Thursday, May 31, 2012

County Fair 2012 - Part 1

Well, it was a whirlwind. Our county fair only runs 5 days, but for us it was 8 days of craziness, fun, competitions, rides, and life lessons.

A couple of days before fair opened, we went to Cal Expo to set up our goat area.



Having a large animal is really cool, especially since you get a stall in the barn to stash all your stuff.




Our project made these really neat displays, showing how to make goat cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, how to milk a goat, and the kinds of meat cuts.



The next day was load in....I didn't take too many photos that day, but after vet check we got Arwen settled into her little pen with her friend, Goonie. Rabbits got checked in and then of course the highlight of that day was weigh-in. And if you read my Monday Musings you know that we didn't make weight. :-(


Competitions started the next day, bright and early....market rabbit was first. All three kids had market rabbits.

Here is Mr. Lego's getting weighed.



Mr. Lego's, Dasher's and one of Bookworm's did not place (they were still eligible for auction) but by the time the judge started placing at 20th place we still had a rabbit in the running.

16th place.......12th place.....8th place.....and Bookworm got 5th place for her market rabbit!



Then we headed back to the goat stalls to get the goat ready.


Arwen getting a bath....


Arwen got 1st place in the feeder class!



This was where things got tricky. It was now going on 4 o'clock and the girls were going to be up soon in rabbit showmanship. And Mr. Lego was waiting with Arwen to go into the goat show ring for goat showmanship.



And then everything happened at once and both of them started at literally the same time. So I ran, back and forth, between the two ends of the barn, snapping photos of my children.



I am sure I looked like a fool, but hey, photos are pretty important to me.



Mr. Lego finished his competition first and got 4th place in goat showmanship.



Back at rabbits the judge had everyone do the showmanship routine....



...then he called back the kids that did well for questions. Dasher was secretly relieved to not get placed.




Rabbit questions...


....and Bookworm got 4th place in the Juniors!


Mr. Lego was up next....



...he made call back and got questioned by the judge.



A 5th place winner in Seniors!

The end to a very long, crazy, but profitable day.




Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Monday Musings (On Tuesday)

What I'm thinking: That this last week was a whirlwind, and it is finally over. Not that it was a bad week, but it sure was busy. Our goat did not make weight (she was only 60 pounds) but she did win first place in the feeder class. The kids did great in their competitions and all three went to auction with market rabbits.

What I'm reading: I think I should have some time to read this week....

What I'm listening to: The breeze coming through the window. Silence. After 5 days of early mornings, late nights, and hours on our feet, I am letting the kids sleep in.

What we're learning: We learned a ton last week. School is light this next week with only the basics....math, grammar, literature.

What I'm watching: Looking out my window this morning I was amazed at how much the things in my garden have grown. When you don't look at it every day you can really see the difference.

What's cooking: This week I am roasting a chicken for dinner one night, a beef stir fry another night, and grilled chicken with grilled zucchini and onions on Saturday.

What I'm buying: Well, I am looking for someone to buy our goat. Since she did get 1st place in her class, I think I can sell her to another 4-Her who needs a market goat for an end of the summer fair. I just need to find that person...

What I'm thankful for: I am really thankful that we had a safe time at the fair, no one got sick or lost, and that all the kids got to go to auction. God is good.

What I'm creating: Clean things. The plan today is to do all the laundry that has piled up over the last 8 days, clean the bathrooms, wash the kitchen floor, and find a place for some new bookshelves I have acquired.

What I'm praying: For a friend of mine who is walking the hard road of pregnancy loss. May God give her peace and comfort during this time.

What I'm planning:  I need to do a bit of school planning for our new co-op....

What we did this last weekend: The fair, of course. Saturday was the rabbit Rank Sheet test and judging contest. Sunday was the auction; the auctioneer said Kaitlyn had a million dollar smile. Yesterday was Rabbit Bowl....Mr. Lego's team got 1st place in seniors and Bookworm finally got a Rabbit Bowl pin by placing in 3rd for the juniors.

What I'm looking forward to: Sleeping. Getting the house back in order. Spending time at the pool later this week.

A picture to share:






 ~The kids and their ribbons.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That my crazy week is beginning. Every single day for the next 8 days, we are doing something fair related. Lots of work, but lots of learning and fun.

