It’s been a really strange spring. We started out normal and then wham, two late frosts/freezes. It wasn’t good for my garden. All the pepper plants died and several of the tomato plants too. Luckily the hydrangeas are all right. I’ve seeded more tomato and pepper plants and hopefully we will still have a great garden, just harvesting a few things later than normal.
The true spring weather came a couple weeks ago and in our house that means weekend cocktails on the porch. Josh is usually working in his garage on some project or another and I’m either in the garden or doing something in the house most of the day. Come five o’clock we’re ready to kick back and relax.
The boys also enjoy cocktails on the porch. I fix them a pitcher of cocktails, some kind of bubbly juice and seltzer, add a skewer of fruit in a glass and they are as happy as can be. A plate of cheese and crackers and everyone is loving the weekend!
We finally got the garden up and going several weeks ago. It was a multiple weekend project. Josh tilled the entire garden, made the rows, added cow manure, placed the irrigation across the rows and then we put the tarp on top to minimize our weeds. THEN it was time to plant the seedlings or vegetables that go straight from seed.
It was an adventure! The boys helped do some of the planting. In their Easter baskets they received some carrot seeds, flower seeds, a shovel, small rake and a strawberry plant. They were so incredibly excited! Daddy took them out to plant everything while I cleaned up the brunch mess. His idea of adult supervision differs from mine….they did whatever they wanted so we have carrot seeds all over and flower seeds in the vegetable patch as opposed to the flower pots. They had fun though and that is what counts….I will get more flower seeds though!
For the past two Sundays we have been blackberry picking. Last weekend I took the boys out early Father’s Day morning and we had great success. I had my eye on some wild blackberry bushes that we always drove by on the way to preschool. I decided early Sunday morning was the best time to pick since these bushes are on a somewhat busy road with several manufacturing facilities, which means work traffic coming and going. Continue reading
I think I have may have mentioned before how our lettuce in the garden is done. Well that wasn’t completely true. You see, somehow we managed to miss the packet of arugula seeds when planting the garden. So I planted them a while ago and now we have arugula! It won’t last long since the temps are up on the 90s so I am enjoying it as often as possible.
Over the weekend we also had our first blackberries. It wasn’t enough to do much, especially since Jack kept eating them while I was trying to pick them without getting too scratched up! It was enough, however, to put on a wonderful salad with arugula. I have had it a couple of times this week it is so simple and delicious.