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How Does Your Garden Grow?


I’m feeling very behind on my garden this year. I do have seeds started, these are my tomatoes, but other than that things are kinda on hold. Whether it’s more health issues, forthcoming construction, homeschooling demands, or the fact that I need a big load of shit (you heard me right-manure) some things have fallen by the wayside. But let it be known I am still planning on some major gardening this year and not just of the vegetable variety.

In a couple of weeks we’re planning on attending the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed’s Annual Spring Planting Festival. The kids and I went to the farm last year on a homeschooling field trip and are looking forward to another visit. This time Nate is coming with us. If you look at the schedule of speakers, John Brazaitis is going to be talking about beekeeping and well, despite our small acreage (one irregular) we’re considering it. Don’t worry I’ll let you know how it goes. For now here’s a little update on what is going on in our garden.


This is the shed Nate built. I can’t remember if I told you about it. My Dad came over and helped with the siding which actually came off an old barn that had been on his land. Below is the side that I’m seriously thinking about painting mock, vintage gas station signs on. What do you think?



Okay, have I told you how awesome my husband is? This is the tee-pee, wigwam, whatever that he also built. A couple of trees were taken down in anticipation of adding onto the house. We gave the bulk of the wood to my sister but we still had all these branches left over. What else were we supposed to do with them?


This is our rather plain yard. We’re going to start working on turning it into a nature path this year. Right now it’s hard to see which parts are going to be full sun but once we figure it all out we’re going to try to stick with native plants. Goodness knows we need something that’s used to growing among rocks.


This is one of many chamomile plants that have slowly but surely started to take over a portion of our yard. Mind you I haven’t planted a seed since 2011.


This is my 15 year old son riding around on the lawnmower. Repeatedly Nate had told him how to actually, you know…mow with the lawnmower. As I’m sure you’ve already guessed, those words fell on deaf ears because my son is 15 and already knows how to use everything.

He made two turns around, smiling and full of himself. Can I just say I haven’t had a laugh like that in quite a while. 


Ugh, I wish I’d paid more attention to this picture and leveled it out a little more. This is one of the benches Nate has been working on using wood he salvaged from some old homes that were being torn down in town. I love that man, even if he makes me feel like an underachiever.

So that is what has been going on in our garden, what’s going on in yours?

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1 comment:

  1. I sure love the bench your hubs made, it's really nice/big also. Seeing your place sure makes me miss our 20 acres in MT we stupidly sold. Moved away from it to KY for 5 yrs., then here to Grand Junction, CO area.
    We live west of G.J. almost to UT border out in country but we only have 1/2 acre now. Had 20 in Mt, then 1 1/2 in KY now only the 1/2 but it's enough to keep the hubs busy.
    Your shed is great, can hardly wait to see the faux gas station signs on it. Think it will look great.
    Our son built us a garage in KY, used the siding from KMart in Bowling Green that had to be taken off after a terrible hail storm there. He put the new siding on Kmart and we got the siding less expensively. It was a big garage so any we could save was great.
    I still miss that place, our house, yard all but I couldn't take the climate there due to humidity and constant dampness, mold on yard and house. I have allergies, asthma and arthritis. Bummer as it's alot less expensive to live there than here.
    Sounds like you are a great home schooler, good for you. I've known too many people that say they're home schoolers but don't really put the effort into what their kids need. Keep up the great work gal.


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