Sunday, July 22, 2012

Green Thumb

    Although Kelly grew up on a farm, and I grew up in the city, gardening was something that we both were able to do growing up.  So we tried our hands at gardening this year, and it turned out much better than we anticipated.
   Our main garden spot was the location of the previous coy pond (removed and filled in with fill dirt).  The other garden spot was our neighborhood's residents garden. 

   It has been a lot of fun doing the gardening in our back yard, and it is certainly a learning experience.

Between the residents garden and the back yard, we planted tomatoes (cherry, parker's whopper, and better boy), bell peppers (green, red, orange), squash, jalepenos, okra, watermelon, and cantaloupe.  Several of these had to be transplanted due to the watering schedule at the resident gardens.  And the squash wasn't salvageable.  They were just getting too much water, and when plants sit in pools of water, they don't grow very well.

It's been fun to watch a 5-inch seedling turn into a 7-foot-tall plant.  Harvesting a variety of fruits and vegetables has been satisfying, too.

Bell Peppers

We got a little ambitious with extra garden plots and planted almost 75 feet of pumpkins last week so hopefully we'll post an update in a couple months showing trialing vines full of little pumpkins.  But, as we've learned with gardening, you never know what you are going to get when you put a few tiny seeds in the ground.

Row of pumpkin seedlings

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Two down, two to go!

My mom was able to get her hands on two affordable Tobacco Baskets this past week!  While vacationing in Tennessee, my parents came across two Tobacco Baskets.
 As you can see here (maybe, squint a little), these are actually from Henderson, NC.  They were covered in dirt, but after a good scrub, a hose down, and drying in the sun they are looking pretty good.
I'm excited that I'm halfway there.  Soon I will be filling up that massive wall in my living room. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012


We spent the weekend in Savannah, GA celebrating the wedding of some good friends, Noah and Lindsay.  It was great to see everyone and get away for a few days.  While the wedding was on Tybee Island, we stayed close to Broughton Street.  We were able to walk to the great shops and get out of the heat by going into the air-conditioned stores. On our way out of town, we stopped by Forsyth Park, my favorite place in Savannah (Broughton Street is a close second).