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Garden Update: June

Things are really starting to grow over here and I couldn’t be more excited!

View from above:

Do we still have a lot of work to do? Yes. Are we happy with what we’ve done so far? Yes! It won’t be long before all the grass is covered or gone mwahahahaha

Let’s start wit the aparagus bed, the square one at the top of the big picture. They look like tiny trees! There’s a lot of tiny weeds moving in, which is only weird because it’s the highest of all the raised beds. I also think a colony of tiny ants may have moved in, but they don’t seem to be bothering the asparagus so I’m not too worried about it.


The first bed I planted is still doing well (left rectangle in the horse shoe), with purple bean plants, a purple tomato plant, and a purple pepper plant. Last year, my peppers didn’t produce anything so I’m hoping to at least get a tiny little pep. This is also my first time with tomato since middle school.

We have a groundhog that lives in our back rock wall, and he rolled out one day and ate almost my entire kale plant! I started spraying it with a mix of water and mashed up hot peppers (thanks, internet!) and he hasn’t been back for more. The kale made a full recovery, and it’s lettuce neighbor is growing like a weed! I was worried that all the lettuce would be ready to pick at the same time but they’re coming along at different speeds.

I just added a couple of cucumber plants in with the lettuce, and a couple of little pepper plants. The cucumbers are just poking up now.

The back bed in the horse shoe has carrots, broccoli, green onions, and a couple other small pepper plants. My first broccoli plants didn’t make it, so I got these in the ground right when they started poking out of their peat pots and they’re looking good and healthy and not wilty and sad.

Around the raised beds (and what will eventually be the other side of a path) we have barrels of flowers. I got a couple of Dahlia plants:

These things:

I don’t know what they are or if they’ll come back next year but they were pretty. I mixed in some nasturtiums with some of the pots and in some of the veggie beds because I read that they can help keep beetles and other pests away. Also, I can’t pronounce their name and I keep calling them “the nast-things.” And then I have a couple of small, long beds with marigolds in them. They’re just fluffing out now, I’ll start them earlier next year, but they’re also supposed to help with pests. And they’re pretty (when they bloom):


What’s next? Well, a shed! In the far back corner, near the compost barrel, we’re going to put the shed. We’re ordering one so that some strangers can assemble it in a few hours for us instead of having to spend a weekend + who knows how long putting one together. And we’ve mapped out a path with sticks and string. It’s going to lead from our front steps to the shed, and we still have to dig up the grass for it.

And once the path is in place, I’ll start planning more flower beds, bird feeders, and a second bird bath.

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The Breakfast Nook

We had a dining table and corner bar that we mostly used to hold cookbooks, junk, mail, and occasionally actual trash. It was a wasted area that we didn’t enjoy, and Fluff was nice enough to scratch the back of one of the dining chairs to shreds. I love me a good restaurant booth and always opt for one when we go out, so Norm and I talked about how amazing it would be to have a restaurant booth at home. Then we set about crafting something long those lines.

The table and benches came as a set from Wayfair, and we purposely stuck everything in the corner to 1) open up the space and 2)make the wall seat more booth-like! That’s my side (in the not-winter. In the winter, the wall makes it VERY cold and I will not sit there).

We got the hanging lamp from Ikea, and ordered a push button switch for it from Amazon.

I ordered what I THOUGHT was green fabric from JoAnn’s to make the curtains, but the blue turned out to complement the green lamp. We had floor to ceiling sheers but we wanted something a little more “window-at-a-pizza-place.” And the hanging planters have basil and a jade plant, just out of Fluff’s reach because she is a plant snacker.

We set the table with a napkin holder we had and Mrs. Salt and Mr. Pepper shakers that we got for our wedding! We try to keep the water pitcher full so we never have to get up for more water during a meal.

 

The space was complete when we added the Norm & Kerry Lego painting- also a wedding gift, from Norm’s high school friend, Joe! His work is incredible and I’m so happy to have a piece for our home.

And of course, since everything in our house is a cat toy, Fluff has a lot of fun with the napkins!

First Trip to York

We spent the weekend in York, Maine to celebrate our friends’ wedding! Usually we stay in Ogunquit so it was nice to have a reason to try somewhere new. We stayed at the Union Bluff Hotel and had a great view of the water and the beach.

We got salt water taffy from The Goldenrod, had pizza at Woody’s, and grabbed ice cream from Wicked Good Ice Cream.

