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Down on the Farm #2

Here are pictures from the weekend after her party.

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Goal progress and Seedling update

BEFORE-
moving all my craft stuff into my hope chest.

I’ve not mentioned much about my progress on the goals I listed because… well, there really hasn’t been much to mention. This weekend I should be able to get a great portion of my organization project done. What a weight will be lifted once this is accomplished! I got a jump start on it tonight. Here are some pics, and of course I managed to sneak in some pics of my seedlings (day 26 – almost a month old, eek!).

another BEFORE picture.
Also, two filled file boxes of yarn in my closet – I need to get organized so I can get back into crochet and use it up!

Where it was previously housed.
Finally cleaning out the bottom of the “Narnia Closet”

Available space

AFTER-
filled it up, with room for a few more things.

another AFTER picture.
hope to use up some of what’s in here and move on to new projects, finally…
sewing machine fit, too – score!

The only things that didn’t fit.
If I don’t finish the book page wreath project by June 1st, it’s staying in that trash bag and going out to the curb.
Found a use for the baskets.

Seedlings, pineapple and aloe plant.

I had used the top of the hope chest for my seedlings as of last week, and here’s a peak at how they’re coming along.  Getting big!!

Pineapple plant.
This Oct it will be 2 years from harvesting a pineapple, so another should be on its way *very* soon!

It’s getting so big!

Aloe!

What kind of esthetician would I be without the above plant?!?

Will be planting these babies this weekend.

Melons, Lettuce, Herbs, and a few flowers.
Planting this weekend.

I’m so loving this grow-your-own-food thing!

I think next year I’ll add cucumbers and tomatoes to my deck garden.  Apparently, they’re easier plants and what most people start growing.  Not melons. Oops!  I also have some squash seeds that I hope to start in my greenhouse soon, so I may have them for Fall.

Do you have any recommendations on what to add to my garden?

Lion King cake, Gracie’s 4th birthday

We celebrated Gracie’s 4th birthday this weekend, and one of my favorite things about these celebrations is having the honor of making her (and Mason’s) themed birthday cakes.  This year she choose Disney’s Lion King.  Below are picture of the cake-in-making, and some from her party.  She got a trampoline and I got to “pop” her like popcorn.  Good times!!

cake progress

tried something I saw on pinterest to keep the cake moist. not sure it worked; maybe should have looked it up and not simply read the caption.

Scraps from evening out the cake and saved for Pride Rock.

I felt like Bob Ross (sans fro) whilst decorating - "happy little tree" and all.

 

yep, my brother is a dork! 😉

Mom and Mason-Doo snuggling.

trampoline water and picture break. we had so much fun!

 

It was a lovely day with lovely weather!

Seedlings, Day 13

Here are pictures of the seedlings at Day 13 (Saturday).  I moved some into new containers.

I finished planting the cilantro and basil, but didn’t take a final picture.

Love watching them grow and change.  One of the melons looks like it’s about to flower – exciting!

Six days of seedlings

Here are a few pictures from this past week documenting the seedlings growth – it was so fast!  Can’t wait to plant them!

Day 2

you can start to see a few popping out

Day 3

starting to see more.

Day 4

I love observing the different growth rates.

Day 6

I’m going to need to figure out where to plant some of these soon 

I can’t wait to see the growth this week holds!

Happy Earth Day!

Today, I celebrated Earth Day by gardening in the rain.  Added one purple-flowered plant and mulched. (I also let my photo program auto-correct the color in the pictures – hopefully they’re ok)

Hope you were able to get your hands dirty somehow today, too!

startin’ some seeds to sow

And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.  Genesis 1:11

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”  Genesis 8:22

For my niece’s upcoming 4th birthday, I wanted to get her a seed starter.  I looked on Amazon.com and found something I liked, but when I went into Target this weekend, there it was!  I found some really great seeds, too, but I want to keep some of them a surprise from my family, so I’ll have share them with you after her birthday party.

I splurged and bought myself a larger one, as it’s something I’d been wanting for a while.  Not expensive, and so fun when you think of all you can do with it.  I planted lots of flowers and a few edibles, including two herbs.  Not quite sure where those few edibles will end up (someone didn’t think ahead very well… oops!), but it’s a fun learning experience all the same.  Assuming this works out well, I bought some cucumber seeds and loofah seeds, in the hopes to turn them into Christmas presents, but I can get more into that in a few months.

There are several photographs of the self-watering seed starter I purchased for me, with photos of the contraption and how it works.  You know, just in case you decide to join in on the fun!

starter kit

on top is the mat that allows this kit to claim it’s self-watering; you’ll see…  also, it hangs over the side to absorb water in the bottom of the tray.

this was the best container i could find, at the time, though when I thought about it later, a baking dish would have probably been better to fully submerge it – next time!

the mat goes down on top, and then the part of the kit with the seed cells goes on top of the soaked mat.  a hole in the bottom of the cell allows the dirt to absorb water continuously.

it’s important, that as you’re setting the kit together that you keep the pellets flat, so when they expand after you add water, they go up and not across; causing pressure and making it extremely difficult to break them up later to add seeds.

wrong way:

right way:

aren’t they cute little things?

pellets expand when you add water

after you’ve broken them apart in their cells, take a pen (or a similar object – even your finger) and create a hole in the center for your seeds.  I found the pen worked great to give me just the right size.

look hard!  do you see them? seeds!!

cover the hole, and ta-da!  seeds are planted.

be sure the mat stays damp.  the kit claims the water will last for 10 days, but i have my kit near the sliding glass door to get lots of sun, so i wouldn’t be surprised that with said warmth if it evaporated sooner than 10 days.

these are the fun seeds that will surprise my family – I love how they look like tiny river pebbles.

and while I was planting seeds, I saw through my screen door a mommy and daddy cardinal feeding a baby (probably a fledgling) that was just chilling on a branch.  so cute!!

 

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Matthew 6:26

 

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