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Finally Morning Glories!  I have been waiting ages for this plant to finally bloom while it’s been growing like crazy.  They’re just as lovely as I had hoped for. In the meantime… bugs of some kind have been destroying my tomatoes and I’m not sure what to do… I’ve tried homemade remedies, but apparently not the right kind, so I hope it’s not too late to try something else. It looks like a lady bug has arrived on it’s own to help with the aphid issue I’ve been having with the jalepenos, however. On a sidenote, apparently I left one of the peppers on the plant longer than I meant to. That thing was HOT!  I felt so bad after Josh bit into a small slice and discovered they were more fiery than he likes. I actually only managed a few slice myself and then it was just more painful than tasty.

We ended up having a really nice weekend overall… things have been on the stressful side, so we had a really fun spontaneous day yesterday. We had planned on going to the Pioneer Village in Hastings, but didn’t spend as much time there as we thought we would, so we stopped at a winery on a whim afterwards and did a full tasting and just relaxed and talked for an hour or two and then decided to go to Dave and Busters for dinner and games. As always, we spent more than we meant to, but walked away with yet another kitchen appliance (Quesadilla maker) and a disco ball lamp… we had to use the tickets on something, right? :p

Our little piece of quiet

I’d say our back deck is finally complete – we have a table and chairs that is big enough for two and still leaves ample room for my experimental container garden, our grill, and sunning space for the cats.

Granted, it’s been so hot the past few days we haven’t really used it yet. Let’s hope for good weekend weather so we can actually break it in! I’m looking forward to drinking my morning coffee out there this weekend while watching the corn field.

Things I’ve learned about container gardening: I need bigger containers!  I am thrilled at the first sighting of peas, though, and our carrots are getting bigger by the day it seems, as well as the tomatoes and onions.

Now, I just have to wait patiently for the jalapenos and straweberries. We had one berry, but nothing since, though the strawberry plants are growing like crazy. We also discovered that if you let brocolli flower it’s really quite pretty, which was a nice surprise and lessened the blow that we missed harvesting time.

I also didn’t realize that spinach would flower… I thought it would be a bit more like lettuce, so for next year I’m going to do more research and actually learn a bit more about everything we’re growing. It’s been a lot of fun eating our own lettuce, though, and all of my flowers are really taking off, so I’d say our garden so far has been a success and next year it shall be even more glorious!

Happy Hump Day!

How can it be Wednesday already?

It was a very busy weekend once we decided to completely rearrange house – well, 3 rooms anyway. Why, you ask? Maybe it was the need of a new project… it just seemed like the right thing to do. We’re still in a bit of disarray, but we’re both happy we decided to take both our office and guest room/game room and combine them into one, in what used to be our very large master bedroom. Sure, we lose some closet space, but it’s a move that makes sense. So, now we have a semi-empty second bedroom to work with once we actually finish moving closets around and purging ourselves of some stuff.

We also got the oil changed in my car on Saturday, which will happen after driving 4500 miles in less than two weeks. While that was being taken care of, we decided to finally visit Cabela’s and pick up a few things to make our camping this summer a little easier, and to get Josh a new fishing rod. I’m really looking forward to camping this year, and so far we have June and July covered, so we’ll have to plan something for August as well, and hopefully more than that. We’ve decided to go camping for our first anniversary, and we’re both looking forward to relaxing for a weekend. We have a boat rented and a site reserved on Lake… something or other, and it shall be glorious.

Otherwise, we also picked up some pretties for our front porch and deck! I should have taken pictures when it wasn’t still gloomy from the rain, but you get the idea for now. 😉 Marigolds galore (my favorite) and a few other bright and cheery flowers that make the front door a tad more inviting and add even more color to our back deck. We are greatly enjoying our fresh lettuce, only there’s almost too much of it!  I think we’re going to need to eat two salads a day! :p

Springtime!

Hooray for warmer weather and gardening! I got as early of a start as I could in the garage, a weekend or two ago.  The wind was just too cold for me to sit in, and try to put plants and seeds in pots.

Once it started warming up, though, it was much easier to continue, and now we’ve got quite a little garden started with a ton of lettuce that I’ll need to thin out – those and the Morning Glories are the only seeds to have sprouted so far – We’re waiting on carrots and spinach and… something else. :p

Otherwise we have a tomato plant, some peppers, broccoli, strawberries, and some grass for the cats to munch on when they’re outside with us. I’m so excited for everything to start really growing, and only hope they make it through any upcoming storms.  We’re supposed to get a big one tomorrow night, so I’ll be moving them against the house under the overhang… hopefully that will be enough.