The past two weeks…

As my computer decided to crash two weeks ago, and I have yet to get a new one, I am a little behind on posting. So as I am posting from my phone, I’ll give ya a quick photo tour of the past two weeks of my lovely world. Hope you enjoy!

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It’s been a fun two weeks that have included gardening (making my flowerbed, trees, and window boxes look pretty), a quilt show with my grandma, fun times at work (enjoying our strawberries and making-or watching my coworker make-a watermelon baby for a baby shower at work), and having some redneck fun (scouting for turkey, dirt track races, and eating some good ol mudbugs with good friends)!

My life may seem country, and perhaps a bit redneck, but sure is wonderful!

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Straw Bale Garden 2013

Where I work, we have an outdoor area that could be very nice.  There is a covered deck, surrounded by a nice fence, and quite an open space.  However, it is rock, with weeds mixed in. There is not much to look at, but it has SO much potential. After a conversation with my boss and coworker, we decided to finally take advantage of that area – and the “Straw Bale Garden” was born!

Full credit must be given to my coworker, Emily, who also serves as my gardening instructor (god bless her because I know I am driving her crazy with all of my questions.) She is the mastermind behind this whole thing! As our outdoor space is mostly rock, this was the most sensible (and cheapest, easiest) way to grow our own veggies at work. To get started, we first took a poll at work at what type of veggies/plants everyone wanted. The results are as follows:

  • 4 “better boy” tomatoes plants
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 banana pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • salad greens
  • 12 marigolds
  • 10 asparagus crowns (planted in tractor tire)
  • strawberries (planted in tractor tire)

Then the fun started.  Last Friday, we blocked out the afternoon and went shopping for straw bales! Our organization supports local businesses, so of course local nurseries were our first stop! All week we watered and prepped the bales of straw to get ready to plant. We also set up two tractor tires to use for the asparagus and strawberry plants. Today, we once again made the trip out to a local nursery and bought the plants.  Then the planting began! We got everything planted except for the salad greens and strawberries – that is to come!

See below of the work done so far, and I will be sure to keep you updated on the straw bale garden! For specific information regarding the wonders of straw bale gardening, check out Emily’s blog at elephantgrace.com.

 

Garden Dream Team workday outside the office!

Garden Dream Team workday outside the office!

@elefantgrace at her creepy scarecrow!

@elefantgrace and her creepy scarecrow!

Obviously @elefantgrace is the professional! I looked confused or ran into things the majority of the trip!

Obviously @elefantgrace is the professional! I looked confused or ran into things the majority of the trip!

Straw bales with the plants (salad greens have not been planted yet.)

Straw bales with the plants (salad greens have not been planted yet.)

Prepping the tractor tire. "Reusing" cardboard, shredded paper, and newspaper to fill in the space.

Prepping the tractor tire. “Reusing” cardboard, shredded paper, and newspaper to fill in the space.

"After" picture-asparagus and marigold.

“After” picture-asparagus and marigold.

Garden Dream Team!

Garden Dream Team!

Easter fun with my little family!

Usually for Easter Sunday, my husband and I attend church, hunt eggs at his Mom’s with his nieces and nephews, and then drive an hour to eat Easter dinner with my family. Although we love seeing everybody, we are always rushed like crazy! This year we planned it a little different.

This year we kept it simple and decided to have our own easter egg hunt, but with a twist. You see, our “child” is a bloodhound named Oak, and he is not really interested in Easter eggs. So we held our own “hotdog hunt” just for Oak in our backyard.

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It was a lot of fun! And Oak even used his nose to find those hotdogs! It was a different Easter for us, but I enjoyed spending it with my little family hunting for hot dogs!

P.S. if you try this- remember where you hid those hot dog pieces! I forgot where I put half the pieces, which made for a very interesting hunt! 🙂