Our Backyard Garden

Good Evening! It’s Wednesday night already! This week is FLYING. Aaron is at class right now though he should be heading home pretty soon. I’m blogging from my bedroom because it’s the only air conditioned room in the house and it’s been 90+ degrees the last few days here!

The last couple of weekends, Aaron and I have spent a lot of time in the backyard building raised beds and planting our first garden.

It started out with building walls around our weeds.   

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Then it became digging up half of our yard and dumping it over the hillside.

Plus some weed and feed which promptly killed about 50% of our yard because it was about 50% weeds.

Then some grass seed.

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Plus edging our little walkway. And then we were ready to plant!

For those of you who don’t know, we live next door to a cemetery.

Perhaps this is why the soil seems so fertile.

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So we planted about a week and half ago now. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures that first day but the plants have been growing like CRAZY lately especially the zucchini which is seriously crowding the tomatoes.

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We planted about 9 tomatoes plants (3 kinds), 4 pepper plants (2 kinds), zucchini, eggplant, basil, and kale.

It was super windy today so I staked them with a couple of random dowel rods and some quarter round that I ripped out of the dining room the other day.

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The kale, basil and eggplant are in the little garden. The only thing that doesn’t seem to be growing that well is the eggplant. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s a later season thing?

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I also took to the spray paint again. This would be the third thing I’ve spray painted white this week. I spray painted two shelves white for the bathroom, our giant Goodwill mirror for the bedroom and now the vents and outlet covers for the dining room. The vent covers were super dirty and rusty so Aaron cleaned them today then I sprayed them. They look great and we saved a little money by not buying new ones.

The outlet covers were sort of yellowy/beige probably because they are about 50 years old but now they’re shiny and white again!

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I also baked cupcakes for a neighbor’s dinner party a couple of weeks ago that I don’t think I ever posted.

Chocolate cake, filled with raspberry and then chocolate buttercream. Fondant flowers on top.

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This would be my sad attempt at staging food photography. I’m trying.

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Alright that’s about it for now. We’ve been taking many pictures of the progress in the dining room but I’m going to wait to post until it’s finished. We have a few more steps that we might be able to accomplish this weekend then it’ll be done!

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