Monday, July 18, 2016

A Garden Journal

We are on Day 20 of Summer... I think. I am starting to lose track! The sun is shining again so hopefully it will feel like summer today. It is already starting to get warm.

The kids are still away at my parents'. We have gone on several dates and even left the country once!

Last night I got caught up on my Garden Journal. Here are a few pictures.

Love this Cicero quote - I found it when I was working on a scrapbook for the school Librarian who retired this year. All the classes made pages and I put them together in a book. She is an avid gardener as well as an amazing Librarian.

This is our garden map. Over Spring Break we made 4 garden boxes and the kids helped make 1X1 foot squares so we could keep track of what was planted where. We will make some changes next year. Ideally, I would be able to get more things growing in the sunshine, but that is not how our yard is set up.

A sweet garden gnome that I got from Scott for my birthday. And here is a picture of our cat, Pepper. This summer she has been allowed to go outside during the day. It has worked well, so far, and she has always returned at night... although, she has broken her curfew on occasion!

My dad gave us some cauliflower and broccoli plants that he had been growing in his greenhouse. They are doing great in our garden.

These photos loaded out of sequence, but this page is closer to the front of the book. We laid down cardboard before adding the soil and it worked like a charm for weed control. That was a job that the kids absolutely LOVED!

Proud of my gladiolas. I always remember my aunts having these gorgeous glads to enter into the Westlock Fair each year. They are the fanciest flower and I was super thrilled that these bulbs decided to grow into some magnificent gladiolas of my own!

Very efficient garden helpers!

We moved to our house 10 years ago, right before Elise was born. This was going to be our 5-year plan and there was no intention of staying for 10 years. A whole DECADE! It still kind of shocks me that we have been here this long because I have never lived in a house for this long. Elise is going to be 10 tomorrow and she has never lived anywhere else. By the time I was 10 we had already lived in 3 different houses (plus a camper!).

At our last place we had a great big walnut tree. From that we got 2 small new trees which we brought with us in pots. They stayed at my parents' for a few years and then we got them back and tried to figure out what to do with them. Finally, we decided to plant them! Right here on our "Tiny Farm". After I took this photo they really started filling in and we even have 4 walnuts on one tree!

Probably the most successful thing in the garden is the carrots. I think we will do an entire bed of carrots next year.

The tomatoes are coming along now, too. We have regular tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. If the sun shines for more than a day then things should start to explode again!

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