Category Archives: Garden

November Garden Update

So, I’m not sure what the weather has been like where you live, but here, it’s been pretty crazy. Crazy as in we have been wearing short sleeve shirts and sandals in November. And, that means our garden was still chugging along. We’d lost a few things, though. The peas bit the bullet a month […]

Our Suburban Garden – A Last-Minute August Update

Stopping in late tonight to share a quick garden update for the month of August. First, remember how I thought our tomatoes had gotten out of control last month? (Check out our July update, HERE.) Well, I was wrong. They were just unruly. Now, they are out of control. Seriously, going in there to harvest the ripe […]

Our Suburban Garden – July Update (A Little Late)

Well, it’s past time for a July update on out suburban garden. This month saw a boom in our tomato production, our first acorn squash, and the end of raspberry season. I actually took these photos a couple of weeks ago, so things actually look a little different out there now. But, I figure I […]

Our Suburban Garden – June Update

The last time we checked in on our suburban garden, there wasn’t much happening…except rain. Now, we’re officially in the heat of the summer I think, and all that rain seems to be long gone. But luckily, most of our garden seems to be adjusting pretty well. First of all, I have to tell you […]

A Rocky Start – Garden Update

A more accurate title for this post would be “A Weedy Start.” In case you can’t tell, those are tubs of asparagus…or weeds. Yikes, right? Over the weekend, we spent a little while tending the garden. I had high hopes to get totally back on track with that this year after pretty much neglecting it […]

DIY Strawberry Tower – From the Office Store!

Last year, our strawberries didn’t do all that well, mostly because they were shaded by the cucumbers and overgrown and just sitting on the ground where bugs and moisture took a toll on our harvest. Lots of blooms, but not many ripened berries. So, this year, I wanted to try and transplant them to a […]

Our 2016 Suburban Garden

This weekend, we finally got the garden all planted. It’s a big job every year to get it ready, but it always feels good to cross it off the list in the spring. When we first started working, they were pretty sad. So, we added a lot of composted dirt to the beds this year, […]

Oops… September Garden Update

Today, I’m hanging my head and sharing some sad photos of our garden. I’m also sharing some earlier shots from July, which will serve as proof that at some point this summer, our garden did look pretty good, even if it doesn’t look so hot right now. You can compare the two as before and afters…which […]

Bugs, Beans, and Berries! (A Garden Update)

First of all, I’m super excited we have blueberries! I know it isn’t like a bumper crop or anything, but this is just the first little picking of the ripest ones. It’s the first year we finally beat the birds at their game of stealing our delicious blueberries with Wyatt’s upgraded berry house. And even […]

Beating the Birds (Third Time’s the Charm?)

This year, for the third year in a row, we’re working to keep the darn birds from stealing all our blueberries before they are ripe. So frustrating. Just look at all those little berries we have to protect. Last year, Wyatt really stepped up the bird barrier “house” but we used the same netting as […]

Garden Update: Spring Set Up 2015

A couple of weeks ago, Wyatt and I were debating whether to even fool with the garden this year. We’re both trying to keep an open mind about how much adjusting we’ll need when Beanie gets here. On one hand, I want to make room for us to spend time recovering, resting, and relaxing this […]

When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Gardening

Have I mentioned we’ve been busy lately? If not, well, let me just say that the 9 remaining weeks leading up to Beanie’s due date are destined to be busy for Wyatt and I. Between garages sales, cleaning, house projects, baby showers, possible relaxing weekends away, and just regular life stuff like church events and […]

Weekend Rewind: “LEAFing” Fall Behind

We may have had our last gorgeous fall day if the weather people are correct. Today’s highs were above 70 degrees, and the weekend was still sunny enough to spend some time outdoors compared to what is in the forecast for the coming few days. In fact, we might even be seeing some snow this week! […]

The Little Garden That Could

Despite the cooler temps and rainy weather, our garden is still managing to keep us supplied with summer veggies. (And supplies for canning, like I discussed in my post last night. ) Here’s the harvest I grabbed a couple days ago when I went out to snap these pictures: You can see our zucchini plants […]

Kitchen Gardening 101: It’s Going to Make a Mess

I tend to make a mess at most things I do. Kitchen gardening is no exception. Because of that, I tend to avoid this activity. (What? Never heard of kitchen gardening? It’s the way all the cool kids garden when it’s 100 degrees outside. You should look into it.) First up, I needed to replant […]