What I'm reading: No time for reading this week. but if you were wondering, I am still in the middle of  Age of Opportunity.

What I'm listening to: Birds tweeting outside, girls talking in the kitchen.

What we're learning: This week we are learning patience, endurance, fairness, and good sportsmanship. Life.

What I'm watching: My garden is starting to take off now; on Saturday I planted the last of it: watermelon (a Mother's Day present from my kids), 2 more tomato plants, zucchini, marjoram and basil, and the last of the green onions.

What's cooking: We will partake of an occasional treat at the fair, but most of our food we are bringing in. It will be lots of sandwiches and snacks, with a couple of "cooler" salads: Chicken, Broccoli, and Pasta Salad; and Tomato, Bean, and Salami Salad.

What I'm buying: I found a great deal for the kids' ride wristband on Groupon....$12 for unlimited rides for a day. Groupon rocks.

What I'm creating: I am really trying to create a goat that weighs 70 pounds, but I don't think that is going to happen. Last Tuesday she was only 60 pounds and I don't think she can put on that much before weigh-in this Wednesday. But Mr. Lego is also bringing a rabbit for the market competition, so all three children are planning on going to auction.

What I'm praying: That the Lord would keep us safe this week, that we would humbly and  graciously accept His will, and give Him all the glory for His blessings and provision.

What I'm planning: Duh. I am planning stuff for fair. The kids have to work on their goat displays and stall cards, We have rabbit questions to go over, and showmanship to practice.

What we did this last weekend: We worked in the yard on Saturday, cleaning stuff up and finishing the garden planting. Sunday we went to church and then I helped out in the 5-6 year old Sunday school class. Then to a park with friends for a picnic, volleyball, and fellowship.

What I'm looking forward to: I am looking forward to this week, but I am also looking forward to next week, in which we have nothing going on.

A picture to share:

Seeing the solar eclipse yesterday....





My contraction did finally work and we got to see the crescent.


Really cool eclipse shadows...


Friday, May 18, 2012

CapJaxMathFax

Math. The very word sends at least 2 of my children running to clean the bathrooms, fold laundry, disinfect the rabbit cages....anything but doing math. But math is so very important; one thing I have learned as a homeschooling mom is that retaining the math facts is key to succeeding in higher math levels.

CapJaxMathFax is here to help, and gives your children another way to practice their math facts.

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What it is:

This downloadable math facts program is $29.95. I didn't have any trouble downloading it but a couple of other members on The Crew did have some problems.

You can play this three different ways. First, for those young students who have trouble finding the number keys on the computer, they can play "Keyboard Practice". A number pops up with an equals sign (4=  ) and your child then types that number. When the correct number is entered the time it took to answer is displayed. Once your child is familiar with the keyboard you can progress to the other two sections; older children would obviously not need the Keyboard Practice and would begin immediately with either "Play For Rating" or "Practice". 

Choosing Practice lets you or your child tailor the math facts they will be doing. You can choose from addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You could do just one function or all four at the same time. You can also choose from numbers 1-10 (the program calls this levels), if you want to add twelves to the facts, negative numbers, even how long the "Super Seconds" last. You can practice all the numbers or just focus on one number family.

You can also select a box called Word Thinkers. These were really neat and when I played them, threw me for a loop. Some of the problems that came up were 6 larger than 1 (6 + 1), 5 removed from 7 (7 - 5), 6 groups of 5 (6 x 5), and 1/5 of 15 (15 divided by 5). This was a great way to have your children practice for those pesky word problems!

The other section you can choose from on the home page is Play for Rating. When your child begins this section they enter their name and begin with addition, and work through subtraction, then multiplication and division. A graph is conveniently visible to the left as they progress and every 10 problems their score is displayed, like this:


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For any of these problems, when the child answers in a certain amount of time or within the Super Seconds timer, the word SUPER is displayed. (The default time for this is 3 seconds.) If the answer takes a bit longer the child sees RIGHT. And when a wrong answer is entered, the display says TRY AGAIN.


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You can see above the format and different choices to the right.

So what did we think?

