Thursday, March 26, 2009


this was taken last year but it's one of my favorite pictures. that sunflower was so amazingly beautiful.

Monday, March 23, 2009

our own little strawberry patch

i finally bought some strawberry plants yesterday and got them planted. since we've been starting everything from seed it's exciting to see actual plants in one of the beds.

i read that it's best to remove all blooms until July 1 so the plants can focus on growing and not producing fruit. makes sense, right? but i sure felt uneasy removing the few blooms that were there. i hope this doesn't turn out to be a case of 'don't believe everything you read'. i have a sneaking suspicion i'm going to stop removing the blooms before July 1.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

food not lawns

Well, here we go. This is our first post on our first blog ever. About 6 years ago we PAYED SOMEONE to install a sprinkler system and lawn in our backyard. Cool, now we had something to do on Saturdays (mow the grass)! Fortunately we sucked at that job. Then when our lawnmower was stolen from our backyard, it seemed someone was trying to tell us something. We decided that if we were going to grow something, we wanted it to feed us. We started by laying cardboard on our dying, weed infested lawn. Then we built raised beds, filled them with soil, and spread mulch in between them. The sprinkler system is being converted to use as a drip system. We started seeds in our greenhouse in February and have been working in our yarden every weekend since. We will keep you posted on how well we are able to feed ourselves from our back yard.