You may have noticed that it has been a while since I posted (you may not have, I know how it is with a busy life :)).
The reason for the long break in posting is because the Random family has moved! We moved 5 minutes north of where we were before but it was just enough to get us out into the country. We absolutely love our new house. It is almost twice as big as our old house (if you count the basement, which we do because it is totally usable). And we now have 3/4 acre of land for the kids and us to play with. We have a huge garden this year and we have ambitious plans to have chickens next year and possibly a sheep, cow, or goat at some point. We are trying to work our way toward a more self-sustained, nature based life.
We love our new house but it is a lot of work. We are remodeling the kitchen, living room, and bathroom. We are still working on unpacking, and getting everything situated. And I am growing a garden, not just a garden, a huge garden. A garden so big I never thought I would be able to fill it, but I did, and am expanding it.
The house came with a lot of established fruit producing plants 2 apple trees, two pear trees, a cherry tree, a huge grapevine, and lots of raspberry plants and several other plants. And it came with a huge garden plot just waiting to be filled (well tilled and filled since by the time i got around to working the garden the weeds had taken off like crazy, thank goodness my mom owns a tiller).
I have done a lot of work in the garden and I am very proud of how well it is doing so I might just post about it regularly (or I might not because I am crazy busy working on it. On days where I can't work in the garden I try to go out once a day just to look at everything. It is so peaceful and God filled, and I cant believe it is growing and it will give us food. It is amazing how much I enjoy gardening. I hated gardening as a kid, I mean really hated it (I talked about this in my gardening post last year too), I would choose cleaning the house over gardening (because it was quicker and I didn't really understand the benefit of it. But now as an adult who is paying for all that food, and as a health conscious mama who wants to provide delicious additive and allergen free food for her family I see the benefit. And I have found the time to work on it. Little Man 1 is busy and active and loves to be outside. He would play outside all day if I would let him. So in the mornings I take him outside to play (he loves to play with the neighbor kids, we were blessed with built in playmates!) while Little Man 2 takes his morning nap. It works great all around!
Anyways I wanted to give you a little tour of my garden because I am proud of it and I love to show it off because I have worked so hard on it.
My Garden Tour
This side of my garden is the melons. There are cantaloupe, Watermelon and Honeydew over here, kind of mixed up. there is a row of watermelon in the middle and on either side because I got watermelon plants from 2 different nurseries and I want to see which ones I like better so I can buy those next year. This end of the garden didn't get tilled at first. Like I said, I did not think I would get anywhere near filling the whole garden so we only tilled the front 1/3 of the garden. when we went to till the 2nd time we didn't till the middle because of the burn pile, we tilled the sweet potato patch but it was a lot of work with the weeds having grown so much and it was late and buggy so we just tilled rows for the melons and left weed patches in between. And now the weeds are creeping in the rows again. So I need to weed some more.
You saw my weed control regimen in the previous pictures. I put down cardboard in between the rows and then put grass clippings around the actual plants. But I haven't had enough time and grass clippings to do this end of the garden yet. And as you can see it makes a big difference. There are still weeds at the other end of the garden but not as many as this end (and to be fair like i said this end did not have all the weeds tilled away like the other end did).
So there it is, my beautiful garden. I am so proud of it, and so blessed that God gave it to me. I am trying to do my best with it. I read somewhere that all of gardening is an experiment and I believe it, you try things and they work or they fail, you learn and perfect or move on. I have been learning little bits the last 5 years, and I am sure I will learn even more this year. And I am having a lot of fun with it! Thank you God for this opportunity!
Sorry this post was so long. Are you growing a garden this year? What did you plant? Any advice for me? Any questions (I don't know tons, but I will tell you anything I do know :) ).