Thursday, June 11, 2015

Garden Journal

It's been fun times in the garden this week.  The summer brings all outdoors.  It's become harder and harder to convince the boys to come in at night..... so why bother.... the tramp makes a great outdoor bedroom.

My childhood trampoline was a pillar for fun.  It even followed me into my teen years, where it became a huge hangout spot with friends.... I'm glad to see it seems to have the same role for my own children.

I love excitingly waiting for each seed to spring from the soil.  Reseeded flowers are blooming, and it looks like we have been lucky this year and will have to do some thinning (isn't this always hard?).


I decided to add another box this year (even if it is a mix of wood scraps) after realizing I forgot to plant some new species of cucumber seeds I really wanted to try ... that and the gift of some extra plants from a sweet neighbor that I couldn't possibly turn away.  It's a good fit, and gives us room for growth in the future.

Also giving us growth for the future is our current project.  It's something we've both wanted for years.... it's still in the works, but I bet you can guess what it will be.

Hopefully it will work better than our last attempt.... energy efficient windows & the last minute decision to forego skylights (snow load concerns), put an end to our first green house efforts (we needed more storage anyhow). 

Scarecrow Burnsy has made a reappearance, which marks full garden mode.... I wonder what new things the garden will bring next week?  Until then, happy gardening!!!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Garden Journal

Finally a reason to write in my garden journal.... the rain has stopped and we were able to plant the garden.  Squash (butternut, crookneck, straight neck), zucchini, cucumbers, broccoli, pumpkins, peas, beans, strawberries (we dug up, pulled out grass, and replanted each one... this better slow the grass from invading), onions, carrots, spinach, lettuce, carrots, and a handful of new pest controlling plants, all found their way into the ground.... now all we do is wait (& now with no rain, water).  I realize my cold hardy plants should have been planted months ago.... but better late than never.  Those (small) crops are joining the tomatoes, peppers, raspberries, and herbs.... I wonder how long I'll have to wait to see signs of life???



Want to know how I got three hard working helpers in the garden this week...... racing.  Jonas finally pestered Monte enough to get a track trimmed into the field (my husband is amazing with a trimmer).  We measured it and then did the math, 42 times around is a mile (which they ran the night after we informed them of this).


The agreement was, if mom beat you, you were a hard worker in the garden.... two times around....ready, set, go..... sooooo I'm not bragging or anything but I beat all three (good thing Jo took a fall on our second lap... phew).

I'm glad to see everything else in the garden starting to fill in..... I can thank the rain for that.  Hope your gardening is great until next week!