Thursday, June 30, 2011

Family Garden

This idea started several years ago.  This year it came alive!  Brett’s parents have agreed to put a garden in their backyard for the entire family.  We started this year with two raised beds with plans to add two more beds next summer.  We had plans to get this all done in one night, but it turned into a weekend plus project.  We documented our project.

Garden beds located in the corner of the yard.

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Mowing the grass down.

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Assembling the second garden bed, with 5 kids in tow.

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Bennett inspecting Daddy’s work.

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The soil mixing. Then the rain started, but the mixing did not stop.

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So what did we do when it was raining?  The little boys played in the rain.

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The big boys played with bikes.

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Rain stopped so it was time to resume some planting.

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Ethan helped!

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And Bennett helped!

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And then sometimes they were not so interested in helping.

It was so memorable to see the boys playing in the garden regardless of how annoying it was that they kept taking out the plant labels.  This will be a an activity that all the family can share.  They are helping even though they may be swinging under the porch in one of the four new swings we installed.  I love the garden and love having a reason to go over to Bruce and Sandy’s.  The boys will not forget these days of playing in Nana and Papa’s backyard!

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The garden has tomatoes, tomatillos, onions, celery, peppers, and many herbs.  Look forward to making some salsa!

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I left and felt so good.  For those of you that don’t know, my mother owned a tree nursery for over 20 years.  I am an all around skilled trimmer, landscaper, gardener.  I learned my skills from her and my grandma.  Thanks Mom for teaching me something that I can now share with my children.

Trowels are over rated.

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