’ degrees – on JUNE 2nd!!!

I had to take this quick pic to rub in the contrast of life in the Queen City versus life for my friends living in the armpit of Texas. I’m not giving up on a few close friends moving here! : )

I blogged about our amazing time on Saturday night at the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival.

Since the weather was so incredible, we tried to spend as much time as possible outside enjoying the cooler than normal temperatures.

Sunday after lunch JT told me, “Whatever work you wanted to do inside the house today, consider it cancelled – we’re going fishing!”  When my dad was in town last weekend he left me a rod and reel. JT bought his fishing license a few weeks ago, so we were off to get my license and some worms for a relaxing Sunday afternoon spent fishing. As we cruised by the outside of the lawn and garden section, I realized all of their trees were marked down to crazy, clearance prices. JT knew what this meant – our day of relaxing and fishing had just been replaced with digging holes and planting trees! We did end up getting my fishing license and some worms — but also 5 new trees. I’d been wanting to plant trees along my neighbor’s huge, white wall fence. I got a steal of deal with over $1o0 worth of trees for only $35!

Wondering how we got 5 trees to our house without a truck or SUV? Here’s how! Back seat laid down and not much room to spare in the Altima and two trips!

I bought 2 larger Cleveland Pear trees to plant closest to our house. I bought one of each Bradford Pear, Cleveland Pear, and Willow Oak along the slope in our backyard.  I was dreading digging in the red clay, but due to the recent rain, it was much softer than normal.  JT and I were both pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to get the holes dug and trees planted. We read after we planted (because this is how we roll!), that the trees at full maturity can grow 20-30 feet wide, which may be a problem since they’re only spaced two fence sections apart (approximately 12 feet). I guess we’ll let the future owners 20 years from now tackle that problem!

The finished results!

We did make it down to our neighborhood fishing pond around 7 pm last night.

We quickly decided that our “stocked” fishing pond must have been stocked with turtles, not  fish. The only catch of the day was made by JT and was a turtle. It  was a challenge to get the hook off of his back leg, but he was a happy guy finally free and back in the water.


This past weekend was very relaxing and quite enjoyable!

How was your weekend?



Plant Babies – Week 4 April 15, 2012

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This past week, we had two nights right around 32 degrees. I decided it would probably be best to cover my garden and not take any chances.

All of the blankets and towels brought a whole new meaning to a raised “bed”  : )

There were just a few  casualties on perimeter with my pole beans.

All in all, things are definitely growing. I do think I have some visitors (little bunnies) that are nibbling on my strawberries. This week I plan to get some chicken wire to hopefully preserve  my crop.

My little garden – Week 4.

I bought some organic plant food/fertilizer and plan on putting it down next weekend.


My Little Garden – Week 3 April 7, 2012

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Here’s a few pics and a quick update on my garden. The beginnings of fruit are starting to appear on some plants which makes me SO excited!


Starting to see the beginning of strawberries! These “baby berries” are so cute!

A tiny green tomato!

An overall garden shoot – Week 3 


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