Thursday, May 26, 2011

7 Years

Today is the 7th anniversary of Chris and Courtney's first date. 7 years of fun! So happy I responded to that first email.

Happy 2nd Birthday Esme!

Today, little Ezzy turns 2 years old. My how time is flying.

How cute is she?

She loves her "Papa"

Monday, May 23, 2011

Raised Garden Bed Update

This past weekend Chris and I spent a lot of time finishing up our raised garden beds area. We added paths between and behind the beds and a patio on the far side (former home of the dogwood tree). It was a lot of work but we are both VERY happy with how it turned out! Luckily the sun was out in full force yesterday afternoon so I was able to get some good pictures. Also, check out how the potato sacks (relocated to the new garden area) are doing compared to my last post about them.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Potato Sacks

For Christmas this past year Chris gave me some Potato Sacks. Double layer felt sacks in which to grow potatoes. So, at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show this year I picked up some heirloom seed potatoes from Irish Eyes. I picked up some German Butterball and Red Norland seed potatoes. A few weeks ago I had the chance to plant them and lo and behold they actually sprouted!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Raised Garden Beds

Chris and I took advantage of the sunny weather (finally!) this past weekend to build our raised garden beds. At the end of last season we had ripped out our old garden bed (small) and covered an entire section of grass with black plastic to fester over the winter. Saturday morning we pulled up the black plastic and began our work.

First I had to dig up the dogwood tree that has always been in the wrong spot. It was here when we moved in. An entire side of it broke off when a drunk raccoon jumped on it. It has always looked out of place. So...I dug it up *flex*.

The next thing we noticed was that we were going to need some sort of retaining wall to keep our new garden area from eroding under our neighbors fence. It only took 1 hour at Home Depot to come up with a viable solution. Hollow cement blocks (22 total - 16 x 8 x 8 inches each).

While Chris built the beds (he's safer with saws) I built the retaining wall. It isn't the straightest most level wall I've ever seen, but it will serve it's purpose.

Jetty was a huge help. He ate lots and lots of grass so we didn't have to pull out the edger. This is him with his mouth full.

After much slaving away we had our raised beds built!! Next up we'll build some paths in between them and a small patio at the far end for a bench. If anyone would like to come play in the dirt and help out, just let me know. We pay in beer.

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