Monday, November 17, 2014

Fall Garden Fun

We recently revived the garden that was covered in no less than a foot of grass and weeds. It took three days to complete the task, with everyone pitching in  .... very be grudgingly of course.  Now that things are growing the kids can more clearly see what their work has produced. Tiny green sprouts emerging from every seed they placed in the ground. I was raised by parents that grew by all standards a huge family garden (it could feed a small village) and I am not going to lie .... I hated it. I hated picking the purple hull peas... I hated picking the green beans.... I hated the bugs and the muggy hot mornings when you had to wake up much to early to work!  It's almost comical that I would plant one myself and then force my kids to do what I hated. When I was a child it looked like torture and now it looks beautiful. Every time I walk out and piddle in the dirt, water, weed etc. It brings a since of joy and accomplishment. I think I love the fall garden even more because you get to enjoy a nice growing season without the Texas summer heat beating you down. I look forward every day to seeing what has grown and changed.
     It took me sometime, being new to the area, to find a store that sold bulk seed not to mention plants that were not overpriced, but what fun when I did. We planted: mustard greens, radish, carrots, spinach, kale, red and green cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, peas, onions, and strawberries..... now all I have to do is keep our pet rabbit cheeto from reeking havoc.


Everyone hanging out before


Cheeto trying to get in

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We Bought A Farm

      So lets see Michael and I have know each other for 16 years! In that time we have lived in ... multiple apartments, a trailer, in one room over an antique store, hotels, a house we built ourselves, Germany, and in 6 other houses we have bought and sold... In town, in the city, and somewhere in between we have tried a little bit of everything and a few months ago when we returned from Germany we found what we had been looking for, for a very long time and so .......we bought a farm!
     We are now the proud owners of a 21 acre homestead. It came complete with a nice little house, 3 barns, a large shop, and as an added bonus ... a swimming pool Hooray!
   Now comes the fun part turning this place into our home. I have to admit I have some big dreams that include..... working sheep, lavender fields, espalier orchards, and a large vegetable garden with lots of European influence.
   If I am the dreamer in the family then Michael is the cool dose of reality. He is always keeping us in check and along with his full time career he now has the joy of a homestead to care for. Thankfully along with keeping me some what in  reality he is also an incredibly hard worker. It makes him pretty handy to have around.  Which is good because our fall garden is already in the ground and we should have a few baby chicks hatching soon....


So on to our next great adventure....