Saturday, May 31, 2014

Yard Work: "Bathroom" Garden

One of the first things I did when we moved to our house was to make the alcove formed by the house and Sunroom into a flower garden.  It has become known as the "Bathroom Garden" because it is outside the bathroom window.  We've had plans to make the paths cement so they didn't need to be mowed.  Last year, I started to dig out some dirt from the paths so that they would be the right height once the cement was in place, but didn't get it finished.  This year, the violets have taken over the area!

The Before:

The During.  (I started with the flower beds themselves and then worked some on the paths.  The boys helped me some, too.) :

The Continuation:

While Dan had the tiller out for the garden, I asked him to hit the paths and save me having to weed them all ♥

Frog "hiding" by the strawberry plants

It's getting there

The To-Do:

  • dig out the excess dirt so that the ground is level with the path after adding the cement
  • make sure the cement is still good
  • make the cement 
  • do the cement path
  • enjoy!

Friday, May 30, 2014

School Carnival!

This year, Andy's school decided to do an evening carnival where you purchase tickets to participate.  (In other years, they have had it during the school day for the students and it was free.)  I wasn't planning on going to this carnival since the other 3 kids go to our "home" school.  But our school decided to charge $1 per ticket, so we went to Andy's carnival after all.  The music was too loud and it was outside in the sun, but the kids still had fun (with the exception that I made Emily wait until the end to redo a game and by then the prize she wanted was gone)

The Garden is IN!

Dan tilled the garden on Wednesday and I planted the plants on Thursday.  I still have to plant some seeds, but I wanted to start with the plants we had first.

Before being tilled!

After being tilled.  A nice blank slate! 

We have the following plants that came from seeds from last year's plants:
  • Cantaloupe
  • Bell Pepper
  • Roma tomato

We have the following plants that came from produce we bought or were given:

  • Jack-o-lanterns
  • Red Seed watermelon (a Native American plant)
  • Mini Pumpkins
  • Bell Peppers in red, orange, and yellow
  • Regular tomatoes (not sure what variety)
We bought the following plants:
  • Watermelon (ours got eaten by a chipmunk!)
  • Yellow Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Grape Tomatoes 
  • Cuccumbers
We will plant the following seeds from last year's plants
  • Native American beans
We will plant the following from produce we were given
  • Black Sweet corn
We bought seeds to plant for the following
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Corn
Hopefully they all grow and give us produce!