Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
After pouring through the website however, i was hooked. So this is my inaugural submission to the group. This Sunday's mission: Signage
These signs can be found within in neighbourhood. As you can see, our neighbourhood could be one of the coolest around if we could just embrace our vintage-y goodness!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Today is a good day...
I lost 2.5 pounds this week,
Cookie Monster started her egg business today,
and on our drive home, C.monster wanted to drive around the block sitting on my lap so I let her and we made it home safely (and so did the car.) C.monster wanted our picture today to be in the car...as proof maybe?
Good guys win today! Yea!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
These are the days!!
And not only will i be leaving a hard drive full of everyday pics for C.monster to show her kids, but also i feel it is important to pass along majour lifelong lessons, i.e. taste in one's music and kindness to those we admire who share their talents.
Introducing the kiddos to artists like U2, Johnny Cash and the like now, hopefully keeps them from listening to scrappy or bubbly "Idol rejects" later.
Especially nice when you are planning a huge garden! We're up, breakfasted and usually schooled by 1pm or so. Then i can hit the chores or the gardening, whichever will make me feel most productive that day. ;o)
So i've noticed this year that not only are there more things in the garden getting accomplished, but they also seem to be more experimental to boot.
Take for instance, planting tomato seeds. Now, i not saying that the experiment's been successful enough that i don't have to buy tomato seedlings next week when my parents are here and we hit the local nurseries, alas, the fact that i had time to plant tomato seeds this year still amazes me. My plants are still a little on the Charlie Brown-ish side of small, but i figured i'd experiment with them never the less.
Here's the one i call "Do Hot Caps Really Make a Difference?", which is also known as "How To Annoy Your Neighbours' With Your White Trash Aesthetic."
First you take a plastic jug....isn't that how all trouble starts? Work with me though, i'm really recycling something, rather than just "throwing it out", which is really truly what "recycling" has become, hasn't it? :o) You'll also need a plant. A sad appearence to the plant isn't required, i think.
Remember to bury those toms up to their ears! Bury 2/3rds of the plant to encourage a strong root system, especially needed for those windy days!
Wish 'em luck!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Still, while i may not be a "farmer" by true definition of the word, i think we certainly have taken a big leap toward "farming" this year. Hoping that in the years to come, be it here on our little 1/3 of an acre or somewhere else with majour square footage, that we can reduce our food bills for things that we buy that we just shouldn't need to. Like tomato sauce or lettuce. :o)
We accomplished a lot in the garden this weekend, so let's get to the pictures:
This is our main growing area this year. Hoping to cover the bags with straw after they are all planted and sprouting. Moose erected a chicken barrier this weekend too. Take that, you biddies! We didn't fence the entire perimetre, so we'll see how long it takes a chicken's pea brain to figure out if they strut down the driveway and hop up the retaining wall, they could be up to their waddles in earthworms and fresh greens.
Using grass mulch on the broccoli has worked wonderfully.
The potatoes are going nuts.
From bloomin' strawberries to
bloomin' huge blueberries to
our new boysenberries Moose planted next to our new blueberries and existing 2nd year grape and our diabolical stretch of raspberries,
Our rhubarb was looking sad, until we mulched with some chicken coop goodness,
Saturday, May 22, 2010
These are some of my favourites: