Posts tagged ‘garden’

April 24, 2011

Mmmmmm…beans!

Green beans, that is. That’s right, those green beans we supposedly planted too early (see here) are still doing fine, and this past weekend, we saw our first bean. Look at how cute it is.
 

 
I feel like the proud mama of a new baby, only I plan on eating this baby, so I guess that’s a horrible analogy.

Not only are the green beans doing well, the zucchini, broccoli and carrots have all gotten fairly big. And, I just moved the tomato and onion plants we started indoors to their new home outside. We replanted the pepper seeds, but they still did not sprout. We’ll just have to try again next year seeing as our goal in life is to grow everything we need to make fresh pico de gallo. We dream big!
 

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March 7, 2011

Sprouts

Today, as I write, I have an enormous smile on my face. Over the past week, we have started to see our vegetable garden grow, and I’m over the moon about it. I know, I’m a huge dork, but seriously, it’s very exciting!! So much so, I found it necessary to call Alex at work to inform him of this news. And now, we can’t stop going outside to look at our new little green babies.

We ended up planting one row each of zucchini (pictured at left), carrots, green onions, broccoli and green beans. We keep being told we planted the zucchini and green beans too early, so we were very excited to see that so far everything is growing and doing well. As this is a learning experience for us, we now know to keep our eye on the zucchini and green beans, and if necessary, we can always replant them in a month or so.

We also planted tomatoes, onions, and peppers in small pots in the house. And by small pots, I mean cans, jars and plastic containers we pulled out of the recycling bin. So far, everything except the peppers are growing, but I’m not going to let that get me down. Not when there is so much other growth happening.
 

Here is close-up shot of the rows in our garden. If you look closely, you can see some green sprouts. We still have a million leaves in our backyard. I’ve mentioned the plethora of leaves before here.
 

Here’s a shot of one of our tomato sprouts that we keep inside during the day. And we just planted those seeds one week ago!
 

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February 14, 2011

One step closer

After an amazing trip to NYC, we arrived back in Texas, greeted with beautiful weather. So we got right back into garden prepping. Unfortunately we got a bit of a late start, so I’m not posting a new picture to show the progress. It doesn’t look like we did much of anything, but my sore body says we did.

We began with a quick run to Lowe’s to get everything we would need to finish the garden. We bought a couple different kinds of compost, some stakes and twine, and of course, seeds! Less than $40 later, we were on our way home. The kiddos came along, which makes every quick errand a little less quick. So by the time we got home and got started, we didn’t have much daylight left. Take a look at the original image, and then imagine bricks dug slightly into the ground, lining the entire space. And also imagine the ground filled with nutrient rich soil just waiting for seeds to be planted.

I’m happy with the progress we made and we hope to have it completely finished by the end of the week. Also,  I was able to take this sweet picture of my boys…always a plus!
 

 

February 1, 2011

The Garden of Egner

After my post about the yard yesterday, I’m really excited to talk about the progress we made this past weekend. It just happened to be 70 degrees in the middle of winter, so Alex and I took advantage of it and got to work on our soon to be vegetable garden.
 

 
I know it doesn’t look like much, but had I remembered to take a BEFORE shot, you’d really be able to see the work that we did. So I’ll just tell you about it instead. We chose this corner of the yard because it is one of the only areas that receives direct sunlight for a good amount of the day. (We are starting with a small garden for now, in order to test the area and make sure it really does receive enough light.) The entire chain link fence was covered in English Ivy coming from our neighbor’s backyard. We tore it all out. And do you see that pile of bricks? Well, that’s just the leftovers. We moved a ton of random bricks from that corner of the yard. Not sure why they were there to begin with, but after digging them all up and stacking them nicely behind the shed, we realized we had enough to start another backyard project…a walkway. Yippee! Starting a garden is basically free, other than the seed, and now a project we thought was going to cost a bundle, won’t cost much at all thanks to a little hard work (and dumb luck).

The worst part about digging those bricks up—which I mostly did myself, thank you very much—was not knowing what kind of creatures were living underneath. There was a lot of screaming and running involved when a few spiders, centipedes, and even snakes came crawling out. But I was a big girl and got right back to work—after my heart rate returned to normal.

So the walkway will come later after a little more planning, but we got the area for the garden cleared out. And since we had so many bricks, we used some of  them to form a border around the space. Next, we’ll just have to till the soil and plant the seeds.

You have no idea how excited I am about this small amount of progress we made. I’m already dreaming of all the yummy foods I’m going to make with our plethora of fresh veggies.
 

January 31, 2011

Schooled by Mother Nature

In my very first post for this blog, I showed a glimpse of our backyard full of trees (see here). When we first saw this house, we fell in love with the trees and the size of the yard. We had seen other houses with decent (more normal) sized yards that were nicely landscaped and only needed the addition of patio furniture. But there was something about the potential we saw in this particular backyard that got us excited. We knew it needed work, but we didn’t mind. Even the 17 mosquito bites my legs received during our first look at the house couldn’t deter us.
 

 

Then, we moved in. And we quickly realized that all though trees are pretty to look at and they provide a lot of shade, having a forest for a backyard comes with a few problems. (The image above doesn’t even show half of the trees, but it’s the only shot we took of the backyard after moving in.)

Problem #1: Roots in the plumbing.
After 6 hours of listening to a jackhammer destroy the bathroom connected to my office (while trying to work) the roots are gone…for now.

Problem #2: Grass actually needs a little sunlight in order to grow.
Too much shade, and you get a backyard full of dirt and sticks without a single blade of grass in sight.

Problem #3: Leaves!
Trees are pretty during the spring and summer, but then autumn comes, and suddenly your dirt and sticks are covered by millions and millions of leaves.

Problem #4: Trees need to be pruned.
The previous owners obviously hadn’t touched those trees at all. My poor husband spent a lot of time back there pruning what he could reach. And we ended up with a crapload of firewood. In case you don’t know how much wood a crapload is: crapload of firewood = 4 pickup trucks filled to the top.

But even through all of this, we know deep down in our hearts that we can turn it into a yard that we enjoy spending time in. And we are determined to do just that.