Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Well...I didn't get my sewing done in time for the sew-free sunny Sunday, but was still able to enjoy the sunshine. For more of the story...dance costuming and such...click on over to Craft-Crazy.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
To me Easter is a time of new beginnings, a time to be grateful for the fullness in our lives, a time for re-birth...in nature and within ourselves. The whole Easter Bunny thing is kind of a drag, but I play along for my girls. Keeping to our base of nurturing a love of the natural world, we filled the girls baskets with native seeds and each with a native plant: Pale Evening Primrose, Lovely Penstemon and Trilobata. And of course, a Mama-Made goodie completed the Easter Basket madness. Each of the girls planted their native seeds and plants in our bird garden. The rest of our Easter was spent playing in the garden, riding bikes and simply enjoying the sunshine and good company.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Cold Frames. Lance made ours from found material around our yard and the greenhouse project at work. Spent only 12 bucks on the hinges...now that's RRRing at it's finest! Using a cold frame in the garden has many benefits...from maximizing solar exposure to acclimating warm season vegetables. Right now we have carrots, onions, garlic, endive and cilantro popping up. I have opened up one of these bad boys on a cloudy day and been simply amazed at the heat inside...our growing season has been extended tremendously!
We tried our luck at starting seeds indoors this year, something neither of us has done before. Worried now that our seedlings are getting too "leggy", we have limited time spent under the grow light. Perhaps our light is too far above the plants? In any case, we figure it is all a learning experience and it'll only get better with practice.
We have friends that are also fairly new to the garden scene. I have noticed that when we are together, our conversation flows smoothly from one garden subject to the next...from tomato seeds to new salsa recipes...early season radishes to apple pressing. I love this! Not only does the garden bring you closer to your food, but it also brings people together...strengthening family bonds, friendships and traditions. What more could you ask for? (besides more land and time)
And yes...ours is pretty much just a hobby garden...for now.