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Friday’s Fotos: Hula, Proof, 3D, and Small Veggies

I usually put up Friday’s Fotos every week, but I didn’t last week for some reason…so these are from the past two weeks.

Maggie can Hula too!

Proof that there ARE "twin moments"

Logan showing off the 3D glasses we got from Avitar (yes, I kept them)

The following veggies came from our garden. I’m not sure why they are SO SMALL after having “cooked” for the right amount of time. Ah well – perhaps next year. πŸ™‚

Tiny Onions

Tiny Carrots

Friday’s Fotos: Tanned, Tomatoes, and Baseball

While changing Logan out of his swimsuit and into shorts, I just couldn’t get over his tan line! He definitely didn’t get his mom’s pasty skin…

Logan's tushy

We got our first tomatoes today! And these aren’t from either garden…they’re the ones that sprung up from where we had them last year … apparently, a tomato escaped and rotted into the ground to provide us with two more plants this year. Yeah! πŸ™‚

First Tomatoes of the Year

Burke and Maggie got their first baseball glovesΒ  yesterday!

Burke's New Baseball Glove

Maggie’s is pink and purple (See? You can be girly and sporty!).

Maggie's New Girly Baseball Glove

Lessons Learned

So, we’re new to this whole gardening thing. I mean, sure, I watched my dad plant his football field-sized garden when I was a kid…and helped pick things… And we had some tomato plants the past two years… But this year we actually PUT a garden in. Well. Two gardens.

A football field-sized garden is a wee bit daunting, and a Square Foot Gardening book landed in my lap at Christmas, so that’s the way we decided to go (at least for one of the gardens). It’s amazing to me the difference in the two gardens – the one we put in first is actually taking longer to grow (and we even – mistakenly – put cucumbers in both)! And the loam we used is incredible. I don’t think I’ve seen beans grow faster. We’re definitely using loam again next year!

We also put some vine-type plants in the raised bed…perhaps a mistake (although there was no mention of it BEING a mistake in the book). Don’t get me wrong…the melons are doing really well – they’re just taking over the onions and, well, everything else. One solution may be to put a trellis or two up so the vines go UP and not all over the place (and to keep a close watch that they DO go up…) The book says you can even grow pumpkins this way – you just have to make sure the trellis is sturdy enough for all that pumpkin weight. Perhaps next year.

My sister mentioned that they planted various rows of beans about 10 days apart. huh. That’s genus. Beans throughout the summer instead of a butt-load all at the same time!

I don’t know if I’ll do broccoli and/or brussels sprouts again. We haven’t gotten any of those (yet – it’s still early), so I don’t know if the taste will outweigh the OMG GROSS caterpillars that were in those this year.

And I was thinking to myself that I should be keeping a gardening journal – but then thought “wait – I’ve been writing in my blog…doesn’t that count?” So…we’ll see if anything gets on paper.

I do have to say that I am loving the raised garden bed. We’ll probably be putting in a second raised bed next year. Weeding is SO MUCH easier! Although – there’s still that one thing in there that I just need to yank. I’m pretty sure it’s a weed (and not an herb like we thought we planted there). It’s taller than all of the other things we’ve planted, so it HAS to be a weed. πŸ™‚

Veggies!

Just a random gardening update πŸ™‚

The second garden is 7 weeks along.

Second Garden - 7 weeks along

The melon vines are spilling over the back edge πŸ™‚

Melon Vines

We’ve already eaten some beans from it!

Beans on the Vine

The kids helped me pick a few:

Picked Beans

There are peas – even though I was sure we planted them too late.

Pea pods

And peppers!

Peppers

Hot peppers too.

Hot Peppers

The strawberries never took. And I’m fairly certain that one of the plants that we think is an herb we put in is actually a weed…but I haven’t confirmed that yet.

We have some tomatoes growing (semi-wild) where we grew them last year, so that’s cool. And the First garden is doing okay as well … no veggies from there yet, but I can’t wait!!

Saturday Snapshot: The Gardens

Both gardens are coming along nicely!

First Garden - 1 1/2 months along

Second Garden - 1 month along

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go over and have a look at what others are doing on this beautiful Saturday.

Saturday Snapshot: First Garden

I mentioned the second garden yesterday…this is the first one we planted: watermelon, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, and decorative gourds.

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go over and have a look at what others are doing on this beautiful Saturday.

Friday’s Fotos: Tie Dye, Clubhouse, a Garden, and a Handsome Guy

This week was packed full!

Nanny Jessica did some tie dye shirts with the kids. They came out great!

Tie Dye Burke

Tie Dye Maggie

Logan's Tie Dye (he's sick and not available to model it)

Grandpa, Nana, and Aunt Meghan came to see Burke and Maggie graduate yesterday. Maggie loves having a pixie-sized Nana (read: under 5 feet) to fit in the clubhouse πŸ˜‰

Nana in the Clubhouse

We put our second garden in! Square Foot style: Artichokes, Asparagus, Onions, Potatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers, Cantaloupe, Melon, Peas, Green Beans, Yellow Beans, Lima Beans, Brussels Sprouts, Strawberries, Peppers, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Dill, Sage, Thyme, and Basil. *phew* (The frame is by Frame It All)

Square Foot Garden

And last but not least, Mike had the opportunity to dress up this week. The man cleans up nicely!!

My Handsome Husband