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This spring I was pretty convinced that our lawn was done for. We installed it last year and it did well during the summer, but then I didn’t water it one bit this winter and it showed no signs of life. This spring I watered and fertilized but I never got more than a few arbitrary green blades. Then one glorious day, out of nowhere, it started to hail.
And within about 10 minutes we had this…
And then, just like that, it was over….and my grass has looked amazing ever since. Ah, healing rain. If only it happened more than a few times a year.
So this spring the boys and I have been busy outside. We planted our garden…
They were actually helpful this year (mostly)…they mixed in some new Miracle-Gro with the old soil, planted the seeds, and Elijah was in charge of watering it until the seeds sprouted (then the automatic watering took over). Every day we come out to see how things are growing (Elijah tries to dress himself these days…can you tell?)…
And every day we discover new armadillo holes.
The boys think it’s fascinating…I’m a little less thrilled. I’d like to set out a trap and catch him, not only to save my garden but because the boys would be stoked about setting a trap, checking it each day, and hopefully catching (and releasing) an armadillo.
So in the garden we have green beans, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, onions, lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, squash, and cantaloupe.
I also have a few herbs – parsley, thyme, oregano, rosemary, and basil. These are easier to grow than veggies, in my opinion.
Also, our little peach trees are producing like crazy.
Last year we got ONE peach off of all our trees. Adam was convinced it was going to be terrible, so he hesitantly tried it…and proclaimed it to be one of the best peaches he’s ever had. So this year he’s excited to see so many. I personally can’t get over the squishy texture of fruit and I mostly avoid it. Especially bananas… just the sound of someone eating a banana makes my skin crawl. So gross. I’ll stick with my crunchy vegetables, thankyouverymuch.
We also spruced up the side yard, which consisted of planting a few new plants, adding fresh much, and waiting. Lots of waiting.
Then there’s the front porch, where everything in a pot or basket died this winter. I replaced all dead plants with new (even hardier) ones, and swapped out the rotten wood planters with this metal tub from the hardware store…
What I really wanted was a stock tank filled with plants… I even bought one, but the smallest one I could find still looked ridiculously big and out of place. So this will have to do. Next house though, y’all, next house…stock tank planters will happen. Heck maybe I’ll make a whole stock tank garden. And a stock tank swimming pool (I think people also call them cowboy bathtubs?). My brother and I had a stock tank pool as kids, but not intentionally…it was actually used for watering our horse. The water wasn’t clear, sometimes we had to share it with a horse face, and there was always hay floating in it…but whatever right? Hay shmay.
ANYWAY, here is the whole porch…once every few months it’s clean enough to take pictures (though I’ve taken PLENTY of it being messy).
Notice the two little creepers in that last photo? They were chomping at the bit for me to finish taking pictures so they could hurry up and destroy it. They’re like little porch destroying villains…and sidewalk chalk, flower bed mulch, and driveway gravel are they’re weapons of choice. Although that day I didn’t actually let them go crazy, because look what I found while taking pictures…
So sweet, right? This one was fresh from the womb, all legs and still wobbly. Here is creeper #1 trying to see what I’m photographing …
So that’s that…my yard work for the year is complete. Just in time too, because now it’s June and hot. Here in Texas we hibernate during the summer, not the winter. Air conditioning is our friend, and we only venture outside for activities that include swimming or bar-b-q. Preferably both.
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