Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Spacing


We took a trip in mid-July for a week, and when we returned, it was exciting to see how plants were spreading to fill in the area around them. It's something you think about when you put them in the ground, how far the spacing should be between two plants. Even when you've grown something before, this time of year can be surprising with just how faithfully those tiny seedlings can fill up their allotted space! The best surprise was the area of squash (or was it pumpkins? can't remember what they all are), that are filling in my little part of the food garden. So, when you don't have time or energy to get around to planting all that you wanted to, come the end of July, you just might be surprised that you didn't need the other plants so much after all!






For a long time I didn't know what to do with this narrow, south-facing strip on the front of the house, but I finally decided to plant some vinca annuals given the hot location. They LOVE it, and I never dreamed they would have filled in this much area!







These impatiens have filled in even more here now, but I'm too lazy to go get that picture. These have done well, too! One of my few shady areas.













This corner is under construction. I've finally decided to throw in some perennials that I already have around the house. I think it will be nice. This daylily didn't end up in quite the spot I wanted, but I didn't feel up to moving it after I planted it. Oh well, it will probably fill in!








Bouquet Time





And finally, here are a few recent bouquets. Love this time of year for bouquets. The summer flowers are all blooming, so I can put vases in every room of the house if I want!




Saturday, July 9, 2016

Here we go a harvesting

I decided to make a recipe tonight, a squash recipe, and you know how a parent needs to entertain little kids while trying to make some food, so I made it fun by bringing them outside for a trip to the garden to harvest the ingredients. And, let me tell you if you haven't done this lately, it is SO fun to walk out to the grocery store in your backyard, where everything is fresh and organic, pick what you need, then walk back into the house to prepare it. My 1.5 yr old waddled over to the peas so she could pick some to snack on, and my 4 yr old collected fennel, because for some reason she just loves to eat fresh fennel, and I found the squash, onion and herbs I wanted, and marveled at all the things we could make with the ripening produce on our land.


 


Mike has had great success from all his hard work in his garden this year. We are now getting summer squash, the first few cherry tomatoes, onions, and it's almost time to dig up potatoes.






There was a great strawberry harvest, a nice crop of summer raspberries, and very exciting, for the first time this year, some blueberries!



So there's a little garden update. Whether you're growing your own, or going to the farmer's market or store, I hope you have fun eating up the summer's harvest! 

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I'm a flower enthusiast married to a man with organic farming dreams. We're enjoying developing our own outdoor paradise in our first home, with 2 little gardening girls by our side. When not spending my free time gardening, I'm recording our memories in my pocket page scrapbooks.