Monday, March 21, 2011

“I love the smell of dirt in the morning!”

I LOVE the smell of dirt!  Crazy, I know, but true!  With the weather finally warming up we’ve been trying to spend as much time outside as possible.  The boys of course started digging up a little patch of dirt and that’s when I caught that wonderful smell which inspired me to get in with a shovel myself.  

On Sunday, Ed, the boys and I spent a LOT of time working on our garden area.  Ok, maybe more like Ed and I spent a lot of time.  The boys help was hit or miss although Will did do quite a bit.  Last year we put the garden in a new spot and it did so much better than years past.  We decided that since the ground seems so much better in the new location that we’d expand this year and try to grow more. 

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So far we’ve started a few seeds: cucumbers, bell peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, snap peas, oregano and basil. 

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We also have some strawberry plants to put in.  We’ll be getting tomatoes as well but we’ll buy the plants in May and put them right into the ground.  I imagine with all the room we have now we’ll find a couple other peppers (maybe some hot ones) to plant as well. 

We continued our adventure in the yard by putting up some fencing.  It’s just a short little fence but it works well enough to keep the littlest monkey from making an escape.  It actually makes me me think of the beach…doesn’t it remind you a little of the fencing they put around the sand dunes? 

Ed moved our fence from last year to the side yard to keep the boys from running to the front of the house and into the street.  There is also some garden fence around the bush by the house.

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We also put fence near the driveway to try to keep Sean contained.  So far it seems to be working.  Yes, he can still get around the fence but I think he pretty much understands that he needs to stay on ‘this’ side…well, usually. 

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We put the last bit of fence around the garden to keep the boys out.  As I mentioned before, they LOVE dirt like I do so it’s just a natural draw for them.

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Last thing we did today that was actual work was to dig up the area under our kitchen window.  The soil is so soft and was very easy to turn compared to the garden.  I’m thinking this is where I might plant my herbs and strawberries if there is enough sun.  I might also put my snap peas here depending on if I have room to put dowels and twine up for them to climb.   

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All in all we had a very productive couple of days and took full advantage of the wonderful weather.  I love days like these…there’s just something about working the ground together as a family.  I can’t wait to see what the garden turns into!