Garden Update: August Edition

It’s time for another garden update, mostly because we are getting ready to get ready (did you get that?) to plant our fall stuff (more lettuce and such) after making some room. We ripped up all the beans and peas because they were way past their prime. We got 3 good pickings from the beans […]

Chiming In (Another Attempt to Keep the Birds Away)

This year, despite an awesome bird barrier house built by Wyatt, we’re having trouble with birds getting to our berries. Somehow, they’re still getting in. (We think by lifting up the netting and walking under–crazy things!) And yes, they ate pretty much all my blueberries again. I’m pretty angry about it. Ugh. The strawberries are […]

Garden Growing Pains

This year, we’ve already had a few garden issues to try and overcome. After enlarging the entire area and adding a few new beds, we were left with a garden that looked like this: Then, we had an encounter with Yard Bird. For some reason, the three tomato plants we planted a few weeks ago […]

DIwYatt: The Upgraded “No-Bird” House

Now that our berry bushes are beginning to bear some fruit, it’s time to put the bird netting back up. If you remember last year, we put up some PVC poles and wrapped the netting around it. You can read more about how we created a Bird Barrier last year. You can see how the netting is really […]

Let’s Get Going on the Garden!

In our weekend update post yesterday, I already hinted a little bit at what we worked on out in the garden…adding dirt and mulch…but we also added plants! But before we did that, we had to weed. We had totally neglected this earlier in the spring because we knew we weren’t ready to plant, but we […]

Sweet Little Seeds

I showed you my seed starting project just yesterday, but I’ll admit the planting actually took place several days before that. Several days meaning… this are what those little seeds look like now. And, in fact, I’m in hopes of getting these little sprouts into the garden later on this week, or maybe this weekend…depending […]

Starting Seeds for Success

At least, we hope we’re starting seeds for success. As mentioned last week, we’ve been busy around here, both in the kitchen, and in the garden. Last year I started our seeds…WAY too early. I thought it would get warmer earlier…but it snowed in May last year…so I ended up having to keep the seedlings […]

Getting Back Into the Garden

Now that it’s almost May, we decided it was time to start getting the garden in shape for the spring and summer seasons. Last year was the first year we had a garden, so it was a huge experiment. I thought we were starting at a pretty decent size, but I knew we could handle […]

Garden Gloom, Winter’s Doom

Alright, so winter isn’t really a bad thing. I realize with winter comes Christmas, and Wyatt’s birthday, and other awesome things…but I thought I’d share a few photos of how our garden ended the year. After a few nights of covering everything up with sheets to protect it from the frost, we had a hard […]

Raising the Raspberries

Guys, how many times have I said…”The garden is finished!” only to come back in a week or so with another project or update we’ve done out there? I’m probably starting to sound like the girl who cried garden, huh? (Here, here, and here for examples of this nonsense.)  But, here I am again…with another […]

An Eco-Edge: (Yet Another Garden Project)

Remember how I told you we had a productive day on Sunday? Well, one of those projects included reusing the edging that we took out of the bed in the front of the house. Where did we put those, do you ask? Why, we put them in the garden! Way back in the spring, we […]

Garden Update: Still Growing Strong

It’s been awhile since we did a garden update for you all, and since I recently did some fall planting out there, I thought I’d take a minute to share how things are going. The cucumbers seem to be infested with white flies, so we’ve begun battling them…although I’m not all that committed to the […]

New Hope for the Zukes

We replanted this weekend, guys. And I have new-found hope that we might see a few more zucchini before the first frost. I’m still skeptic, however, since these guys are soooo small compared to the ones we took out. Remember how big they were? On the same hopeful note I started this post with, I […]

I Spoke Too Soon: Zucchini Edition

Guys, remember when I was all “Our garden is such an amazing surprising success?” (Like in this post.) Well, I spoke too soon. Today, when I was watering and harvesting and pruning, one of the zucchini vines broke off in my hand. It was completely rotted out at the base! After a quick check, the […]

And The Garden Is Finished!

Finally! We finally finished the garden, guys! It’s been planted for awhile now but we have been waiting to get the mulch down around the raised beds. Finally we’re done mulching, too! I also added a few of these pots, with some leftover marigolds (and the ones I transplanted from underneath the fast-overtaking-the-entire-bed zucchini. (It […]