Archive for March, 2013

Planning the Harvest

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Our yard is ever changing with the seasons, we are so use to everything in bloom or just a few weeks of plants and trees going dormant in Texas but here in the Carolinas it is super exciting to see everything constantly changing, there is never a dull yard moment.  And there is lots, I mean LOTS to do.

I took this picture late summer, as fall came and went we discovered tree stumps and trees that were dead and needed to be removed.  Covered in our not so fun ivy was this huge stump that we really wanted to remove so there would be room for our veggie garden.  This spot in the yard seemed to be the best sun for us to experiment on growing our own food.

We can tackle many things but this was something we left to the professionals.

See the guy Jonah called “Spiderman” waaayyy up in that tree?  He climbed that sucker in like five seconds~ the dead one is directly to the right of him.

With the dead tree and stumps out of the way it was time to get to work.

We pulled out lots of scraggly looking bushes and lots of weeds, tilled up the area and then took time to plan out the area for even the kids to have space to garden as well.

Working downhill was also a new experience after the flat coastal plains of Texas…doesn’t look like much slope until you try to make level borders

It looks great and in-between out of town business trips and the rainy weekends we will hopefully get the beds ready for our April 15th deadline of planting.  We can plant more than just tomatoes and peppers here, we have plans for cucumbers, lots of lettuces, eggplant, carrots & zucchini.  The childrens garden will be the home to some miniature pumpkins called Baby Boo & Jack-Be-Little.  Easter Egg Radishes and some strawberries.

All of our little gardeners are super excited and I think they will be happy to eat more veggies this way too.

Every kid needs their own garden.  I will always remember my first garden when I was a kid, discovering worms, planting and watering my Morning Glory and watching it grow up our homemade trellis.  I’m excited for them to discover too…..

however they see fit

Daffodil Days

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

One of the super cool things about buying an older house is having surprises that pop up in the yard.  Planted from previous owners who have moved on  only to leave behind their returning beauty for us to enjoy.  Robert Brault once quoted “In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy.”  Although I know there is not a seed fairy or a bulb fairy I have much appreciation for the people who spent the time planting these lovely Daffodils for us to enjoy these past months.  I hardly let one of them wilt on the plant, we would fill mason jars full of them.  Several we gave away to friends or special CCE teachers but most of them just greeted us from the kitchen table with their sweet buttery yellow centers and soft white petals.

I think they are done blooming and now we have just the green foliage.  I know they will all die down soon and Harry and I have many more plans to fill the spaces in-between for something to bloom later this spring.

This past Sunday we invited a sweet couple from church who leads our Wednesday night bible study to come for brunch after mass.  Earlier in the week I had seen more Daffodils down the hill near the boys playground that were late bloomers.   In the dark Saturday night I took a flash light down and picked the blooms that were slowly opening up.  The next day like another gift from above here they were, salmon colored in the middle.  I was so excited to see such a perfect color mixed with the yellow ones.

I can’t wait to see what else this spring will bring and to add to the yard to leave my mark on the world one flower at a time.

Take Two

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Remember this one?

 I talked Jonah into a re-take today…he agreed as long as Miles had a shirt on…

Check out Miles’ 4 month pictures over at www.GrilliotPhotography.com

Winter Wonderland

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

We got snow again a couple Saturdays ago, it was a perfect day to finally bring out the boys sleds to inch their way down the hill in the back yard, make homemade hot chocolate and enjoy the instant transformation of winter blues into a winter wonderland.

It all melted away by 4pm, followed by a beautiful sunset to end a beautiful day.