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Day of thanks

On this 11th (and 12th day….I’m having to combined the two. I came home so tired last night that I just couldn’t get on. ) I am showing thanks to our garden. It is so neat to me to be able to go out back and pick our ingredients for our salads, stir-fry, or veggie of the night.

We started our garden 3 summers ago. It was just a little patch out back. Today we have gone from our little “patch” out back to a nice garden area with three large growing areas. We experiment with the different crops we grow and this year we’ve decided to grow our first fall garden.

~ There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~

Keagan loves to go out back and pick something for dinner….Or breakfast at that. During the summer he requested cucumber before school and went out and picked his own. How much more of a learning experience could you get for a child!?

~ I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green. ~

With all this garden talk I also thought I would post a picture for macro Friday of the pomegranate we attempted to eat this week. Key word being, “attempted.”

Does one know how to eat a pomegranate because this family sure didn’t…I even looked it up on ehow.com and we’re still confused. Needless to say, I don’t believe we’ll be growing one of these trees in our garden anytime soon…. 😉

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SUCCESS(!) of the slug entrapment…

So yeah, my whole family is still under the weather. I think as of this morning I’m actually the worst off….but hey, even a sick child on Christmas is still excited to see what Santa has left him. That’s what I was like this morning waiting on the sun to wake up to see if my beer trap had been successful. Honestly, I thought I was going to walk out there and find nothing but much to my suprise-I think we got the little rascal that has been eating slowly but surely a hole in my kohlrabi.

Success of the slug entrapment! I am so very excited!!

To see the previous post: https://schrocksterslive.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/waiting-on-the-slugs-to-get-drunk/

Waiting on the slugs to get drunk….

Yes (!), Help (!), we have slugs!!! And of course I’m not going to put the normal everyday chemical on them because of 1. We’re pretty serious about going as organic as we can & 2. Even if we weren’t going organic-the chemicals out there to kill slugs and snails are so harsh that I wouldn’t be interested anyways.

Here is a picture of my beloved kohlrabi that is obviously being eaten slowly but surely by one of these slimy beast….

I’ve been looking up organic solutions to this problem and lo and behold I find one that I couldn’t wait to try….Let’s get these boys drunk! Apparently they are drawn to the yeast in beer and hopefully if we’re successful then we’ll wake in the morning to the bad boy in the bottom of this beer bowl….

Hmmmm, so I have the trap set, the dark is here, and I’m getting ready to go to bed. I can’t wait to see what awaits me in the morning.

In the mean time we did have another visiter….It’s a slight hint of what my baby Easton is going to be for Halloween….It appears he may have left a trace of evidence behind. 😉

Guess if you can….I’ll post more pictures of him and the K-Man once the little one starts feeling better.

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Our Garden Brings More Than Just Food….

Our garden does more than just bring in great food….it also brings in beautiful creatures! I love the way the fallen “fall” leaf went so perfectly with the wings of the butterfly.

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Artful Stone Swap….

I am so excited about the “Artful Stone Swap” I found over at Garden Mama’s blog today!!! Just so very excited! I feel like I’m going outside of my comfort zone. I love to grow…I love to take pictures…but one talent I was not blessed with was Art, being creative, thinking outside of the box. In a nutshell-Garden Mama is inviting anyone and everyone to join. She will be pairing up 5-6 (who knows….maybe more if more sign up) people come the first of November and they will send the stones to each of the people who are on their mailing list. It will be a sweet surprise as to what stones you get. Will they be painted? Will they have words of encouragement written on them? Will they have a beautiful handmade crochet cover on them?

I picked out my 5 stones from my garden this afternoon. Here is the before picture and of course I will post the after picture…and then the picture of the 5 I receive.

I would love to come up with something clever, something encouraging, maybe even something my kids can help with.

If you would like to join the Artful Stone Swap or to see more great examples of all the different things you can do to a simple stone click here:

http://gardenmama.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/10/joy-and-her-sweet-boy-finn-enjoyed-time-together-wet-felting-these-gorgeous-stones-you-can-visit-her-post-for-more-inspirat.html

I also had to link up on

because incase you can’t tell….I’m super excited and wanted to spread the word.

Outdoors Before & Afters…

With this beautiful weather there is only one thing we could think to do today…Yard work! I’ve been staring at these cherry trees that we planted not too long ago and just wasn’t happy with the way one was coming along. One of them is starting to fill out nicely with nice green leaves but the other one just didn’t seem to like its new home. I had expressed some complaints about it and had mentioned to DH how much I like Crape Myrtles….and this is what he surprised me with!!!

I was so excited but I don’t think the excitement stopped with me….

After that big project when then decided that it was probably time to harvest our sweet potatoes. We had no clue what to expect and in all honesty I didn’t think they were ready yet but we wanted to use the garden bed they were hogging so we just decided to do it…Boy was I wrong…..It was like panning for gold, or going on an egg hunt, or maybe a scavenger hunt…Everytime we found one it was excitement all over again!

E-baby joined in on the fun!

Our final count was 18 large sweet potatoes and several small ones. What a success!!

What a wonderful day its been. It’s been a beautiful day with the hours filled with all things I love. Now its time to go enjoy more of this beautiful weather, grill out some steaks and peppers, enjoy some of our yummy homegrown sweet potatoes, and sit back and watch football this evening!

That’s it…I’m outta here! 🙂

Passing on the “Keeping it Real!!”

Go Organic!!

A friend of my passed this link on to me. It was written by her cousin who is a personal trainer and owns her own Kettle Bell gym in Atlanta. It is everything I’ve been thinking, saying, and doing! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this because it sounds like what I’ve been telling my family verbatim.

When you have a minute check this link out….unless of course you believe ignorance is bliss….And well sometimes if you aren’t ready or willing to make a change then it is!  Enjoy! I’ll see you out in the garden. 😉

http://delaineross.blogspot.com/2010/09/keeping-it-real.html