It’s a beautiful day!

Enjoying the beautiful day!  

 

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And….we have a garden, folks!

Happy, happy Saturday!

First: How many of you still use one of these fresh air clothes dryers?

Fresh and FREE!

Fresh and FREE!

Happy, happy, happy! Can you feel my excitement? I got the first plants into my garden today and I’m practically giddy! (Possibly weird…) Anyway, those dirt-filled beds from yesterday are now filled with baby plants that will be beautiful – and hopefully bountiful – fresh veggies for our family to enjoy in a couple of months. What did I plant? I’m so glad you asked. 🙂

Here’s what went in the garden today:

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Lettuces, Swiss chard, broccoli, and onions (around the edges)

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Parsley, dill, rosemary, oregano, Brussels sprouts, and green peas (not seen, of course)

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Yukon gold potatoes (hiding at the moment) and kale

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Cabbage and rutabagas (Mmmm,roasted rutabagas are the bomb!)

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Red potatoes (I think you can tell where they are), broccoli, and some more onions around the edges

 

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New gloves now dirty…

I think it’s time for coffee! Yes, indeed. So I’m going to take my book and my coffee, got sit in my swing and enjoy a little rest and quiet. Have a great afternoon and a blessed Sunday!

Lynne

 

It’s Garden Time!

Happy Friday, y’all!

It’s garden time! Yay! Today, my friend Kathryn and I started the day by running a mile then walking a mile. We followed that with a yoga class. Then – my favorite – we went and got a load of garden dirt. Yes, sirree! And then we came back to my house and filled up five of my raised beds. I have three more to go, but I have enough ready to get started. Hoping to get some things in this weekend: lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, rutabagas. We cleaned out around my strawberry plants. Oh how I love getting my hands dirty in the garden. It’s relaxing and rewarding. And the results are quite yummy!

If you haven’t gardened before, you should try it. Start small with a couple of planters for tomatoes or peppers. A few herbs. Things your family enjoys the most. The herbs you use most often in the kitchen. Read up on what grows well in your area and when to plant what. Very important to know. 🙂

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This is what we did today. Tomorrow there will be some green things in the two big beds. Hopefully! The backs three will continue to “cook” until it’s a little warmer and time to put in the next round of stuff.

Just because…here’s a picture of my favorite place to sit and have coffee. From the swing, I can see all the bird feeds, the bird baths, and the garden. I quite like it. 🙂

DSC_0137Have a GREAT weekend!

Lynne

 

Do you garden?

Good Saturday afternoon, everyone!

I hope that it is as beautiful wherever you are today as it is here! It is absolutely gorgeous today! So, my hubby and I have been working on our garden. He is a reluctant gardener, to say the least, but it makes me happy so he goes along. This year I am trying square-foot gardening which involves 4′ x 4′ raised beds. I filled my first one today with broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and lettuces. It’s so exciting! So I’m including a picture here for your viewing pleasure.

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Now, I only have 9 or so more to go. 🙂 And I’m expanding my strawberry patch. I have onions and garlic that I “overwintered” that are supposed to be ready in April. We shall see if that worked.

In the past few years, I have mostly gardened in the flower beds, with just my strawberry patch, a couple of tomato plants, and some squash and zucchini comprising my veggie garden. But this year I wanted more fresh veggies from my own personal garden space. I read and read (and read some more) until I decided that raised beds are the way to go. I read Mel Bartholomew’s book, Square Foot Gardening, and I was hooked. My daddy cut the lumber for me and my hubby put the beds together and so now, off we go. I hope it’s successful.

So, do any of you garden? Do you do it to save money or simply for the pleasure and satisfaction of growing some of your own food? I’d love to hear from you what has worked and what did not.

This post is short and sweet. I have to go get those strawberries in the ground!

Blessings,

Lynne