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Garden Update

Well, it’s summer and that usually means a bunch of garden updates for you all, as that does take a decent amount of energy to maintain but I’m pregnant and sweaty this summer… and sore (hello, second baby, #amIright?) so I’ve been a bit less enthusiastic about working in the garden, but I have managed […]

The Current State of the Garden (Spoiler–it’s sad)

Well guys, this time last year we were working on the garden. (HERE’S THE POST on that if you want a refresher.) It was completely planted by May 4, and I can tell you that isn’t going to happen this year sadly…mainly because the garden beds need some work. We lined them with plastic to […]

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 […]

Weekend Rewind – Memorial Day Memories

This weekend was a breath of fresh air. After a rough week of Will being sick while I struggled to meet work deadlines, I was ready for a little break. Not to mention, it’s been raining for weeks and weeks, which gave me a serious case of spring fever. We were able to spend time […]

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, […]

How We Did on Our 2015 Goals

It’s time to go through our list of goals for last year and take a final inventory of how well we did. I’m pretty pleased, overall, and excited to start on some new things in 2016! 1. Develop a weekly cleaning routine. I have a scheduled set, but I usually miss at least one day […]

Weekend Rewind: “It’s Awesome Outside” Edition

Can you believe it’s November? I can’t. For starters, Will was just born last month, right? And there’s no way Christmas is only 6 weeks away. And hello, it’s awesome outside. This weekend we finally got around to cleaning out the garden for the year. It was sad because I know we didn’t do as […]

Time is Running Out: Goals for 2015

We only have a few months left in our push to tackle all of our 2015 goals…and things are moving much slower now that Will is around. We expected that, though, so I’m hoping we have a little bit of push left in us for the last few bits. 1. Develop a weekly cleaning routine. […]

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! […]

Weekend Rewind – Time Apart, Tulips, and Walktober Edition

I know we’ve been boring you with all our talk about tile, and I hate to say this, but there are still a couple posts coming on the subject, but one of them will be our reveal post (with all the grout and glory), but I wanted to take a break out of that and […]

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 […]

Canning Craziness: Preserving our Garden Produce

Guys, I’ve been a canning fool this year. And by fool, I mean someone who has no idea what she’s doing but who is enjoying the craziness and trying all sorts of new recipes. This was the stash from a few weeks ago: Here’s what it looks like now: Not only have we been working […]

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 […]

Cucumber Chips

I may have mentioned a few times that we have many, many cucumber from our garden. As in, more cucumbers than we could ever hope to use. And being as one of my resolutions was to use and preserve more of our produce, I figured I should do something besides just watch them sit in […]

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 […]

Weekend Rewind: Lake Edition

This weekend, we spent Saturday at the lake visiting Wyatt’s grandparents. It was a great day to relax on the water considering we’ve both been working A LOT. We also got to check off something else from our Summer Bucket List. (Fishing!) And, guess who caught the most fish (with my father-in-law’s help?) Me! Most […]

How Our Garden is Going – July Edition

It’s time for a garden update, guys. I know last year we posted about our progress out there a lot more, mostly because we were just so darn excited that anything was growing at all, but now that we’re knee-deep in kitchen renovations, the garden has taken a little bit of a backseat. So, that’s […]

Weekend Rewind: A Winter’s Tale and Summer Stuff Edition

This weekend, we enjoyed summer. Not only was it beautiful outside, it was also a holiday weekend, so there was plenty of time to spend enjoying that lovely weather. On Friday, Independence Day, we worked on installing the new cabinets which went pretty well, all things considered. We spent the majority of the time working […]

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 […]

Weekend Update: Yard Bird Edition

This weekend, we had an adventure of the avian variety. On Friday evening, I looked out to the garden and saw large flapping wings inside our bird netting. I was shocked and angry at first, but after we went out there to check it out, we saw it wasn’t a bird trying to steal our […]