Happy 35th birthday, BriBear! We love you so very much!
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
While Brian was away in Columbus over the weekend, I decided it was time to finally plant my pumpkin, gourd, and squash garden. This is my very first garden, and I am so excited to see what comes (hopefully something) in the next 3-4 months!
Above, you can see my pumpkin mounds. Each mound contains 5 seeds, and once they sprout, I will have to trim them back to 2-3 plants per mound. Also, I read that one should always plant a flower border around a pumpkin patch to encourage pollinators to come. I thought nasturtiums and marigolds would be a good choice for the border. I sure hope something grows in this little garden of mine (and not just weeds)!
Friday, May 29, 2015
Porter has officially graduated from preschool! He has worked hard this school year and has learned a lot. Here he is receiving his diploma from his teacher, Mrs. Hunter:
Way to go, Porter! We are so proud of you! Although you were sad to leave your classmates and teacher today, we know you are going to LOVE kindergarten in the fall.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
On Tuesday, Porter accompanied Grandpa Gauder to pick up 8 just-hatched Buckeye chicks from Polk, Ohio. Porter is just in love with these chicks and is convinced that we need to get a few ourselves.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Here's Brian tilling our garden area for the second time. It's just about ready for us to plant our gourd, pumpkin, winter squash, and painted corn seeds for fall. Yay!
Also, against the wall, we have our 6 blackberry bushes (3 Prime-Ark Freedom Primocane and 3 Ouchita Thornless) growing quite well. Exciting times!
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Although that sounds simple enough, this task has proven to be anything but! Brian has had to dig a 105' trench that needs to slope downward.
The good news is that if anyone could take on a task like this, it's Brian. He has the ditch dug and is now ready to install the drain and pipe. What a stud!
Check out the video below:
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Since the day we moved into our forever home here in Orrville, I have been looking forward to planting blueberries and red raspberries in our south yard. It has just seemed like the perfect place to put these bushes, and our family just LOVES to eat berries!
After a great deal of tilling on Brian's part, today is finally the day for our berry bushes to be planted. We have 8 blueberry plants (2 Patriot, 2 Chandler, 2 Herbert, and 2 Elliot) that will be planted at the top of the wall, and 12 red raspberry plants (1 Fall Everbearing, 1 Latham, 3 Jaclyn Primocane, 3 Heritage, 1 Taylor, and 3 Prelude) that will be planted at the bottom of the wall.
Although we're 2-3 years away from actually getting to enjoy our blueberry crop, I know they are going to be worth the wait and effort.
Bring on Smoothie Sundays!
We planted two apple trees this year, one GoldRush and one Enterprise (which is pictured below with Miss Stella).
We're 5-6 years away from when we can eat the apples off these trees putting Porter at 10, and Stella at 7. It's sounds like a long time off, but judging how fast my children seem to be growing, I know it will be here before we know it.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015
Look what my good friends, Bart and Lori, gave me as an early birthday present! They know my desire to have kitchen cabinets well-stocked with Le Creuset cookware and bakeware (my dream which is no where near a reality).
Thanks, Bart and Lori! Love you guys!