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Showing posts with label Garden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Garden. Show all posts

Monday, June 19, 2017

Gardening with our DYI Cold Boxes

I really miss our gardens!
Moving here,we have to start all over.
One of the things I wanted in my new garden was Cold Boxes.
My son and I gathered all kinds of scrap wood around our house and got started on building our own.  We found three windows on the Facebook Marketplace which is very addicting.
I painted them with some outdoor white paint we had.
We planted some Kale from seed in one and English Lavender in the other.
Here is some squash, dill, and a hanging gourd all from seeds.
So here is the beginning of our new garden.
We have found that too many bunnies live in our yard!
They love my oregano.
Kale is growing and my daughter also is trying to grow some zinnias too!
Hubby also built the stone wall in the background.  A stone wall must have been there years ago, because we found all those stones hiding under the bushes.  Great find for us!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Early Summer Garden Update

They are calling for some severe storms in our area today.  I wanted to take some pics of my veggie garden's progress before any high winds damage it.
All the plants that I transplanted have taken well in their new spots.  
Maybe my thumb is getting greener :)
My son's potted Mint is doing well in the 'Greenhouse'.
As an experiment I planted some red potatoes that had sprouts on them.
I remember planting potatoes with my grandpa when I was younger, and we just threw them into some mounds.  That is what I did, and we have potato plants!  Now I have no clue when to harvest them. 
Any Suggestions???
Here is a pic of the garden a few months ago before my hubby added another small stone wall.
Here it is today with the new wall and some transplanted perennials. 
and here is last year's garden design
Spring 2012
Today 2013
We got some real gusty winds after I took these pics.  I heard the second batch of storms is suppose to be more severe than this one was this morning.
Have a great day :)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ah Spring! How I am Enjoying Thee!

Spring is here!
It's finally here!
We are not having a winter to summer kind of year.  I have actually been able to go for a walk with a jacket or sweatshirt and enjoy the beautiful spring blooms!
It has made playing  working in the garden so very enjoyable!
I transplanted some plants and rearranged a little bit in my garden.
I made some "new" twig fences for my gardens too.
I used all the branches from the other twig fence I made last year.  I wanted the fence to look neater.  So this is what I came up with.
Hopefully my little mower won't knock down my fence this year :)
This was my garden last year around this time.
Notice the messy twig fence.  It was fine until the little guy kept running into it with the lawn mower.
Here is my garden right now.
I am a little behind with the planting :(
We are also working on a solution so the little guy doesn't keep mowing the tops off my plants on that little bit of a hill above the rock wall.
Happy Mother'd Day to you all!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

DIY Greenhouse Out of Old Windows

At the end of last summer, my neighbor was replacing all of their six-pane windows.   As a good neighbor, I thought I would help take their trash off of their hands.  So embarrassing my kiddos, I walked across the street and asked them what they were going to do with them.  They were just going to throw them out, and they told me to take as many as I wanted.  I think I took nine.  I sold two without glass at my craft sale, and I had these five left over with the glass still in them.
Last fall I saw a greenhouse made out of windows, and I knew that I wanted to make one for my garden.
I used these "L" brackets to attach the side walls together on the top and bottom. 
  

I used my old cabinet hinges to secure the side wall to the roof, and I had bought a set of the rectangle hinges  to form the roof.
Here it is!
I had plenty of hands to help me: my mom and two of my boys.  I know there would have been shattered glass if I did it myself.  Our little greenhouse was tested the night we built it.  Our first thunderstorm brought strong winds and rain.
 But she is still standing with no broken glass.
I think I am the kind of person that has more fun decorating my garden rather than growing something :)  My son is so excited to grow more veggies, and I am more excited to plant "perty" flowers.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pallet Project #1

At our church's work party my oldest son was put in charge of throwing away some pallets.
My son knew how much I was wanting to try some projects using pallets and saw an opportunity for me to get some trash treasure.
Hubby and I drove in separate cars that night.
He went home first before my treasures were known to him.
Hubby wasn't too thrilled when he was trying to get them out of our van after three men strategically stuffed placed 3 pallets in my van.
At least I could still fit all the kiddos in the van, and we got home safely :)

Today I wanted to make some raised garden beds for my little garden.
The nails were very rusty.
The boards did NOT come off easy.
In fact, I ended up hitting my shin with a hammer twice in the same spot.
What crazy person does that and still insists on completing a project?
ME :)
I had my famous helper getting nails out of the boards.
Guess who?
Yep, my little buddy--always ready to work.
I know I did this all wrong, but I nailed the boards together.  
I probably should have used screws to attach them
It works for me.
We planted some onions and peas in them that a friend gave me.
Today was so lovely.
We have a total of 18 days of school left.

