Tomatoes Got Evicted and Rain Barrel Project

I had about 35 Tomato plants that HAD to make their way outside. They were starting to get to big to keep indoors and it's literally been 90 plus degrees out in the greenhouse so I figured they'd be safe out there, even if we have to put a heater out there at night.  

This is about 1/4 of them, but you get the idea... We took all those 5 gallon buckets I bought the other day, drilled drainage holes, filled them with rich top soil, and transplanted our larger tomato plants. Forget going to the gym! Seriously it was an insane workout doing this job. 

Once they were all finally in the greenhouse we hooked them up to the watering system and gave them all a drink! 

Time to start caging them up already too!  I need to buy about a ka-zillion more of these next time we are at the store...

After the tomatoes, we relaxed for a few and just enjoyed squeaker and the lovely weather...

This is his project of the day. Other than the tomato's of course.... we'll tell you more about it next time. 

Easter Weekend Gift to the Girls

We have kind of a "tradition" of sorts at our house.  For special holidays or celebrations we like to complete projects for one another.  Since it was Easter this weekend, we figured it was the perfect opportunity to build the kids their "play-house" we had been talking about for a while....

It was such a beautiful day.  I built a fire in the fire-pit next to where Erick would be working so I could stay nice and toasty and keep him company. We were out there for a few hours...

We made a trip to Kitsap Lumber and purchased the cement footings and some rain barrels that we needed for another project. 

One I told him where I wanted the new "play-house" to be located, he got started right away.

And despite me doubting how "straight" it was the whole time, he got the deck completely level. I was a little impressed, I'll admit. I never should have doubted him! 

...a box of "nice" nails for $25 bucks? Worth every penny. 

He finished the job late on Saturday night, and we woke up early Sunday to go over his handy work. 

And here ya go! One child's "play-house" deck complete. 10 feet by 10 feet.  Can't wait to start the house on top of it! (I'm sure our neighbors are loving this.....) 

Sari Sari Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?

This is what I woke up to this morning. Are YOU growing your own food? 

Cucumber Towers and Transplants!

My darling did such a great job on the new cucumber tower! Our little cucumbers will love climbing up this thing and provide great partial shade for our lettuces! 

I was so busy with transplanting today.  I transplanted the final tomatoes and peppers, so now they are all in the same size container and will remain in those until it's time to move them out into the greenhouse in a few months.  

So far, we have 3 types of onions, 2 kinds of carrots, 5 kinds of lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, borage, beets, turnips, swiss chard, bok choy, leeks, kale, collards, strawberries, potatoes, sunchokes, white raspberries, blueberries, garlic, radishes, and all our herbs growing either outside or in the greenhouse.  

There are over 60 tomato plants and 60 pepper plants indoors under lights with heat. 

.....and many, many, many more fruits and veggies to come as the following months approach.
 Anybody hungry?   

More Plants & Added Privacy

Walking through the nursery this afternoon we spotted this Lotus plant on clearance....

and then these! Jasmine plants... in pink of course.  We had to get some! 4 to be exact.   

My darling picked up a few of these also, just to help protect the new Jasmine plants from the mower and edger.  Good idea.

And we loved the colors of this ground covering. 
In the next few days we'll be snipping this tile up into 5 inch blocks and placing it up our walk-way in the backyard along with the other "step-ables".....

We measured and spaced all four of our new Jasmine plants alongside the fence.

Carefully, attaching them to the fence so they will be trained to grow up and out! 

....threw our little "mulch mat" around the base for added protection and we were finished! 

These things will get huge and cover large sections of the fence giving us the added privacy we were looking for! Score!

Composting, Garlic, Radishes and Transplants

Since we emptied the compost bin from last year to use in the Hugelkulture bed, it's got plenty of room now for our kitchen scraps. This stuff makes the most beautiful compost you could imagine.  Everyday, I just collect our food scraps in a bowl and take them down to the bin. 

I wonder how long it will take for this year's bin to get full? 

It was a whopping 85 degrees in the greenhouse so I decided to "air it out" a bit. Boy those plants sure are loving that nice warm weather down there! 

I have radishes popping up like crazy inside my gutters! 

All the garlic has sprouted and is growing nice and tall! LOVE homegrown garlic.

And check out how nice our seedlings are doing after transplant into the beds.  Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels, and all sorts of lettuces and leafy greens! We even threw in a little borage this year.  

From seed to garden beds.  It's been about 2 months. 

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