Saturday, May 22, 2010

Garden Update...a little late....

So I've gotten behind a little on the garden updates...2 1/2 weeks I guess. It seemed like I was so busy with the kids and housework, and when I did get a few minutes, then hubby was using the computer for work. I finally found my chance to get on the blog today!
The garden certainly has grown in the past few weeks!!! It's amazing!!! We have more lettuce and spinach than we know what to do with. I may have to start leaving little packages on the neighbor's doorsteps...hee hee!
I thought we'd be eating peas by now, but the silly things are just growing ginormous, but not putting out any blossoms! Phooey! I'll have to go out there and have a talk with them. It would be nice to have something else with our salads besides lettuce.
My green beans are coming up nicely. Now if I can just keep them from being eaten. There are some sort of critters eating everything this year. Why can't these pesky bugs eat the hundreds of weeds in my yard instead of my lovely garden plants?? Then we could all be happy. Ah, c'est la vie!
The celery is still alive. Not much growing with them yet, but atleast I haven't killed them. I do think they are finally settling into their surroundings and they should be growing more now.
The cabbages are getting HUGE! Hopefully the will continue to do well, and I can keep the pesky bugs away from them so we can actually get a harvest from them.
Cucumbers and cantaloupes are starting to get bigger, and hopefully they can get up and going on the trellis before the cabbages get too much bigger.
Last week I finally got my tomatoes and peppers planted too, so the garden is full now except for a few squares where I think I'll plant some more carrots and nasturtiums and...well, I don't know yet, but I suppose I should figure it out soon.
I am happy my tomatoes and peppers are doing well. They are small, but perky. They didn't die from the transplant!!! Hooray!!! I am only a little sad because a gal I know already has blossoms on her tomato plants that she started from seed. Oh, well. I guess we'll have tomatoes in November!
The raspberry canes are abundant with little baby raspberries. I need to find a net soon to put over them so the birds don't help themselves to a free buffet. Same for the strawberries. It's so exciting to go out and see all of the blossoms and little berries beginning to form. If we can keep all the pests away we should have a good harvest.
I finally got my trellises made for the garden this past week. They aren't anything fancy, but I am kinda proud of them. I came up with the design myself, went to Home Depot and got my supplies, used all my hubby's power tools (oh, yeah!), and put them together. It was so much fun, I'm now looking for other things I can build!
Whew!!! I think that mostly covers it for this week. If I missed something, there's always next week. Stay tuned for more updates on the adventure of our garden!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Princess Hannah is 3!

I can't believe my little Hannah is 3 years old already! That just doesn't seem possible! Where, oh where, does the time go?
We celebrated our little lady in grand princess style with a tea party and her best friends. This was her first actual birthday party. (We have just celebrated with family before.) She was just beside herself with joy and had such a wonderful time. Her granddad sent her a beautiful dress and princess crown to wear which she absolutely loved! It was a truly wonderful, special day, and she enjoyed every minute of it.
The past three years with her have been truly wonderful and special too, and I just can't imagine life without our Hannah. She is a little ray of sunshine and brings so much joy and laughter to our home. I feel so blessed to be entrusted with such an amazing gift!

All ready for tea.
We decorated the table with fresh flowers from our yard, and had a special tea cup for everyone (thrift store specials!)

Princess Ellie enjoying big sister's party.
All of the kids decorated pretty princess/prince crowns that we cut from cardstock...
And pretty bracelets.

Getting ready to enjoy some cake, and so happy to have everyone sing to her.

Sweet Princess Hannah


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ellie at 8 months...

Now that she knows how to crawl, Ellie is really getting around. And she's pretty proud of it too!

Garden Update

Spinach salad fresh from the garden!

Our garden is continuing to grow quite nicely, and each week we keep adding more to it. We've been enjoying spinach, and even some lettuce now. I think I've said this before, but it is so fantastic to go outside and get a fresh salad! And nothing tastes better than food you've grown yourself. Soon we should have some peas to add to our salads as the bush peas in the green house box are going crazy.
How does our garden grow??? With peas, spinach, kale and chard and lettuces all in a row!

The mixed pretty!!

The cabbage and peas are doing well. And we now have cucumber and cantaloupe seeds planted in the back row ready to grow up. The cucumbers are just starting to poke through the ground already. Last year we had lots and lots of cucumbers from the four plants we had, so hopefully we'll get another great crop this year. The cantaloupe never did anything last year, so I'm hoping we have better luck this time around. I think last time they got kind of overwhelmed by the tomatoes and didn't get much of a chance to grow.

Broccoli and onions are still doing well, and I've added one eggplant to the mix. The guys don't like eggplant, but Hannah and I thought it would be fun to try one plant. My mother-in-law was telling me that they are really yummy grilled up on the barbecue. And this weekend hopefully I'll be adding the tomatoes and peppers to this bed.

We also got some celery plants from our neighbor that we planted. I've never grown celery before so this should be fun. Gotta love free plants though! Yesterday I stood out in the rain and planted some green bean seeds. Now I just have to get busy and build the trellises for all these plants to grow on!

As for the garden out front, the irises are blooming beautifully, as well as the lavender. More free plants from friends and family! The laveneder was just a tiny little transplant from my mother-in-law when we first moved into our house. Now it is so huge!!! Love it!!

Well, that's what is happening at the Little House in Hillsboro garden this week. I can't wait to take more pictures each week as things start growing. It will be fun to look back and see where we started!