2010 August Garden Update

  I’m so excited to see all this green! We’ve been enjoying tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, onions, carrots, cauliflower (well only 1, but it was good!), squash, cucumbers and corn.   (In case you’ve been missing the teeny tiny tot, don’t worry, she’s still here and will be making a come back soon…you can see her lurking in the photos) We found a little baby bunny who dug a nice little hole next to our carrots. He probably thought he’d died and gone to heaven with a protected little bed and nice fluffy green carrot tops to munch on. Unfortunately, we had to usher him out. I felt a little sad. For some reason our corn didn’t do as well this year, the stocks didn’t get very tall and the corn itself was miniature, but it was super yummy! If anyone has corn expertise, I’d love some advice. If you’re looking for more, click here to see our garden posts! … [Read more...]


Our Garden: June Update

I know it's already July, but I'm just now getting around to sharing these photos from June! I showed some of our seedling plants in my first garden post this year, and here’s where they are now! They’ve been successfully transplanted and seem to be thriving despite the unusually cold start they had followed by the lovely harsh wind that’s been ripping through our state. Our first bed has onions, lettuce, carrots, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, peppers, tomatoes, basil and parsley. Our second bed contains strawberries, watermelon, and cantaloupe. The third bed isn’t worth showing, its mostly corn, cucumbers and zucchini but they’re still babies. I’m getting a canning lesson from my good friend at Our Family Homestead this weekend and will share that with you once I know what the heck I’m doing! … [Read more...]


Gardening Observations

My husband started our garden seedlings and we’re trying out a new little lighting system for some of them. The kids always help with this task and this year we decided to add some science to it, and do observations of the seeds growing. These pods contain broccoli and cauliflower:Day 1: Day 1, nothing much to report, seeds sewn, waiting patiently…they are sitting in sand with rope lighting in it for warmth. Normally we use our Science Grid , but this time the kids made their own: Day 3: Oh, we have a little sprout! Whoo-hoo! (Notice the cowboy hat, it was dress-up day and yes, that is Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson, and Blake Sheldon’s autographs you see, she also has Reba McEntire and many more on the other side) Day 9: Success! We only had one pod that didn’t sprout up, so we re-started it, but everything else is doing well. We moved it from our basement on day 3’s pic, to my laundry room in day 9’s photo. Apparently our cat “Six” (see Day 9 illustration above) grew a little too fond … [Read more...]


Gardening with Kids

With the cold weather hopefully behind us, I always get the urge to make my backyard all pretty and colorful again. While I have some perennials in tree beds, I have lots of flower pots around as well. This year I let the kids pick the flowers they wanted. Each was in charge of planting their own pots and are also responsible for watering them each day. (Yes, my son chose to water his plants with a squirt gun.) Before you say, “Oh what a nice Mommy letting her kids get so involved!”, I have a confession to make…I love to look at them, but I hate to water these daily, I have so much going on that it’s just another chore for me, not to mention that I constantly forget, which leads to dead plants. So, after shelling out money for these flowers I decided I needed some re-enforcement from people who actually like to play in the hose and get dirty. Just to give you an idea of what they accomplished in a day for me, here’s some of their handy-work, there are 9 pots along that wall: … [Read more...]


Our Garden

Here are some photos of our garden, we planted 2 10'x4' beds this year, and are adding a 3rd bed for next year since our plants were way too crowded! This one has corn, watermelon and cantaloupe.My 'gems', the yellow grape tomato, so yummy and taking over the garden might I add!Here's our other bed, super crowded as you can see. This bed has everything else: carrots, radishes, onions, garlic, basil, tomatoes (roma, yellow), Zucchini, sugar peas, beans, chives, strawberries. It used to have broccoli, lettuce and cauliflower before it got hit by the tornado earlier this year.Here's the men making another bed to prepare for next year. My son loves anything that involves shovels, hammers, or drills. So here he blazed outside eagerly to help Daddy do 'man stuff'. On his way out the door he said: "I gotta go work, can you bring us some water, it looks hot out there." … [Read more...]