Garden Update–May 21

So I posted garden pics last week, and it’s growing!

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This is the planter I did with my MOPS group. It’s really grown out!

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These are the flowers on the other side of the doorway.

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I’m really proud of how this bed in front turned out.

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This is the side bed I planted. Last week we planted some sunflower seeds on the north side (left side). They’re starting to sprout, but you can’t see that in the picture.

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Here is the raised bed. The lettuce is really doing well now, the cool weather is helping it out. My tomatoes aren’t so happy with the weather though.

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Here’s just a corner of the bed. You can see lettuce, tomatoes, mint, spicy pepper. We planted sunflower seeds here, too.


If We Were Having Coffee in the Dirt

This post is part of a link-up hosted by Part-Time Monster

This post is part of a link-up hosted by Part-Time Monster

Welcome! Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer). It’s raining, so we’re not actually having coffee outside in the garden, but it’s nice and cozy inside. If you can handle some little boy chaos, that is.

If we were having coffee, we’d be talking about my garden again today. I hope you’re not getting tired of hearing about it. I dug up a square out of the tiny side lawn this week. Then this morning I went to the hardware store and got soil to put down and some vegetables and herbs–cucumber, okra, tomato, rosemary, oregano, and cilantro. I then spent the morning digging it up and mixing in soil, but then I got to plant everything! I would show you a picture, but it started raining right as I finished, so I haven’t taken one yet.

If we were having coffee I would tell you we had a productive CHADD meeting this week. The tables were full; there were more people there than there had been for a long time! We had a professional organizer speak on procrastination, which was a very popular topic. Our meeting ran long, and I think most people were happy about that.

Speaking of CHADD, someone contacted me about speaking about how ADHD affects women. She is a great speaker; I got to see her talk at the conference last November. So I am both excited and a little nervous, because now it looks like I will have two events to plan for the fall.

If we were having coffee, I would ask you how your weather is and how you are getting ready for summer/winter in your part of the world. I can’t believe my sons have only 3 more weeks of school this year! I need to plan for the summer, but I just keep procrastinating on it …

Well, I need to go; I have housework I need to get to this afternoon. I hope you have enjoyed your coffee. I’ll send you home with a big bowl of fresh lettuce. It is growing like crazy, especially in this rain, and my family is getting tired of eating it!

Until next week,


Vegetable Garden

On Saturday I spent a good deal of time weeding my vegetable garden.

It feels like weeding is all I do in this garden.  There is a ton of grass that grows in it.  If left to its own devices, I suspect it would look like a raised part of our lawn.  Only the grass would grow to 7 feet high, because it is hard to get a lawnmower into that bed.

I have not grown anything in this bed for several years.  When I tackled the weeds this year, it took me three days of hard work to get all the weeds out of the 3′ x 8′ bed.  Granted these were school days, while Picasso is in school (for only 3 hours during the day), but still.

When I finished and got it set up to plant, at the end of May, it looked like this:

Vegetable Garden in Spring

Vegetable Garden on April 28, 2014

Dirt, dirt, beautiful dirt!  You notice three plants in there.  I had purchased these plants to put in the garden, but everything else I started from seed.  I based it on a square-foot-gardening plan, and used a variation of this plan at Gardener’s Supply:

Garden Plan Fun for Kids

Fun for Kids

They have a variety of kitchen garden plans.  It is worth checking out if you are interested!

After I weeded over the weekend, here is how the garden looks now, not quite a month after planting (and right after weeding):

Carrots, Melons, Tomatoes, Lettuce, PeasPeas, Tomatoes, Lettuce, MarigoldsPeas, Peppers, Squash, Pumpkin

You’ll have to forgive my photo editing: I had to take several pictures to get everything in!

We have planted:

  • carrots
  • melon
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • marigolds
  • peas
  • cucumber
  • pumpkins
  • yellow pepper
  • sunflowers

I also planted corn, but it is not coming up!  I think some squirrel must have sniffed out the corn kernels, and dug them up.  So yesterday I went to the store and got some plants to put in these squares.  I got

  • mint
  • parsley
  • tomatoes
  • zucchini

As you can tell, there is a lot of variety in this garden!  There will not be a lot of anything, but I am using it to teach my children about growing vegetables.  They even helped me weed!

What’s on my menu?

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