Ahhh. . . it’s a sunny Saturday here in the Northwest and we are doing a lot of . . .nothing. It feels good. The kids are running around the backyard, I’ve got Pandora radio blaring and life is simple and good. I’m thankful for it.
Here is what’s happening in my backyard this week. . .
Nicer weather means the kids are outside more. Invest in a kid’s size table (look on craigslist, or at garage sales or Goodwill). I like to feed the kids lunch outside – means less clean up for me inside. And snacks, too! They like to pretend to have “tea” parties and have snacks at the table. This morning they were coloring outside. I don’t really care what they do – as long as they are getting fresh air and aren’t in front of the TV 24/7. Find some old kitchen supplies – like cupcake pans, colanders, spoons and bowls for the kids to play in the dirt with. My kids made dirt cupcakes for the “party” this morning.
The radishes that we planted a couple weeks ago popped up and are doing awesome. My daughter had pressure-washed them about a week ago, trying to be helpful watering them. So I was worried they weren’t going to come up – but they did!
When we keep the chickens out of the lettuce it’s amazing how quickly it grows! We harvested a huge bowl earlier this week and promptly ate it for dinner before I took a photo. It’s delicious.
And more lettuce. Don’t mind the nasty weeds growing along right beside them, we’ve been a little lax on weeding lately. I don’t really care much as long as something is growing. 🙂
Oh and I’m hap-pea about this one. Check out these beauties. The kids haven’t discovered them yet, so that’s why are still on the plant. 🙂 Hoping to harvest some of these this week. . .
I need your advice! This is my first time growing onions. Sweet Walla Walla onions to be exact. How do I know when they are ready to harvest?
And strawberries. Oh sweet strawberries. I love you. You grow even though you get no attention and you make me feel like I’m a superstar gardener, when really it’s all you. 🙂 Thanks for nourishing my chickens and kids.
They were even so good, we had to share some with our stuffed pig, apparently. And don’t ask me what’s she wearing. She dresses herself on days we don’t have to go anywhere. 😉
Just this week this yellow Lilly bloomed and I love it. It’s one of those potted plants we got as a gift last year and we planted it in the yard after it was done blooming. It survived and I’m glad it did.
And we have this beautiful climbing rose that just took off this week with blooms. It’s climbing up an old rusty windmill that was left by the previous owners of our house.
And I’ll leave you with this beaut. My kids each made one of these last week in a gardening class they took. It’s a pantyhose filled with sod and grass seed. Then watered regularly. It’s sorta gross. . . well I think really gross. When I picked them up from school yesterday I tried to accidentally forget these gems at school, but of course my son didn’t forget, “We can’t forget our grass caterpillars!” Oh yes, of course, silly me. Let’s bring those home and we’ll add to the list of things we have to mow. 🙂 I suppose this could be a fun and easy garden project if you have some extra panty hose and grass seed laying around. As long I don’t have to touch the soggy stockings, I suppose I don’t really care.
So that’s what’s happening in my backyard. Humor me and tell me what’s happening in yours. What’s going on in your yard this week?
I really enjoy your gardening posts! We live in a 2 bedroom condo which is great because there is no yard work but it also stinks because our deck faces north and I can’t grow a thing. We’ve started looking for houses and a yard with a potential for a garden is on my list.
Also I bet I will accidentally “forget” my daughter’s projects, too, when she is older. I ended my teaching career (or at least put it on hold) on Thursday to stay home and I often wondered how much of the stuff my 2nd graders took home would be in the trash or recycle after they went to bed.
Beth Johnson says
My daughter always dressed herself, if anything was too hideous it got last in the wash. Matter of fact, now she’s 17 and that sometimes still happens 😉 Her first grade teacher once commented on how she loved that I was never bothered by what Katie chose to wear. Pretty sure what that meant was my daughter looked like a hobo.
This spring we moved in to an older house with a ginormous yard that’s been neglected for a few year. Huge job here in the northwest! Yesterday I found some blueberry bushes under the blackberries, not sure how many since I haven’t finished yet. 2 huge piles of brush, and I’m about 1/3 of the way through that overgrown spot. My next project will be that arbor I can almost see under that other pile of vines. No ides what is growing on it!
Beth Johnson says
oops, LOST in the wash
Your yard looks great! I would love to get a kids table for outside….I want something better than a Step 2 plastic thing that my kids will grow out of in a year. You could say I’m holding out; or you could say I’m procrastinating 🙂 My kids have been known to walk around the house (and yard) in their PJ’s before…I think it’s great that you let her dress herself; at least she’s dressed!
I’m with ya on the grass caterpillars….creepy.