All four of my children spent time with CapJaxMathFax. My younger two worked primarily with the addition and subtraction facts, and focused on practicing the different levels. My older two started out with the Play For Rating part. When you choose this section you must start with addition and go through all the facts, which for my oldest turned out to be a bit boring and tedious. But like I say, you can never do too many math facts. I did wish that we could have enlarge the window the program came up in; it was large enough to see the numbers and words well, but our desktop was visible around the window and might have been distracting for my youngest.

 No one was jumping up and down for joy about this, but who really does when it comes to doing repetitive math facts? They did think that it was a little boring, and my one daughter thought that it would have been fun if it was more like a game. But they faithfully did the program as their math facts practice each day (with a little prompting from me), and yesterday my third child felt that she knew her 7's and 8's math facts better because of doing this.


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Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That we have one week to go before all the craziness starts. The county fair doesn't officially start until the 24th, but starting next Monday we will be at our fairgrounds every single day for a week.  Fun, but crazy.

What I'm reading: I took a break from reading Age of Opportunity to read the first two books of The Hunger Games series. Easy reads, and very interesting.

What I'm listening to: A quiet house. The kids are milling around, doing chores, another doing math....I'm also hearing outside sounds coming from the open window.

What we're learning: I decided to wait to continue on with studying the Civil War until after our break we take during the fair. So there are some historical events the kids will read about this week, but I will just have them free read for a certain amount of time per day: The Alamo, Lewis and Clark, and Daniel Boone. Our last co-op is this week so they do have work in geography, writing and science to do.

What I'm watching: My garden is slowly growing....the beans are climbing more, but only some of the plants. Which makes me think that a couple of the six packs I bought were not climbing beans but bush beans...two tomato plants are looking really good but the other three are not so I am thinking about transplanting them into containers on the deck.

What's cooking: This week I am making Chicken Marsala in the crock pot, Chicken Pot Pie, and chili with baked potatoes.

What I'm buying: This is my big shopping week, so I am making out my menu and shopping lists.

What I'm thankful for: I am thankful for friends, who share their lives with me. And I am thankful for their transparency and honesty; it is encouraging as we all traveling down the same road together, even if we are at different stages of the journey.

What I'm creating: I have one more review to write today and then I am done for a couple of weeks....perfect timing with our schedule.

What I'm praying: I am praying that our animals do well at the fair. Specifically, that the goat would make weight (be at least 70 pounds) and the rabbits as close to 5 pounds as possible.

What we did this last weekend: We had a slower Saturday; my Sweetie and I cleaned out a closet which felt great. Then, since it was 94 degrees that day, we all went for our first swim of the season at the pool. Saturday night we were able to celebrate at a friend's birthday party. Sunday my sweet family made me breakfast and gave me more vegetables and flowers for the garden. After our Sunday service we went over to a friends house for precious fellowship, grilled pizza and a walk to the river.

What I'm looking forward to: Everything falling into place for the fair. And sometimes I wish that it would just 'fall' into place. But no, I have to be on top of things and this week is the final push....we have to prepare the animals, get our displays ready, plan out all the food, brush up on animal knowledge, and study the manuals for rabbit bowl and rank sheet tests.

Pictures to share:






~First swim of 2012.




Thursday, May 10, 2012

Judah Bible Curriculum

Teaching Bible to my children is an important part of our curriculum; probably the most important thing I will ever teach my children. It is so important, that I will carefully examine a Bible curriculum to make sure that I agree with its theological and educational views.

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What it is: Judah Bible Curriculum is a chronological Bible curriculum, which uses the Principal Approach method. I was unfamiliar with the Principal Approach, so I needed to familiarize myself with this educational program.

The Principle Approach method is a consistent and ordered way of teaching which promotes Christian character and self-government. The focus is seeing God’s Providential hand in history, while having the goal of becoming internally governed. Four steps of learning are emphasized: research, reason, relate and record. The notebooking method is key to this process; it is a daily record of what has been learned and is built upon year after year. 

As a part of this curriculum you will take a year to go through the Bible, which is divided into five themes:

Theme 1: Creation
Theme 2: The Plan of Redemption Begins
Theme 3: Kingdom of Israel
Theme 4: Kingdom of God
Theme 5: Early Church

Each week you will focus on a Key Topic. The first four are Creation, Adam and Eve, the Fall, and the Flood. During the week you use Key Sheets which when filled out, would be added to your child's notebook. There are four different types of Key Sheets:

Key Individuals (such as Adam or Joseph)
Key Documents (the garden command or the Noahic covenant)
Key Events (creation, the tower of Babel)
Key Institutions (pre-fall society or pre-flood society)

The Key Sheets have all sorts of questions on them to guide discussion and writing. Questions include topics such as spiritual influence, the causes of an event, examining government at that time, and the mental disposition of the individuals being studied. 

