We finally did some yard work and have the front yard looking just about as good as it will all summer.
The Front of the House
Lawn mowed, new wood chips laid down, and flowers planted!
I went to a greenhouse with family a few weekends back for some flowers to decorate our front stoop. I really love all the flowers that I picked out. I don't really have any fixed opinions on flowers and don't know a lot about them in general. I'm starting to be interested now though. Our house was so well landscaped with perennials when we moved in that all the hard work has already been done for us.
I'll be able to re-use this welcome planter every year. Love it!
This is my first attempt ever at putting together a flower arrangement in a planter. How did I do?! I like it.
We still need a new mailbox though...it's on the long "to do" list for the summer.
The Backyard Garden
If you've been following along on my Facebook page you already know that we planted a garden this year. I've hesitated to show any pictures in case the whole thing doesn't work out but some of the vegetables are thriving. Crookneck squash, pumpkin, mini-pumpkin, spaghetti squash, summer squash, zucchini, green pepper, & green beans.
Others are not doing so well ~ I'm not holding out a lot of hope for the carrots, lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower. Something is eating up the tomatoes as well. I'm trying to have this garden be as organic as possible.
I will take any and all suggestions to get rid of ants! They are all over the garden. I'm going to try sprinkling cinnamon all over the garden next. I tried baking powder first (I poured circles around each plant as I read that ants won't cross over the powder to get to the plants). I think that's what killed the tomato plants. That or the ants. Any and all suggestions and advice is welcome!
The amount of tomatoes that I planted is just ridiculous! Very few are thriving which is what I was worried about and why I planted so many.
Just a few days later and look how much all the plants grew!
I have cherry tomatoes in a planter by our back patio. I want to see if container planting will work a little better for the tomatoes.
I have lavender planted in one large pot and a kitchen herb garden assortment in the second large pot with parsley, cilantro, basil, & chives. The small black and white pot has more basil in it. I can't wait to be able to go out to our patio and just grab herbs for cooking this summer!
A few of you have asked to see some more current photos of Miss Olivia. Here are some of my favorites from the last few months. She will be one this month on the 18th! Time is just flying by!!
In the front yard enjoying the outdoors ~
An evening at the beach ~
Wish me luck as I continue to learn how to care for an organic garden.
Enjoy spring, everybody!
Have a wonderful day!
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