Blog

Our Garden – 2017

I am very proud to present our garden – the 2017 version!

Previous iterations of our garden have been pretty modest. We went from this in 2015:
Garden Plans for 2016

To pretty much the same thing in 2016 (minus the corn):

Gardening

And our backyard used to look like this:

What a disorganized mess of gardening and lawn care implements and tools, yes?

Now our garden looks like this:

Our Garden 2017

We expanded from 16×16 to 20×20, so we could add the path, which is nearly finished.

Our yard slopes down toward the pond, so we evened out the garden by making a wall out of railroad ties (three high on the lower end of the slope, two high on the sides, and one at the top). Then we added gravel all around, so there’s drainage between the railroad ties and the dirt, evened out the dirt, added composted garden mix on top, and covered that with landscape fabric. Then we planted, put on last year’s mulch, and then added new mulch. Done! The wall makes for a nice place to sit and look out at the pond, too.

The workshop is also complete, both inside (though hubby is still organizing it):

Workshop Interior

And out:

Workshop Entrance

Workshop Exterior

This Year’s Garden Goodies

So what are we growing this year? We have:

  • Zucchini
  • Summer squash
  • Cucumber
  • Cantaloupe (I hate that word – the u always looks funny to me!)
  • Watermelon
  • Corn
  • Green beans (both pole and bush)
  • Black beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers (bell and Anaheim)
  • Peas
  • Spinach (an impulse purchase that I don’t think is doing well)
  • Cauliflower
  • Raspberries (last year’s bush, which is already starting to get ripe)
  • Strawberries (two new plants)

We omitted many items from last year, such as carrots (they never grow well), broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. However, we seem to be doing better with herbs this year. Being home full time helps, too. I’m able to give more attention to the garden, so I’ve spent plenty of time weeding and single-handedly decimating the Japanese beetle population.

I’m looking forward to harvesting all the goodies this year!

Keeping Busy During a Power Outage

We had quite a lengthy power outage last weekend. Tis the season for summer storms to roll through the country. Our severe thunderstorm on Friday night included two tornadoes that did terrible damage about 20 minutes north of us. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries. Our house is in a bit of a valley, nestled

Read More

Letting Her Discover…

Discovery is part of childhood. So as much as I look at the pretty summer schedules people are putting together and think, “I should do that,” I won’t. Those schedules are tempting, though. Oh, so tempting! I admit that I love the idea of having structure in my day. Preferably for me, my children and

Read More

Life My Way

Who doesn’t want to live their life, their way? “Living the dream.” I see this phrase too often and, to be honest, it annoys me. What is “the dream”? Is it meant facetiously? “The dream” sounds too authoritarian, as if there is only one kind of dream. I reject that notion and call on everyone

Read More

Ladies

Ladies: For some reason, 53% of white women who voted, voted for Trump. If you are a woman who voted for Trump, I do not understand your choice. I cannot understand why you excused his reprehensible misogynist behavior and attitude toward women, his racism and hatred of minorities, his mocking of those with disabilities, and

Read More

New Year’s 2017

New Year’s 2017 is here and I’m looking back at how I went from fabulous England to the Midwestern prairies four years ago. 2013: I had a baby and my husband’s enlistment in the military ended. With no interest in re-enlisting, we moved from England back to the United States with an infant, no clue

Read More

The bliss of being unconnected

Yes, unconnected. That’s what we are at the moment. Intentionally. I don’t own a smartphone and if I ever do, I will never set it up to receive Facebook notifications. I will┬áturn it on when I leave the house and turn it off when I return. The phone number will be given out as an

Read More

Raspberries!

Raspberries are a favorite in this house. I’m not a big raspberry eater, but my husband and daughter love them. If I bring home a container from the store, at least half of them are gone within moments… and the other half usually get thrown out a day later because they go soft overnight. So

Read More