For Mothers Day, I made my Mom this bag. It was my first non-dress/nightgown. I lined it with lime green. I think it turned out great. I am going to have to make myself one too!
Addison wanted a garden of her own. So here it is, there are two of these raised planters. There is one on each side of her playhouse. She has pink flowers and red/green peppers growing right now.
My garden has been changed over to raised beds this year as well. In this picture I have spinach, lettuce, and arugula. So far I am loving the beds.
So far I have sowed/planted
spinach bok choy
The Strawberries are flowering.
Mommy and Addi’s watering cans.
The Crabapple looks beautiful.
I thought I would give everyone an update on my garden as of today. We have been having storms lately (thunder, lightening, wind & rain). I have read that other gardens have been traumatized by them, but somehow mine has come out just fine.
I am currently trying to figure out what additive my plants are needing now. I am having a little trouble with blossom end rot. I noticed it a little on my tomatoes, but mostly with my peppers. About a month ago I dug holes next to each of my tomatoes and placed banana peels in them. I think they really liked that.
The corn is doing well, nothing exciting to report on it yet.
The tomatoes are loving the heat and see to be doing very well. Just waiting on RED ones.
The peppers are going crazy, but I need to address the blossom end rot with them. I have a lot of flowers on the banana peppers but no peppers yet. All the others have been producing.
The potatoes are popping out of the ground, some still green. I just keep covering them up. I think between the storms and the hens they have had a little help finding their way out of the soil.
The carrots are doing great. I pull one every once in a while just to see.
Pumpkins are taking off. I have quite a few. A couple are turning already. My JUMBO one that I have been waiting on is finally getting big. Wasn’t the plant that I thought it was going to be though. Oh well! As long as I get one HUGE one, I am happy.
The gourds, like the pumpkins are doing great.
The strawberries took a bit of a hiatus, but are on their way back, I think I will have some that need to be picked today.
The snap peas have just started producing. I just picked my first 3 this morning.
Cucumbers are good. Picked my first lemon cucumber today.
The onions are getting bigger.
I have entered my baked goods in the fair and am awaiting the judging outcome. My son, Cameron also entered a couple of things this year as well.
Nothing much is going on in the garden, just sucking up tons of water because of the heat. They love the heat though. I am getting pumpkins galore, gourds too. Lots of green tomatoes, none red yet. The corn is huge and is producing well so far. Not ready to pick though.
The chickens have started laying. Little baby eggs. There are really cute. My little girls are becoming hens.
Crystal, Omerosa, and Trixy
The clothes don’t take long to dry on the clothesline because it is so hot. I do love the clothesline.
My compost would be complete if I would leave it alone and quit adding to it. I have a couple of pumpkins I allowed to stay growing in it. I have finally been able to construct a second story home for the worms. If I could only get them to move out of the first story just a bit quicker, that would be great. They are movin’ on up SLOWLY. Mostly the baby worms for now.
For what it matters, I thought that I would let you know how my garden is doing. It has finally hit the taking off point. The garden has erupted and I love it. Of course now I look at things and think about the way I should have done them and will do them differently next year. I don’t know about all of you, but it seems like all I ever say is “next year I will…” Kind of makes me laugh.
I took pictures three weeks ago and again this evening
The sunflowers 3 weeks ago
The sunflowers today
The garden 3 weeks ago
The garden today
My Aunt Linda is the one to thank for this post. She is one of those people who’s wheels are always turning. Every time I see her I just want to pick her brain even though I know that I cant possibly absorb everything she has to offer. She is a wonderful resource and is always coming up with great ideas. She had seen a Strawberry Tower in a catalog and knew she could make that!
She was able to get 10 feet of culvert for free, the place even cut it in half so she could put it in her vehicle. So off Linda went with 2, 5 ft sections of 14 in culvert. Origionally it was black , but she didn’t want it to absorb to much heat, so she spray painted it with that Fusion paint that adheres to plastic. She then dug a hole about 6 inches deep to put it in for stabilization. Uncle Lonnie drilled 3 inch holes all around. Linda did say that she wished that the holes were not so lined up and more uneven. She began the planting portion by running a drip line up the culvert and gradually filling with aged compost. When she got to a hole she had lids from larger yogurt containers cut in half, and placed them in on angles to keep the soil in. She then put the plant in the hole securely and worked her way up to the next whole.
What you do not see in the pictures is that Linda knew that the back side wouldn’t get as much light as the side we can see. On that side she planted lettuce. I spoke with her tonight and she said that since this picture was taken two weeks ago, the plants have about doubled in size. She has already harvested some of that lettuce.
I hope that someone out there gives this a try. It is a great idea for those who might not have much space or just don’t want to be bending over to pick those berries. I look forward to hearing from those of you that do give it a try. I am putting it on my to-do list, I cant wait to try this one!
I have referenced to EnviroMom before as they come up with some great stuff. This is another one of those brilliant posts.
I absolutely LOVE this. I have plenty of space for my garden and this makes me want to strap a piece of gutter onto a wall and plant. I really think I am going to. Now obviousally there is no root vegi’s going on here, but let the greens grow!!! Herbs and yummy strawberries too. There are no excuses for not growing something edible this year. Get plantin’.
Happy Earth Day!
I hope you all feel like this is your day! I sure do.
I know it is Wednesday and it is still the middle of the work week, but be sure to do something great today for our planet. Check with your city’s website and see what is going on this weekend in honor of Earth Day. Redmond Oregon has it’s annual litter pick up in the canyon. Head on down there and take part, you will feel so good about what you have done. Be sure and include everyone, the kids and all of their friends can only make for a more exciting day.
Well, the garden is 1/2 in. I cant wait for the rest of it. Don’t forget to leave a little room for regular reseeding. We want to be able to enjoy our garden as long as possible, not just all at once. I feel so accomplished, I can hardly stand it. I really do feel like that is my baby out in the corner. I am trying rows this year for the firs time. My friend Ann gave it a shot last year and is totally pro row girl now.
The chicks pullets are doing well, I swear I will get the coop picks up soon. I am working on a huge project that I cant wait to tell all of you about, just not quite yet. Anyway, big personality’s (those 3 girls). Trixy is my fave. Then Omerosa and Crystal. Yesterday Trixy started squawking very loud. I have just recently been letting them out of the coop as I don’t have the pen built yet. I ran over there to find that she had been around the corner from the others and started to panic. She is now known as the chick that cries wolf. The next couple of times that happened, I didn’t run.
I put up my clothes line. I put the clothes out @ 8:00 last night and pulled them in this morning, I love this weather. I thinkI have convinced my husband that laundry doesn’t have to be done every day, we can shoot for every other day. Baby Steps, I guess that is what it is all about.
Again, Have a Great Earth Day and actually embrace it and everything that it stands for!!!