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the first day of spring

We celebrated the chilly temperatures with a little fire! Jon made the fire while I pushed the stroller around and around. Once the fire was going, and a nap was achieved, we enjoyed some toasty s’mores together. An excellent afternoon date in the backyard.

And those jumbo marshmallows- so big! Delicious, but comically large.

the strawberry patch

We added a strawberry patch to the garden! Isn’t it just the cutest little patch you ever did see.

We made the planter ourselves with our creative gardening skills. I really wanted a tiered circular planter, to add some visual interest to the garden. We had a hard time finding one that fit my landscape vision, so we made our own using some garden edging. Now its perfect.

strawberry patch

farmer muscles

We’re doing a little sprucing up in the backyard. The goal is to get the larger shrubs in this month, so they have plenty of time to get cozy. I also have some big plans for a new garden layout.

We needed some more mulch, and I was pretty impressed with myself for loading up, pushing, and unloading this whole cart of tree bits. In the 90 degree weather, concrete parking lot. My farmer muscles come back as soon as I need them. In my past life, I think I was a landscaper.

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rocks and plants

I have a working theory that everything I plant half dies, then, in its own sweet time, comes back to life and decides to grow. I am sure the crazy weather doesn’t help. If you left me outside in this, I would have to carefully consider coming back to life too. But I am happy to see our rock garden is finally starting to fill in a little bit. I also added that cactus in the pot for another layer, and he is just as happy as a clam there.


harvest day

Our winter vegetables were starting to look a little on the overgrown side, so we decided to harvest most of it. Except those brussels sprouts, we are gonna see how those play out. We got a ton of kale, and a bunch of little leeks. I am thinking maybe potato and leek soup? Or I found a couple casserole type dishes that used potatoes and leeks. Do you have any favorites??winter harvest

Now time to start the spring garden! We are definitely getting some tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. Tomatillos might be fun for salsa making too! We follow the planting suggestions here, and it looks like we have a lot to do.

weekends rock

Figuratively and literally. In between the rain showers, we were able to get outside and get to work on laying our rocks. I am forever thankful that the guy and I make a very good team! We aren’t quite half done yet, but so far, it it is going a lot easier, and looks much better, than we both thought. Its like giant Tetris, with a lot more shoveling.

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over the weekend

One of the biggest perks of having a house is also having a yard. We love us some yardwork. We finally bought a shovel this weekend, so we added a couple of shrubs and some new raised garden beds to our family!

If you have ever tried to dig in Austin dirt in the hot season, you will understand why I now have blisters all over my hands. My goodness, it was like digging a hole in cement.new plants over the weekendnew raised garden beds