Our friends rented a house right on the water for the celebration. It had a million rooms, a million and one balconies, and ocean on 3 1/2  sides. It felt like the edge of the world. It was magical.

It was a super fun weekend and we’re already talking about going back!

Garden Update- May

We got the raised beds started! We didn’t get enough soil, and that square one in the back doesn’t have a permanent home yet. But we have a pallet of soil waiting in the driveway, with a couple of cedar flower barrels for some perennial flowers.

So far, the green beans, carrots, and broccoli have moved into the front beds. The beans are THRIVING! And the carrots and broccoli look very dead. I started more carrots in peat pots, but I also have enough seeds left to start a row right in the soil, and thin them out as they pop up. I’m going to give them a couple of weeks and see what happens.

None of the peppers I started sprouted, and all their peat pots molded! Out of everything, they are the only ones that got gross so I don’t know what I did wrong. They got the same amount of water and same amount of light. I started a few more and I’m hoping a couple of them take. A local farm (J&K’s Good Thyme Farm!) has a plant sale coming up so if mine don’t sprout I can shop local and get some there!

We added a bird feeder to the front, moved the strawberry plants into the back yard raised bed, and I relocated my Lily of the Valley again.

And we’re planning a shed for the front corner of the yard, with a path to it from the front steps. If all goes according to plan, we won’t have any front grass to worry about by next year!

2019 Garden

Last year, I had a little 4×4 raised bed in the back yard. I tried my hand at carrots, beets, cucumbers, sweet peppers, and green beans. I didn’t thin my carrots so they ended up in jumbled clumps, I only had 3 bean plants so we never had enough to go with a meal, the pepper plants didn’t grow above 3 inches, one of the two beets died, and the cucumbers were amazing!

(oops)

I’m excited to step up my game this year. The front yard has the best light, and we hate the grass, so the plan is to fill the space with raised beds and flower pots, eventually. It’s something that I want to build up to, adding a little every year JUST IN CASE I lose total interest in this hobby. I don’t want to invest in a full-yard garden and then next year be like, “Oh, I’m actually onto swim aerobics now and don’t have time for plants.” We decided to start with three 6×3 raided beds and put them on the flattest part of the yard, and then get some half-barrels to start perennial flowers. We have a terraced area next to the fro

 

nt steps currently full of weird bushes that I’m going to replace with a few Lily of the Valley (snagged from my parents’ yard, which my mom snagged from her parents’ yard). Eventually, they’ll spread out and fill the whole area with beautiful white flowers in the spring, and then lush green leaves for the rest of the summer. Plus, they’re very low maintenance!

I ordered a grow light and started my seeds in the basement this year.

Last year, I started them on the kitchen table in late spring as as soon as they started to sprout, Fluff started to snack on them! They’re much safer in the basement, albeit colder, and when it starts to warm up I’ll move them to the deck. We already have a few little sprouts: broccoli, malva, lupine, and some beans are starting to poke through.

As for the small bed in the back yard, I don’t know if I want to try asparagus, which seems like a fun challenge, or do some kind of terraced strawberry area. Luckily, I have some time to figure it out before I start digging in the dirt.

 

Weekend Away

We spent my birthday weekend in North Conway, New Hampshire and stayed at the Adventure Suites Hotel!

Last time we stayed here, we were in The Club room because we booked it like a week in advance and it was either that or the Wolf room. It was a cool room with a full sound system, light up dance floor, 8 person hot tub, two bathrooms, and a dance cage.

This time, we had a few more options and chose the smaller and cozier Wine Cellar. The bathroom looks like the inside of a wine barrel, the tub looks like one of those barrels for grape-squishing, and even the kitchen had barrels and wine-related decorations in it.

 

We had a cool view of the mountains out the back room, but it was freezing with a biting wind so we didn’t spend a lot of time outside.

Had a yummy birthday breakfast at Glen Junction! Lemme tell you, their train fries can’t be beat.

And then I stopped taking pictures! We hit up Mystery NH and did the Donner Diner escape room, caught the Lego Movie 2, and had dinner at the Muddy Moose. Our waitress gave us free cookies! Presumably because we were nice to her and the table next to us were basically monsters.

Fluff Friday 11

Just napping.

Our librarian, sleeping at her post.

This is not an invitation for a belly rub! This is a bear trap!

“What was that?”

“Please go away. I don’t want to be brushed.”

 


Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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