I love this pic of their boots.
The bars remind me of a sort of prison that the kiddos have with school work, yet they want to be outside in the dirt.






Saturday, September 24, 2011

My New Veggie Garden!


What a wonderful Saturday it was! 
I cannot believe what we were able to accomplish today.
It is true many hands make light work.
 I love spending the day working on a project with the whole family.
It started off with different expectations.  
I was suppose to sew some things today for my craft sale.
My hubby and I got to talking about the big, bad dirt pile in the yard, and we decide to do something about it.


It has been there since July, when we had our pine tree taken down.
Hubby wanted to plant some grass, and I wanted to move my veggie garden.
The kiddos did such a great job at taking care of the garden this year--even though we didn't get  much from it.  I really wanted to get a bigger one and  to move it out into more sunlight.

So the kids and I started digging up the grass and transplanting it to part of that big, bad circle.



Next the boys gathered all the extra rocks that were around my "old" veggie garden and flower garden.
My hubby was going to build a stone wall next to my new veggie garden.
They worked hard and didn't complain one bit.


Here the rocks are in one place and we filled in part of that circle with grass.


Bessy took her turn at unloading dirt from my "old" veggie garden.  
She worked hard at shoveling and taking pics too.


Now hubby got to work on the wall with our oldest son.


Here is a pic of the area of the "old" veggie garden.
We transplanted some grass here, and I hope to transplant some plants that need divided.


Ah yes, the fence is gone.
I also moved that down to the new garden.
Wil cut down my big butterfly bush which was leaning too much from Hurricane Irene, and I used the branches to add to my fence.


My honey added the extra stones to make a little entry way for my garden.



I love it!


Children really are a blessing from the Lord.
My body is aching right now, but I can't imagine that I would have gotten half of that done today.
We started at 10am and finished at 4:15pm--WOW!

The other thing I am enjoying is the price of my new veggie garden--$0.00
FREE!!!

Have a Happy Sunday!
I hope I can move tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gardening... a Family Affair

It was such a cozy morning.  
The Kids and I were taking a break from school.
It started out with Harrison hoeing our little veggie garden--pulling up the weeds.


Look, we have more than one pepper and cucumber now!


The kiddos really enjoy taking care of the garden.

I went out to view the damage on my flower gardens from the hurricane winds.  My hubby had already cleaned up the big branches that fell and mowed the lawn.
I started pulling weeds in the lower garden.
Bessy started clipping flowers off of my Black-eyed Susans that were practically lying on the ground.


Harrison started raking. 
Miles started weeding the other gardens, and Bessy joined him.


Wilson started watering.


Miles informed me that they needed to buy me a pair of boots.
I seem to really enjoy "me ole flip-flops...Thank you!"

I went out to the front garden to weed and couldn't believe how much my new Butterfly bush has grown.  I almost lost both Butterfly bushes from the Hurricane winds.  They were almost lying down on the ground with the roots out.  I fixed them and hopefully they will be fine.
Here it is in May when I planted it:


Here it is today:


I am not the only one enjoying it.
Here is Mr. Bee lovin' the bloom.


My other flowers must have really enjoyed the rain that "Irene" brought us.


There are signs of Fall popping up in my gardens.
The Sedum is starting to color.
My Woods purple are bloomin'


My Fall Clematis is starting to bloom.


Yesterday. the kiddos and I partook of our first harvest--our ONE pepper :)
We joked around about how starved we would be if we were waiting to eat only out of our veggie garden.



Okay, I have always wanted to have a porch full of potted plants.  I have never been able to keep them alive in pots.  I moved this plant to the back porch because I thought it was dead--it really was brown.  My kiddos were playing Crochet one day and the ball flew (Thanks Gramcracker for teaching them how to "send"  :) ) and broke the pot; however, my plant has thrived without a secure pot!


Go Figure!

God Still uses Broken Vessels!

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