We are building a creative, utilitarian life inside an old Victorian( built in 1898) in the historical "Ghosttown" district of Oakland, CA.
This blog chronicles our experiences renovating this magnificent antique home and how we learn new ways to build, plant, create and explore our creativity.
We'll share our tips and insights with you on how we rehabilitate, remake and refinish this old house so it will last another 100 years in style.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Lettuce & Ladybugs & Love
George prepared a container garden box by drilling some holes for air & drainage in his old storage tub. This past weekend we took a little trip to the East Bay Nursery and purchased a couple of lettuce starter plants so I can start growing a salad :) It's a variety of red leaf and romaine. We'll see how it does especially since the rain is back this week.
We are still figuring out how to approach composting and are leaning towards vermiculture.
While at the nursery, George noticed a 'Ladybug House' in a kit you can buy. Then we saw it cost something like $37 and we put it back. After a little Google research, he was able to build a cute little Ladybug House from extra wood scraps we had, and I painted it our aqua blue color. It has a 'Shabby Chic' worn look to it.
Apparently you just put a little sponge soaked in sugar water to attract them and then it becomes a little safe haven for them to feast on aphids and last year our plum trees had a lot of aphids! We are just starting to see blossoms now. Well see how it goes and report back.
On another note, all the daffodils have bloomed and we decided to move the bougainvillea to a sunnier spot on the deck. George is building a wood planter box for that. A picture will follow. So now the nasturtium can take over that whole space, and it will!
and.... Happy Valentine's Day...... It's nice to work on things together w/someone you love.