Monday, May 19, 2014

Ducklings, Berries and Babies

I love this sequence of Jane and her ducklings.
 You can totally see her love for animals shining through. She definitely has a way with them and it didn't come from me or Tim, that's for sure :)

Charlie is usually the worker until the project is done guy but for some reason Jacob was pruning raspberries with me to the bitter end. He must have had  homemade raspberry ice cream on his mind.

We did some PH tests on our garden soil. Turns out it was a 7-neutral. Interesting.

Snuggling with babies in the hammock.

These two love to relax on the tramp with a bucket of peanuts.

I had an arborist come over to our place and teach me how to take care of all our trees. It was heavenly to learn from an expert and ask her all my questions. I learned so much in such a short time. She told me what kind of tools I needed, so now I'm the proud new owner of a Zubac 330 pruning knife. 
This is not the kind of purchase that would have excited me before.

The other day my dad came over and I was working in the yard- wearing gumboots and a bandana on my head, muddy clothes and holding my pruning weapon... I looked really homeless. Dad told me to go inside, have some pizza and relax :) It was funny.

I've been a busy bee this spring. We planted a vegetable garden- lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, onions, carrots, peas, beets, cabbage, broccoli, corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, zucchini, butternut and spaghetti squash, pumpkins, chamomile, mint, basil, baby's breath and lavender. I like how gardening gets me outside more but seriously it's been 12 hour days in the yard for the last couple weeks. I can't believe how much work a garden is!!! Besides the slave labor, my brain hurts. It's really complicated to know what to plant when and how far apart and what vegetables are companions or enemies, when and how to fertilize, how much water etc. And the expense of it all is stressful too. I'm scared nothing will grow.

Besides the gargantuan garden, we've been pruning fruit trees, getting composts ready, tending the flower beds, planting a strawberry patch, pruning raspberries and the currant patch, painting the deck, washing windows, arranging coops for ducks and hens...

The kids have been helping non stop. They have been way into it which has made it extra fun. It's been nice being outside together. Ezra especially has surprised me. He's happy to wander around the yard all day! He eats lots of peanuts and jumps on the tramp and rides his bike, all in his yellow gumboots :)


Elizabeth said...

Your dream to work hard and do cool things with the kids is in progress...enjoy the journey. You must be dropping into bed at night!

Meg said...

LOVED reading this!! What hard work!! Jordan's dream is to have an arborist come out and teach us about trees. You are living an amazing life. So happy to get a glimpse of it!

Mike Gurung said...

Cute pics! I love what you're doing with your garden. Gardening is not an easy job, and you'd get all the help that you can get. Getting it from an expert means you'll be doing things right. In addition, the tips are something your kids can pick up too! Enjoy your gardening!

Mike Gurung @ Bay Area Tree Specialists