May 4, 2010

growing things

This past weekend we (by we, I mean Tim. I have a black thumb) finally got our garden planted. This year we are doing regular tomatoes, grape tomatoes, squash, peppers, cucumbers, and green beans.

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In our herb garden we have rosemary, basil, thyme, oregano, mint, and sage.

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Even though it will be another year or so before we can use the soil, we have started composting.

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It's amazing how doing this has reduced our waste that goes into a landfill. Between composting and recycling we have managed to cease our curbside trash service. We now take a bag or two of trash ourselves to the dump and save over 50% in our monthly trash budget.

The wild blackberry bushes are in bloom. I can't wait to harvest them and prepare a blackberry cobbler!

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I did try my hand at some potted flowers even my black thumb status. I saw these Snapdragons at Home Depot and couldn't resist. They are so pretty and unique. For only $2 a plant, I took a chance.... and if they don't survive I did get my money's worth laughing at the boys after convincing them that the flower likes to snap little boys' fingers off if they get too close.

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My very favorite thing growing right now is the surprise early Mother's Day gift I came home to find planted in the front yard, a Weeping Willow tree. I have wanted one for so long!

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They are supposed to be fast growing and I can't wait! I can totally envision some great portraits of the boys sitting under the long, whimsical branches. Thanks honey!

2 thanks for stopping by, i love comments!:

kelleysbeads May 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

LOVE the snaps AND that you have suckered the boys into not touching them for fear of losing fingers.

I planted a willow outside my office three years ago. It grew like a weed and since last year, I have been pruning back branches that are larger than the original tree!

Very cool about your composting/recycling and eliminating that trash charge. :)

Sarah May 10, 2010 at 9:46 PM  

How green are you?! Way to go on the composting! That makes me smile :)

LOVE the weeping willow tree! I had one up in NY :)

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