Younger children can also draw artwork and give one sentence descriptions, while older children are encouraged to write paragraphs and essays. Everything the student writes or creates goes into the notebook, with the goal being to add information at every class session.

This curriculum is a one time purchase and meant to be used year after year. It will take 4 years to go through the whole curriculum; each year you focus on different events and individuals. Every 4 years you would repeat the entire schedule. Since your children are older the next time through, the topics would have more depth and meaning. This would also be a helpful curriculum when teaching Bible to multi-aged children.

What you get: The curriculum comes with the K-12 Teacher Manual, an Elementary Notebooking Ideas Booklet, and eight teacher training seminars on audio. You can purchase either a hard copy or the e-book version. I received the e-book version, which is $44 on the website. According to the manual, the only other main resource you will need to use is the Bible. The Bible is the textbook, with occasional referencing to a concordance or dictionary. 

The Teacher Manual is in an Adobe Reader format and has an overview of implementing the curriculum, master Key Sheets, the weekly Theme Guide, and timelines for further reference. The curriculum is a teacher-intensive program; the day-to-day decisions and discussions are left completely up to you. A daily lesson plan is not provided; for instance in the first week the manual states the weekly theme focus is Creation, the scripture reference is Genesis 1:1-25, and the suggested memory verse or weekly theme is Genesis 1:1. The rest is left up to you; what Key Sheets you choose to do and any other resources you decide to study. You can see the scope and sequence on the website here.

The Elementary Notebooking Ideas Booklet is a compilation of ideas to use for younger children. Some examples are a family tree of Judah, artwork from creation, and a letter to God. I was hoping that in this booklet there would be templates for me to print off to use with my children, but only samples that have been completed are shown. The format is also hard to read; some of the pages go back and forth between horizontal and vertical orientation.

There are eight audio files included; four of these are of the author speaking about different parts of Bible history, from creation to Revelation. These are meant to be listened to as you progress through the year. The other four are teacher training seminars which should be listened to before beginning to teach the course to ensure that the curriculum is properly implemented. They are titled:

Philosophy - Why and How
Methods
How God Changes Nations
Key Individuals - Joseph

These are lectures by the author, Bill Burtness, and are recordings of his teacher training seminars held for educators. 

So what do I think: Our family did this curriculum for about three weeks. Each week we read the scripture reference aloud. Then we did one Key Sheet per week: the first week we did a Key Individual Sheet on Adam, the second week we did a Key Institution Sheet on pre-fall society, and the third week we focused on the Garden Command with a Key Document Sheet.

I was delighted with the conversations that came from doing the Key Sheets. We talked about Adam, and what an incredible spiritual influence he had from God, being able to walk and talk with Him. We talked about what life was like before the fall, and how through one man's sin we all became sinners. And because of our discussions, I really wanted to like this.

Except for one big problem. While listening to the audio seminar on philosophy I was disturbed by some of the things I heard Mr. Burtress say about redemption:

"When we come to Christ we suddenly begin to follow the Lord and do what is right, simply because it is right and because God says that it’s right, and because it is the most intelligent thing to do. We decided that we are going to follow him as we get to know God more and more, and get to know the Lord Jesus and what he’s has done for us. Then it gives added motivation to continue to do what is right. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians the love of Christ controls us…when I know the Lord Jesus and what he’s done for me, then it makes me want to do what I am supposed to do. Because I don’t want to grieve him and I don’t want to bring anymore grief to his heart then is already there, and I love him. And I know what he requires of me is intelligent and right, and so I want to live an intelligent life. So in this way the love of Christ is controlling me. I am choosing what the Lord wants me to choose. I am controlling myself under God.“

But the Scriptures say:

"As it is written, None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands, no one seeks after God." ~Romans 3:10-11

And,

"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him." ~John 6:44a

Apart from Christ, His saving grace, and the Holy Spirit, I would never choose what is right, only sin.
  
