I'm an artist and SAHM from the upper mid-west. In addition to my passion for paper art and mixed-media; I enjoy sewing, painting, photography, jewelry making and gardening. I love finding ways to reuse, re-purpose and recycle everyday items into art or other basic utilitarian objects.
I'm working at getting back to the basics: healthy food, reduced chemical load in our home, exercise and spending time with family.
Had to take a little break and check out how the garden fared after the high winds from last night. It's still super windy!! Seems as if it's either raining or windy these days.
The chicken wire is to try to discourage the squirrels from digging in the garden box. I found a black walnut that was beginning to sprout in there. I'm sure they are looking for more buried treasures. Little pests.
Also check out the beginnings of another small garden. We still need to put up fencing...both the chicken wire kind and the tall kind. There are bunnies that live under the shed so we have to keep the from getting into the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord. The tall fencing is to keep the deer at bay.
Stop by Kimmies for the list of Tea Tuesday players.
I can not take any sort of credit for this box...none at all. Yes, I did technically make it but I used Kimmie's instructions to create it.
I decided I needed something to hold notepaper. The kids keep taking my notepads but for some reason they only seem to like blank papers.
Since the end of the school year is rapidly approaching, I'm starting to clear out all those saved papers. Spelling tests, one sided worksheets, junk mail flyers..you get the picture. A seemingly endless supply of paper. I might as well write notes on them before they hit the recycle bin.
Between rain showers and thunderstorms, I've been desperately trying to get a few things planted.
I got 6 of 9 tomato plants into the garden box.
I planted marigolds along front again in an attempt to keep away the pesky deer. The girl and I also planted a row of carrots and radishes between the tomatoes and marigolds. We planted them in the way my dad always did.... carrot, radish, carrot, radish, carrot, radish and so on. The theory is that the radishes mature and get harvested long before the carrots so you end up getting double duty out of one row.
I haven't gotten the window boxes along the deck planted yet. Only my basil seeds spouted. So I have that and the parsley I over-wintered in the house. I'll be buying the a couple of seedlings...bummer.
In the old aluminum bucket we are growing green onions. I started them in a dreaded Styrofoam egg carton. They seem to have transplanted well.
The stump is also our wood chopping block. Works great for both purposes....well, I don't chop wood, so I'm just taking their word for it.
I also planted my big red pots out front. I picked a big variety pack this year. I wanted lots of plants and lots of color. Obviously, this is only one of them...
I have a few more flowers started in the house and I may pick up a few more at the greenhouse. I love flowers! And since not all of my saved seeds produced little plants like I hoped..off to the greenhouse I'll go.
Lastly...I am wondering if anyone knows what this plant is?
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It came up last year behind a hosta. It survived the winter and has grown leaves again. It sends out little tendrils that last year adhered themselves to the deck. If it's some horrible invasive species, I'd like to dig it out...if not I think, I'll let it stay for now.