Progress on my garden

4 06 2008

I know I have been slacking in the blogging department lately, but I’ve been trying to spend my free time getting my garden planted.  I am making progress but it is slow going.  It is two weeks past the time I wanted to have everything in the ground, and I am still not done.  It doesn’t help that I may be a little ambitious! 

My little helper is being too much of a help.  Yesterday he dumped a package of carrot seeds in one spot, and then a few minutes later I found out he didn’t understand me telling him “no” and dumped out parsley and chives in the container I let him have for peas.  I guess we’ll see what grows out of that.  Maybe I can transplant some of them after they sprout.

The garden box in the back is planted with broccoli, green onions, oregano, carrots and snow peas.  I may try to fit some rosemary in there too, if not I’ll find a container for the rosemary.  The box near the house has tomatoes, cabbage, basil, bell peppers and some room for other herbs.  I have a number of containers around the yard and in my mini greenhouse too.  I have a few old tires that I’m planting potatoes in; there’s mint in the planter in the front yard; the greenhouse has a bunch of tomatoes and jalapenos.  What else?  Chili peppers!  I’m planning on some salsa this summer 🙂  And there are raspberries and rhubarb already growing in the yard.  Rhubarb grows like a weed almost!  And it’s so good in pie!

I have no experience with fertilizers, I probably planted everything too close together, and it’s getting into the ground late.  But despite this I’m hoping that my thumb will turn out to be green after all.  Thanks for listening to my long spiel about my garden.  Hopefully I’ll be able to report a bountiful harvest in the coming months!


Works for me Wednesday: “Mom, I’m Bored”

4 06 2008

Works for Me Wednesday!

Labels     Yes, summer is coming! One of the best indoor activities that keeps my toddler amused to no end is playing with stickers. But, I cringe when Bean peels sheet after sheet of fancy stickers and pastes them to her body! So, I’ll give her a sheet of labels instead. I’ve found little round and rectangled colored labels intended for pricing things at a garage sale work well. They are bright and colorful and cheap! (Especially if you find them at the dollar store, garage sales, or in bulk at an office supply store.)
     These stickers are also a blank canvas for budding young artists. Blank address labels intended for your printer also work nicely. My toddler colors some by herself and loves to have me draw familiar faces (cats, stars, letters, etc) for her as she calls their names out. When her older cousins are over, I give them some fine-tipped markers, and they create amazingly intricate masterpieces. Sometimes, they’ll color a picture, then stick each piece to a sheet of construction paper, with a little bit of space between each sticker. This is a really cool effect—I think there’s a scrapbooking term for it too! 
      When Bean is covered in stickers and is looking for something new, I stick a bunch of labels to the floor making paths through the apartment for her to follow. She’ll run back and forth on her sticker path for awhile, but her favorite game is dancing. Bean will put a pile of stickers in one spot on the floor, then ask for music. She’ll dance around, stomping on the stickers, and make sure she’s standing on them when each song ends. We love stickers!

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