Sunday, June 22, 2014

Garden Update 1

This is most of our garden space. We'll start all the way at the far end.

This volunteer cherry tomato (on the left) had to be trimmed up today. It was trying to fall over, it was so big and bushy. Gary's beefsteak tomato is on the right of the cherry tomato. And in front there is a volunteer squash. We aren't sure what variety it is yet.

The volunteer cherry is loaded with tomatoes, we are constantly harvesting from it!

A female flower on the volunteer squash. It's so pretty!

Gary has a beefsteak tomato growing finally! He's been antsy for it to start growing something since we planted it, he has plans to make luscious BLTs when harvest time comes.

The columbines that the kids got me for my birthday are starting to bloom again. They weren't doing so well when I put them into the ground, but thankfully they have bounced back!

We aren't sure what this is. It was growing in the ground next to the above cherry tomato early in spring. I potted it up and hoped we could figure out what it was. When it was in the ground, its seed was above ground and looked about the size of a pecan. I never got a photo of the seed. There are wild parrots around here, and we suspect that perhaps they dropped a seed into the yard, because nothing like that was there before this tree grew.

In this area we have spaghetti squash, pattypan squash and cucumbers.

Our first spaghetti squash.

This cucumber popped up overnight. And I found another cucumber starting down the vine. Homegrown cucumbers taste amazing!

These are Anabelle's strawberry plants. She's been able to harvest a few strawberries. We keep them covered with food tents because the birds go after the berries.

In between the strawberries and potatoes these little sweeties popped up! Anabelle planted a bunch of flower seeds, but because it's so hot out here, it's hard to keep seeds wet enough to germinate in the ground. These little ones made it!

Justin's potatoes. I think he started red and yellow organic potatoes.

These are white pumpkins grown from seed.

Above the white pumpkins is our neighbor's orange tree. These make great OJ. (Our neighbor also shares grapefruits and tangelos with us.)

This is our pumpkin patch. We planted seeds from carving pumpkins and pie pumpkins. But it seems like maybe only pie pumpkins are growing? lol.

We also have some bell peppers and habanero plants. And the pot is green onions I planted from kitchen scraps.

These are three more volunteer cherry tomato plants. They don't get much sun, so I don't know why they grow here. The larger one on the right (which blends in with the tree behind it) produces a decent amount of fruit, but the two smaller plants don't. (This planter has issues and is always wet.) I put a lot of manure and worm castings in the planter and it has helped the plants not look so pitiful anymore.

These are my grandmother's aloe plants. They really help out our sunburns and I hope to make some homemade natural products that I have recipes for.

A baby lizard that would *not* get off this chair. There are lizards of all sizes around here. They are great for eating bugs in the garden. :)

(The fences and pieces of wood strewn throughout our garden are to deter our dog from jumping up into the planters. Before we put plants in, he would jump up into them and sometimes dig.)

I added lots of pictures to our albums. I was very behind! One album is just for Legoland, I took way too many pics there, but it was fun!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Around the House

Anabelle likes to bring home nature from the park.

Anabelle's horses that she is still working on painting. She got these at Christmas.

Justin decided his LEGO figures looked better in the living room than his bedroom.

Finished these most recently. I just love bunnies!

Hubby found this for me at a gas station. Grumpy Cat Grumpaccino! We thought it was just too funny! (photos taken by Justin.)

On the back...

It didn't taste bad, but Starbucks is better. :-p

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

It's June Already!

Time flies around here it seems. Hard to believe it's now June, we've been out here almost one whole year!

Time for me to catch up again...

I won a giveaway from Tammy at Twin Creek Primitives!!

Thank you Tammy for all the wonderful goodies you made, I love them all! I just noticed the quilted runner is pretty much covered up in my photos, it's really beautiful!

The kids are not quite done with homeschool yet. We are also continuing through summer, but at a slower pace. We weren't able to cover much science and history so we'll be doing a lot of that this summer. The kids decided they want to learn all about our universe!

My grams is not doing well again. It may be her time to go soon, or maybe not. Only the good Lord knows. Hubby and I were in a car accident last week, someone wasn't paying attention and slammed our car from behind as we were pulling into a shopping center, which caused us to hit another car coming out of the shopping center. Our car was ruined and we haven't been able to go visit Grams. What a terrible thing to happen just as she gets worse! I have to remind myself that it's all in God's hands, and that He knows what He's doing! Hubby and I have spent the last week recovering from the accident, we were hit hard! But we are doing much better as each day goes by. The kids were not in the car that morning (8:40am) and I am very thankful for that.

So my computer seemed to have broken down. But now it's okay again... I'm not sure what happened! When it shocked me by starting up, it said it had recovered from a severe error *shrugs* I don't know what that means. But I thank God I can use it again. We're still looking around for a new laptop, and being careful about the specs, so far we haven't found one we'd be satisfied with.

And finally, in gardening news... we've got lots of little green pumpkins growing, three bell peppers we're waiting very patiently to ripen, and still lots of cherry tomatoes. Hubby's beefsteak tomato is finally growing some fruit as well. And Anabelle picked three strawberries! That was very exciting for her. I also finished cleaning out our worm bin today. It was very full when I started weeks ago. I've been putting their castings all over the yard, especially on Gram's hibiscus plants that have been attacked by white flies. Those nasty bugs are very hard to get rid of! Someone else had chosen to kill the white flies with a commercial poison that took six weeks to start working. With the dog, kids, and veggies we have around here, we chose to use organic methods instead and I believe it is working better than the nasty poison. To be on the safe side, we made sure not to plant anything edible near the hibiscus bushes which has limited our growing space. I'm not sure how long it takes for the poison to disappear from the soil. We don't want to take any chances on ingesting it.