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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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I forget each year how much work spring is around here... but I also love it! This certainly is not the time of year to kick back in the swing and put our feet up! We spent last weekend getting the garden prepped and ready for the next round of nature's goodness.
We re-carpeted (I know that sounds a bit bizarre) our pits. We have 4 total: one dedicated to greens and herbs and the other three for the usual stuff.
I've already planted our spinach and lettuce in it and you can see they're coming in nicely... along with some weeds!
This year we added two half round planters at the front of the garden: one for raspberry bushes Courtney bought at Lowe's and one for a bucket load of strawberry transplants a co-worker gave to him this year.
Courtney has an affinity for using natural rock to build planters. We have natural rock edgings, walls, and planters all over our place! If you know Courtney, you know the boy loves rocks!!
We added blueberry bushes last year - four of them. Two different varieties, and they seem to be thriving quite nicely. We'll continue to pinch blooms most of this year and let the bushes pour their energy into building a strong root system... the harvest will begin next year. I can't wait!!
Our thornless blackberry bush has multiplied many times over since we bought this place 5 years ago. Boy do I love this bush! The blackberries are huge! We choose not to spray any of our plants around here, so there's nothing like going out and picking a big fat ripe juicy blackberry right off the bush. Grace usually walks around with blackberry stains on her shirts in the summer... thank goodness for play clothes!
And, of course, no weekend here is complete without a round of chicken chasing by my little Gracie. That girl is like the chicken whisperer... she can catch the most skiddish of them!
Courtney got to borrow our neighbor's tractor this weekend and move a little (more like a LOT) of dirt around. But of course, he couldn't resist getting a picture taken on it with his favorite girl!

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