And on the seminar tape titled How God Changes Nations I heard him say:

“God has a destiny for us. We need to be able to show [to our children] how important individual character is to God and being able to fulfill his destiny in their lives. And from there we can show how stupid sin is. If we can pass on an idea that sin is absolutely stupid …that righteousness is the only intelligent way to live, then they [our children] will grow up a whole lot.”

I do believe God has a destiny for us, to live for His glory. But left to myself, I would not lead my children heavenward, showing them how horrible sin is. Thanks be to God that it is not up to me and that it is only by His grace that He gives me the strength to educate my charges.

The bottom line: For our family, redemption is the basis of our faith. And using a curriculum that begins with a different theology than mine would be like stepping out in the opposite direction from where I want to go. I also know that with the teacher-intensive focus, and the demands that it would place on me, that this would be a harder curriculum for our family to implement.

 But I don't like to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Notebooking is an excellent way to comprehend and record what you have learned. Notebooking though, is not exclusive to using the Principal Approach Method; on the contrary as an eclectic homeschooler I use notebooking more than I realize. There are those of you that might agree with his theology, or can work around the differences. You might also appreciate the liberties and flexibility you are given as a teacher with this curriculum. But for our family, this curriculum is one I would choose not to use.

Please check out what other members of The Crew are saying about this product here.

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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, for my honest and humble review. All opinions are mine.









Monday, May 7, 2012

Homeschool Library Builder


Books are very important to me. Not just for fun reading, but for learning. And as a homeschooling family, we rely heavily on good literature and I am thrilled when I find good sources for buying it.


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So when the opportunity came up to review the Homeschool Library Builder site, I got just a bit excited. HLB is a homeschool-family owned company that specializes in selling new and gently used living books. A living book is a book that is written in a conversational, narrative style, which draws the reader into the story of the book, making the subject come alive.

There are many different kinds of literature sold at HLB: fiction and non-fiction, science, story books, classic literature and storybooks. There is an entire section devoted to homeschooling resources which include book lists from Ambleside Online, Beautiful Feet, Five in a Row, Tapestry of Grace, and Sonlight. These are conveniently organized by grade level. Each entry has a color photo and a short description of the book, including the reading level of the book and the condition that it is in.

 The website is easy to navigate; you can even look at products by age or geographic location. This would be especially helpful if you were doing a unit study on Africa. Having the list of books available about that area is a huge plus for me. There is also a Vintage & Hard-to-Find Book section which is a great place to find those out of print books.

The books were priced very reasonably; for example:

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain (which my children love)










Is listed at $3.99 in good condition.



Don’t Know Much About Mummies




Is a new book listed for $4.99.



And a history book in the Hard-to-Find section; How the Pilgrims Came to Plymouth










An out of print book in good condition for $5.99.


For a while there, I forgot I was writing a review and got engrossed in the Vintage Section….it’s like getting lost in an incredible library.

You can also become an HLB member for free. You would receive their monthly newsletter, and be eligible to receive points in their Book Rewards Program. You will earn points for every dollar you spend and for referring friends and promoting HLB. And during the month of May, there is a special sale of 25% off all items. So if you are building your library for school next year, take a look at this site and see what they have!

Disclaimer: As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I was asked to write about the Homeschool Library Builder website. No compensation was received. All honest and humble opinions are my own.

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That this is our week to go and pass out our auction buyer letters. It is not much work for me, I will drive the 3 older kids around our town, where they will go into business with their buyer letters, asking them to come to our fair and bid at the auction.

What I'm reading: I am reading a new cookbook this week, edited and partially written by my friend. And I can't wait to start cooking with it...The Art of Real Food by Joanne Neft and Laura Kenny.

What I'm listening to: Bookworm banging away on the piano. When she misses a note, she starts the song all over, a little harder and faster, which makes her make the same mistake again; so she starts over, playing a little more harder....

What we're learning: We are having such a good time studying the Revolutionary War that we will continue it this week. So this week the older two are going to be reading a Landmark book, The Winter at Valley Forge by F Van Wyck Mason, and the younger two are reading with me Can't You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz.

What I'm watching: Over the weekend my Sweetie and I watched the movie Moneyball. It was an interesting movie about the Oakland A's and their GM.

What's cooking: This week I am making Chicken Adobo in the crockpot, Vegetable Cheese Burritos, and Chicken Nachos with homemade guacamole.

