Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring Is Here!


Hello there! How was your weekend? We had SUN here and it was wonderful, the first real Spring weather we've had this year. Everyone was starting to recover after the horrid stomach bug that hit our family the previous week, and we were able to get out and enjoy some mellow time in the sunny garden!

Before I share a few photos of our little garden, I'll show you a couple of other projects that were inspired by this lovely Spring weather. This morning, we had a "crafty playdate" with our friends. The kids painted mini-birdhouses I picked up for $1 a piece at Joann's. They had a great time and I loved seeing how each birdhouse came out differently. So cheerful and a perfect little Spring decoration.

I unfortunately forgot to take a photo of the group of them, but here's one of Ben's:

Jenny: Painted Birdhouse

Isn't it cute?

During a quiet moment this past weekend, Ben also worked on the Wind Sock project from his latest Kiwi Crate. We'll have to do a proper review of Kiwi Crate in the near future, but I really only have great things to say. This project was well-planned, the instructions clear and the supplies great quality. Ben's Wind Sock is now swaying in the breeze on our back balcony and telling us about the weather.

Here's the view from my kitchen door (horribly back-lit, sorry!):

Jenny: Wind Sock from Kiwi Crate

But the most fun we had this weekend by far was getting our little potted garden ready for planting, then getting seeds and starts planted. Ben and I spent some good quality time down there, getting our hands dirty and our bodies their much-needed fill of Vitamin D. Bring on the warm weather, our garden is ready for some growth!

Jenny: Garden Update

We are renters here in Seattle, but get to enjoy a little backyard that we share with our downstairs neighbor. He gardens as well, and gets the beds on the other side of the house. Since we don't know how long we'll be living here, and because the landlady has someone come and take care of landscaping, we didn't want to plant our garden in the ground. So 2 years ago, we started a potted garden that we've been expanding a little every year. When it's time to move, we'll just take our pots with us, and the beds will go back to being mostly mulch and weeds as before!

Here is the extent of our little garden, occupying the North end of the small backyard. It is actually the most perfect spot, as it gets a bunch of sunlight (when it's sunny...).

Jenny: Garden Update

Here are a few more details:

Jenny: Garden Update
Mostly culinary herbs like mint, cilantro, oregano, lavender, sage, etc, and some strawberries!

Jenny: Garden Update
Right by the door to the basement where I do my laundry, there's some lacinato kale. There are also seeds for red winter kale planted in the middle. This is a giant container, so hopefully we didn't overcrowd it.

Jenny: Garden Update
Parsley and chives in the long pot, then seeds planted for lettuce and peas (snap and sweet) in the next 2 pots. The 3rd pot will host cherry tomatoes when our starts are ready to be transplanted.

Jenny: Garden Update
Here are our starts: cherry tomatoes, marjoram, more lettuce and kale -- in case what we planted outside doesn't sprout.

And that's it! I have tried to learn from our lessons in the past couple of years and plant things that should do well in our climate, as well as things we will easily pick and eat. I know that the kids will pick tomatoes, peas and strawberries and munch on them when we play in the yard, which will be great. I ended up buying a lot of starts from our local nursery, which I've never done before. We've had mixed results with starting from seed in the past, and I think that being sick and tired made me lazy, ha!

While I was weeding the beds around the pots, I dug up all the rocks I could find. For some reason, there are tons of river rocks in there, they must have been used for some decorative purpose in the past. I am saving them all for a little project that is garden-related. Can you guess what it is?

Jenny: Garden Update

And just for fun, here are some sweet and some silly photos Ben and I took of ourselves and each other when we were done gardening.

Jenny: Garden Update

Jenny: Garden Update Jenny: Garden Update

Jenny: Garden Update

How did you spend your weekend? Any gardening happening in your neck of the woods? How are you celebrating the arrival of Spring? I'd love to hear all about it in the comments.

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