Weed free garden!

This has been one of the most wet summers that I can remember! I haven’t had to water the gardens in over a month because it rains so frequently! Yesterday alone it rained over 3 inches! That’s a little too much! So, weeds were becoming a problem! While I don’t mind pulling some weeds, it’s almost impossible to keep up with them. So, I figured I would try using the mulching method. So, I begged for some wood chips from our local tree cutting service and I received them! Thanks again!

Our load of wood chips!
Our load of wood chips!

First, I started by laying down some cardboard between my green bean rows. It wasn’t just weeds growing between these rows, but some crazy invasive grass. It was pure evil!

Cardboard first before the mulch!
Cardboard first before the mulch!

Then, I loaded and unloaded bucket after bucket of this nicely chopped maple mulch. It must have been a freshly cut tree because the leaves were still green! Doesn’t it look so nice?!?! And it’s much easier to walk through since it is always muddy here!

Weed free green beans!
Weed free green beans!

And after I worked on the green bean rows, I put more mulch down on the walkway through the garden. It is so nice to not see weeds everywhere for now! And I like not using plastic weed wrap because I don’t like dealing with any plastic!

The walkway, minus the weeds.
The walkway, minus the weeds.

So far the weeds have been much better and it helps to retain moisture too! I will continue to update on the use of the mulch, but I know that I definitely need to build up more topsoil too! And the best part is that there is so much more mulch!

Gardening all alone!

While the boys were off at scout camp, I was here at the Llewellyn homestead holding down the fort. That means: feeding animals, weeding the gardens and cleaning this house up! While in the garden, I noticed the muskmelon vines are getting so large and flowering! I have not ever grown them before, so I am still wondering if they will have enough of season to grown here! I’ll have to keep you updated on that!

Beautiful muskmelon flowers!
Beautiful muskmelon flowers!

I am happy to see that some broccoli will be hitting my dinner plate here in the near future!

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And after cleaning the chicken run of lots of nastiness and then cleaning the coop, I look towards the house and see this beautiful sight! It was a nice ending to a beautiful day! Now just to get my family all back home!

End to the day!
End to the day!

Finally harvesting something!

Man, it’s a hot one out there today!! After making sure that the hens were taken care of, I worked on pulling millions of weeds! Lucky for me, I have some sunflowers and tomatoes growing outside of the chicken pen and they don’t require any attention from me! I don’t even have to water them! The leaf litter serves as mulch and I’m sure they are well fertilized by the birds!

Sunflowers and tomatoes growing nicely!
Sunflowers and tomatoes growing nicely!

And while pulling weeds, I was able to harvest a few things! We only have a few strawberries left until next year, and I’m pretty sure the broccoli and peas are on their way out too! But I’ll enjoy what I get until they die off!

Yummy harvest!
Yummy harvest!

A little Sunday stroll around the garden

It stormed, as in rained over 2 inches in less than 24 hours, on Saturday! I was concerned that my garden was going to be wrecked! Luckily for me, it was just fine! Whew! So yesterday, the girls were allowed to run the yard and check for bugs and scratch some grass! And take dust baths! imageYes, that’s their favorite dirt spot behind the garage! I was lucky to find some tomatoes finally starting to grow! Unfortunately, I have no clue what kind they are! They just popped up in the garden this spring!

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Sweet potato vines!
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Some yummy broccoli!
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The mystery tomatoes!

As for the rest of the garden, it’s looking great! Now, I just can’t wait until I finally get to harvest some yummy veggies!

The difference that a year can make!!

Last year, the hubs and I jumped head first into turning lawn into garden. It was a rocky road, with pretty much all clay soil, rabbits that loved green bean plants and trying to figure out how to water this area. After extra fencing to deter the deer and rabbits, and an amazing watering collection system we yielded pretty good results! Below is the 2014 garden this time last year!

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Thanks to the help of the hubs, we were able to expand the garden by nearly doubling it! We added a door so that I wasn’t falling into the garden from taking down the corner of the fence! And with such rainy weather, we haven’t even had to worry about watering! The tomato plants this year are huge compared to last and the green beans are doing much better! Below is the new and improved 2015 garden! image

We plan on doing a little more every year! Grow food, not lawns!!

Upcycled flower pot craft

The mister found this: imagegetting ready to be thrown out! Being the amazing husband that he is, he grabbed this beauty and brought it home! He claimed that he knew that I’d use it for something! So, after some major scrubbing and stuffing the bottom with some used water bottles (to take up some room), my project was underway. I used regular vinyl in the circuit to make the letters and put some volunteers marigolds in the pot and placed it in my front stoop. The best part is that the whole project cost nothing, zero, free!!! And here is the final results:
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Green what?!?!m

Hello all! To all that know me, they know I’m a little off my rocker. I enjoy being an urban homesteader and as my own boss put it, “I should’ve been born in the 1800’s!” I love gardening, baking bread, homemade everything, and living on less kind of life. I’m blogging to show others that while I strive to live with less, it’s not as bad as one would think! I will be posting gardening pics, things that I learn along the way. Also, I’ll show mistakes I have made along the way. My goal is to show everyone, including myself, that I can live a more sustainable life while living in town! And I’ll leave off with a beautiful volunteer marigold!

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