Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The First

Hi, this is Bookworm. I want to tell you about something that happened to my foot a couple weeks ago. I was on my bike going down a hill and Mr. Lego kicked a soccer ball. It hit my bike and I fell off. We thought I bruised my foot but it was really swelling up. So I went to the doctor and they took x-rays of my foot. He examined the pictures and then he told me the two last bones in my foot were broken. (Near my little toes.) We had to go to another doctor to make sure it was going to heal right and he gave me a special shoe to wear.

Now it is getting better and I can start walking without the special shoe. I am the first of my brother and sisters to break a bone!


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

How Does Your Garden Grow?

You all knew a garden post was coming. I love eating garden tomatoes, but have a horrible time growing them. Our ground here is clayish, and so much so that last year I would water my plants on a 110 degree day, and then go out 4 hours later and there would still be puddles of water around the plants. I think that my entire harvest consisted of 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes and 1 shriveled cucumber. Needless to say, we needed to change some things. So this year we have gone with square foot gardening and the results have been a complete turnaround. We built raised beds and used Mr. Bartholomew's planting ideas.

Here is a picture when we first started this last April.

Then this is what it looked like in June.

Here is what it is like today.

I have neglected to train the little stems to go through the round metal holders, so some of the plants have actually lifted them out of the dirt. My beans, which are not in these pictures, are pathetically, wilted things with not even a hint of a blossom yet. But I have heard that this is a bad bean year. A couple ladies from my church have been so helpful with advice and tips and just recently I got to visit one of their gardens. I think I went a little overboard with all the different varieties I planted but we have already harvested cucumbers, snap peas, tomatoes, okra, zucchini, onions and some deformed carrots.

And I am really enjoying having fresh herbs to use in my cooking. I already have ideas for next year; like don't put the tall plants in front of the short ones, don't plant a zucchini plant within 6 inches of another, and definitely do not plant your seedlings in 100% mulch! But I am so happy with what I accomplished this year. Maybe I will try a Fall/Winter garden after harvest...

So how are your gardens growing?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hello Blog World!

So our family has taken the plunge...we are officially bloggers. In the past we have sent out a Gazette by email to our friends and family, written mostly by the kids to let everyone in on our happenings. It had been a chore for me to compile it all into an issue so we thought blogging would be the next best thing.

Occasionally I will have the children share their stories, narration and craziness on here; I will also be contributing posts about what we do and whatever else I feel like writing about. My first priority is being a help meet to my husband and a mother to my children so I can't promise that I will update as often as you might like.

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