Monday, May 30, 2016

The Garden is Planted! *for the most part*

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Happy Memorial Day!  I hope that you are able to spend it with friends and remembering why we celebrate Memorial Day.  I want to take a moment and thank all the men and women who have given their lives while serving our country.



Memorial Day weekend is also the weekend that I typically plant our garden.  It seems like it is the best weekend to do it, although after conferring with my mother last week, she explained that I can plant after the full moon in May.  I'm glad she is telling me now, since this is the 10th year I will be gardening here...Thanks mom!



Back to planting!  This weekend the heat returned, and we ended up having a 90 degree day on Saturday - not the best day for planting, but perfect for a BBQ with friends.  So I waited until yesterday to plant.  It was cloudy and cooler in the morning, and to me, that is the perfect weather for planting.  Of course by about 11am the clouds were gone and it was 75, but still a nice planting day.



I was able to get almost everything planted.  Well, at least everything in the ground that I am planting this year.  



We still have to buy potting soil to plant our Earthboxes as well as the other pots that I have.  



When I started gardening back in 2007, I started with ALL pots, and nothing in the ground.  I love my pots, and when I added space to garden in the ground, I continued using the pots for specific plants - specifically my jalapenos, sweet peppers, and some roma tomatoes.



This year I am also going to be planting some potatoes in pots as well.  We planted maybe 7-8 pounds of potatoes in the ground, but then ran out of space.  Since we had already dug up space for the potatoes, Matt put his foot down to not dig up anymore of the yard for garden space this year.  



Overall, I am incredibly pleased with what we were able to accomplish this weekend in the garden!  Now I hope that we will have an stellar summer of warm weather, no hail, no pests, and staying on top of the weeds.  

How do you celebrate Memorial Day weekend?  Do you have family members that have served?

30 comments:

  1. Your garden looks amazing. I swear my next house will not be so shady that we can only grow hosta and ferns!

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    1. Thank you! I am really pleased with how everything looks now...although it looks like we are going to be in for an extended period of rain, so I am crossing my fingers that everything doesn't end up dying! You should try growing lettuce and spinach, it doesn't need a ton of sun :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Your garden looks amazing I wish for you a wonderful harvest. I began my gardening in pots too and still use them for specific plants, this year I added some flowers to the front of my house. I was ill for several weeks so I missed the prime vegetable gardening in Florida but lucky enough to be able to plant again in the Autumn. Have a wonderful Memorial Day, I am spending my day with hand embroidery projects.

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  3. I am so excited for you - your garden looks AWESOME. I can't wait to hear about all the stuff you grow this summer.

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  4. It looks great! I am trying sweet potatoes in pots which I have never done before. Curious to see how they turn out.

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  5. Congrats! :D I would love to have potatoes planted. Because then I could make a ton of potato soup and french fries and hashbrowns and I don't even know what else, but I'd figure it out xD
    And my mom is the same way - I tell her something I'm excited about and she says "yeah, I'm aware" a lot of the time and it's just...thanks for telling me, mom. xD

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  6. Don't you feel accomplished?? I always feel so good when the plants are in. I sure hate weeding but my husband doesn't, so that works out for us!

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  7. Well we Had broccoli coming up, I say had, because our friendly neighborhood ground hog ate it all. There is a trap set up now...your looks awesome!

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  8. Yay, I hope you get a lot of awesome food from your work!

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  9. Oh i love the little squares! I've always wanted a garden, but I don't have the space living in an apartment building. It looks like everyone had a great day!

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  10. I'm glad I'm not the only one who gardens on Memorial weekend. We've had a bit of a heat wave so I haven't got around to it yet. Great ideas.

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  11. That is such a beautiful garden. I love the way you divided the sections and the surrounding nature. It's such a peaceful place to garden and enjoy the outdoors.

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  12. I did a pallet garden this spring. It looks a lot like yours. It has been successful thus far. Hope yours is just as successful!

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  13. We planted ours last weekend and our bean seeds are already coming up out of the ground! I love this time of year, can't wait for our first harvest!

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  14. Congratulations on getting your garden planted! I dream of a garden that big someday. :)

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  15. I wish I could do what you're doing! My garden is a hot mess (as my 4yr old would say). I also have a black thumb so I'm not even going to try and do anything to make it better. I love yours btw.

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  16. What a beautiful garden! I dream of having my own garden someday and the image of my perfect garden is pretty much yours x

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  17. Lovely--so glad you get everything planted. I need to get more dirt for my potatoes also....they seem to just take over and go crazy. :) Sounds like it was a great weekend! I spent Saturday just being lazy and restoring, Sunday doing some work, driving an hr to meet an old high school buddy (& his family) to watch his son play in a basketball tournament, and then took the dogs on a quick evening hike. Yesterday I had a mtg with my boss for two hrs downtown, spent my 8 mile jog around the waterfront thinking about the soldier from my ex's unit who was KIA and how much he loved truly just loved life, and then laid on the patio in the sun for a bit before doing some reading in bed for the evening. It was a relaxing weekend in which I tried to turn work off and relaxation on, while still thinking of those from my military family. Oh and in regards to your newest post...I am desperate to purge the house/garage again :) Big hug your way!

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  18. So lovely! I don't have much yard space but my boyfriend and I are planning on growing some flowers in some planters we bought. Definitely makes our house feel more like a home!

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  19. What a busy weekend you had? We relaxed a lot - school is not out here until this Friday, so no adventures or family project until next week. Happy summer!

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  20. Wow! You did a great job on your garden! I love those little plots. It's the first year in our house, and it hasn't gone well for us with gardening. I'm going to keep trying though! We celebrated the weekend with my family. My dad served in Vietnam, and my brother is active Reserves!

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  21. Don't you love the sense of accomplishment when you get the plants in the ground and growing! That urban farmer feeling is so good! I let our garden go wild last year and am ready to start tackling it again and get it back to it's former glory! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. It looks wonderful! I was planning on working on my garden in late April, but still haven't had a chance. I need to soon, especially since summer is around the corner.

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  23. I love how you plant your garden. Very organized and looks like it would be easy to take care of. Thanks for sharing on ideas. Visiting from Our Simple Homestead blog hop. Sharing.

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  24. What a gorgeous garden, well done, that must have been a massive task to get it all planted in a weekend! Unfortunately my two puppies won't allow me to plant my veggie garden as they eat every plant they find and dig holes everywhere! lol. At least I have my potted herb garden!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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  25. What a cute garden! We had a joyful Memorial Day. We took time to remember those who paid the highest price for our freedom and did a little backyard grilling :)

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  26. I haven't done anything this year! I've been such a slacker! Yours looks great! You're my motivation!

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  27. Great Job everything is looking so good!

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  28. Your garden space looks so wonderful! Good luck with everything you're growing :)

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