The Bed

I told you we were going to try a little gardening this year, and since Las Vegas soil sucks, we decided to go with the “above ground planter box” route.  Russell built the box (thanks to some plans from Sunset magazine) out of redwood last week, and this week we finally selected a spot and filled it with some nice organic soil specifically for growing vegetables.

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Wyatt in the before picture

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The girls helped move the rocks

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It’s important to stay hydrated!

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Sorry for anyone dealing with those extreme winter temperatures. But this is when it is nice to live in Las Vegas! 65 and sunny in January!

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Who else thinks this should be an ad for Carhartts?

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filling the box with soil

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It was very exciting

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We took a minute to learn about compost and the cycle of our food. The parts we couldn’t eat become food and nutrients for our plants, which we will then get to eat.

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Mixing it all up! They had so much fun trying to pick out what foods they saw in the compost.

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The girls showing off the bed in the after picture.

Published in: on January 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

A New Sprout

No, we’re not pregnant again if anyone wondered that. For any new followers, we called Wyatt “Sprout” while I was pregnant with him since we didn’t find out his gender until delivery. The sprout I am talking about is the more traditional sense of the word. We decided we are going to try out our green thumbs and see if we can grow some of the food we eat. I like it because we will be able to control more what goes into the kids’ bodies and Russell likes it because we become less dependent on others to provide for our family. The only trouble is that I stink at keeping things alive, especially in plant form. I think I both under-water, and over-water so not matter what I try I end up killing everything. I just can’t seem to find that middle ground between dehydration and drowning. Nevertheless our journey has begun. Russell is building an above ground planter bed (just one for now but hopefully many more in the future) and we started some seeds inside in egg cartons. We have had a few little guys poke through already. Currently we have one cherry tomato sprout and 3 1/2 cauliflower. I am calling one a half because it may already be on the verge of me killing it. It just isn’t as perky as the others. We also have started seeds for carrots, green beans, peas, lettuce, zucchini, and squash. I’m all about honesty over here so I will definitely try to post about our successes and failures along the way.

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If anyone has experience with this please send some tips my way. I think I’ll need all the help I can get!

Published in: on January 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Growing

We are starting to get a few fruits ready to eat off our new trees. It is a learning experience as far as how long to let them sit. I want to leave them long enough to ripen just right, but it seems that the birds don’t mind so much and start to pick at them before they are ready. :/ I can’t wait until we have more than we can eat and don’t mind sharing with our winged friends, but with only a dozen apricots on each tree I am not feeling in a generous mood.

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The plum tree will not be giving us any fruit this year I believe and that is alright with me for now. These things take time. Our figs however are going to be super producers! There are already so many baby figs growing. Each branch is just popping with fruit.

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We have also had an unexpected growth in our front yard. Russell transplanted a rose bush from the back and when he put it out front he added some of our compost we have been working on for a few years. Almost immediately something started growing next to it. I assumed it was a weed because it grew so quickly, but when we were told it looked like a member of the squash family we decided to let it grow and see what happened. We eat lots of zucchini and yellow squash so parts are constantly thrown into the compost. We’d love to have some home grown veggies, especially with so little effort put in. I have not found it very easy to identify our plant by the leaves or flowers, but man alive this thing is out of control.

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I am guessing it is actually a pumpkin based on it’s size and the size of the leaves.

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Look at how it has taken over the poor rose bush!

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I guess time will tell what, if anything, will grow for us.