What I'm buying: I can't think of anything I need to get out and buy this week....except for the usual vegetables, eggs, and milk on our weekly grocery trip.

What I'm thankful for: I am really thankful for our car. It is just an ordinary car, but we don't have too much trouble with it (yet), and I feel like we have enough room in it when we drive around on errands.

What I'm creating: I am desperately trying to create a goat that weighs 70 pounds. And it looks like we won't make it. The whole idea that goats eat anything? Well our little lady was not paying attention when that was mentioned in goat school. (Just like our rabbits who don't breed well, even though they are rabbits...) 

What I'm praying: For my children; as they grow in age I pray they would also grow in the knowledge of the Lord and in His grace.

What I'm planning: I have two reviews that I am planning to write this week. I also need to get a head start on another review that is due in a couple of weeks....things are going to get quite busy here from now until the end of May with all our fair and 4-H stuff.

 What we did this last weekend: We did some things around the house on Saturday, then went to church yesterday. We had our fellowship meal, then went to the assisted living center. Then over to a friends house for fellowship and Rock Star.

What I'm looking forward to: Our 4-H club meeting is this week and it is time for elections. Mr. Lego is going to run for vice-president, Bookworm is running for corresponding secretary, and I am going to try to convince Dasher to run for Sergeant-at-arms.

Two pictures to share:



~The supermoon on Saturday.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

How Does My Garden Grow?

My garden post.

I started planting over a month ago...some tomatoes went in and then lettuce, radishes, and carrots.

But last week I did the bulk of the planting (which still isn't very much), and then went out a couple of days ago to take photos.

I love before and after photos.

I will look at these in 4 months and think that it was all worth it.

The deck.



We live in an area where, if you dig more than 6 inches below the surface, you find hard clay. Really hard stuff. Which most of the plants don't do well in. So I am slowly putting more and more plants on the deck and this year added.....


....these!!


I LOVE these wine barrels.

Anyone in my area getting rid of any? Give me a call, please.

I have climbing beans in both of these.


Whenever I see these little bean arms climbing up the trellis, I think about God. He cares for these little plants and ordains them to climb like that which is amazing; he must take care of me so much more.

In betweenst the beans I planted Morning Glorys which are just starting to come up.


I have my lettuce planter box on there too...


These were planted in late March and will be harvested soon.

Here is some baby lettuce coming up....



....and my green onions, growing away.



Also on the deck are the cucumbers....



And also the pesky mint. This my friends, is the only place to grow mint, or else it will take over the whole backyard.


Each of my sweet girls picked some flowers to plant; every time I look out my kitchen window and see these I smile.



And every winter I see the spot in our yard where the roses come up, the spot which gets the best sun in the whole yard, and swear I am going to pull them out so the vegetables can go there.

But then I see this in the summer....and change my mind.






Bookworm started her own little garden straight into the dirt which includes lettuce, carrots, and radishes.




The snails and slugs have not found it yet; probably because they are waging war on my raised beds on the other side of the yard. (Score so far? The slugs took out all 6 of my snap pea plants and are munching away at the basil...see below for my counterplot.)


Here are the raised beds on the other side of the yard....




... and my tomatoes.


I only have 5 in so far....I am debating doing a couple on the deck so I can compare with how they do in good dirt.

The herb garden is mostly from last year....the strawberries, lavender, oregano, rosemary all made it through the winter. I have planted onions and the poor basil plant in the back.


You can see my retribution for the slugs in the orange container.....beer. They love the stuff, fall in and get drunk, then can't get out. HA-HA.

 And my pride and joy.....Comfrey.



For some reason this incredible herb (nicknamed the bone-knitter), loves my dirt and yard. Every year it comes back even bigger than before. This year, I plan on drying some of the leaves so I can take advantage during the winter of all the good stuff this herb can do.

I still have work to do.....there are two zucchini plants sitting on our patio that are going to go here....


....and I still want to plant more tomatoes and keep going with the lettuce and carrots.

And finally, since we are talking about things that are growing, here are our baby rabbits.


These are our market rabbits which we are taking to the fair in three weeks. THREE WEEKS! Time sure is flying and we have lots to do before then. I am sure it will be an adventure.

What kinds of things are you growing in your garden?