Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Garden is In!

It's been very warm (hot) here and there are no signs that we'll be having another frost any time soon so we decided to plant our garden a little earlier than normal.  At the beginning of the weekend the garden looked like this:

After many hours in the garden over two days, it looks much more like a garden should. 

This year I made three trellis systems out of bamboo and twine for our tomatoes, beans, and squash/cucumbers.  I really hope this helps them grow well and keeps the groundhog/bunny damage to a minimum.  We also installed the first part of our drip irrigation system and weed mitigation.  I still have more to do and hope to finish up this week.

We planted corn, okra, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, winter squash, pumpkins, watermelons, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and beans.  Our planter boxes contain our strawberries, lettuces, peas, beets, carrots, and chard.   Hopefully we'll have a productive harvest. 

Another big change in the garden this year is that Chris was able to find time to build a gate to keep Tucker out.  It only took 4 years to get one installed but it's already doing a great job!

One fun thing I did with the kids was to go to Kinder Farm with friends.  Josh loved the goats and chickens and Samantha loved the pigs (well really all the animals).  It was great catching up and getting the kids out of the house at the same time.

With nice weather most days, we've been spending a lot of time on the patio.  Even though we only put out cushions when we have company, the kids enjoy playing on the furniture anyway.  

Josh is enjoying using his walking toy on the patio a lot.  This weekend while we were working, the kids played in a shallow pool.  Josh left the pool and grabbed his walking toy.  Due to his wet feet, you can see the path he took around the patio.  Maybe we can teach him to walk in a straight line when he finally starts walking by himself.

The last picture of the week is the kids thoroughly enjoying our shredded paper.

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