I need to clean my cabinets because we trimmed our trees. That may seem like weird logic but proves to be entirely true. Remember that issue I mentioned in a former post concerning too much shade over the garden because of the overgrown tree? Well, tree trimmer Jim visited and took drastic measures. Drastic as in my yard looks completely different and there is more light than I ever imagined possible. So much light that my kitchen and bathroom, both of which have windows at the rear of the house, are now bathed in light. While I appreciate the extra light it drew my attention to the fact that my white cabinets are not nearly as white as I had thought. Three kids living in the house means that I wipe the cabinets down often but apparently not well enough. It's kind of like when you only realize how dusty your house is once unexpected visitors show up. Maybe I should have garden baby wash them since she sure loves bubbles!
Now back to the trees - the root of my sudden need to clean. The canopy of leaves that shadowed my itty bitty backyard is 100% gone. Gone as well are the cute arches over the pallet garden which took a hit from a falling tree limb. Luckily, however, the fall plant babies survived. The husband promises an even better design to replace the arches using...can you guess? Branches from the tree of course! I think it will look quite charming when all is said and done. As for the state of things now...far from charming. The yard looks much like a person rudely awakened by someone throwing back the blinds - kind of shocked and confused.
Admittedly I was upset by the shocking transformation but now I see the good that will come from this. One, tree trimmer Jim promised that my trees will come back stronger, more evenly shaped, and probably faster than expected. Second, I see a perfect spot for a chicken coop! Garden baby and big sister Bella will absolutely love having their own chickens. Third, Tom and I have come up with some really great ideas on how to expand the garden and make it more productive. All will be well. Our backyard oasis has a bright future ahead of it...literally!
The bucket tomatoes did really well so next year I will grow them again. To renourish the soil I have chosen to compost directly in the buckets in hopes that it will become beautiful soil by spring. Wouldn't a time lapse video be interesting?
Please, no more photos!
Adventure time! Last week my family and I vacationed in Williamsburg, Virginia and had a magical week together. Our garden, currently referred to as "The Jungle," was left in the hands of our very capable neighbor Miss Hannah. When it comes to teenagers, she is one of the very good ones. She spends hours with my children spinning elaborate stories and choreographing stunning sword fights to go with each tale. The swords may actually be sticks from the yard but in the minds of imaginative children they are gleaming weapons well suited to a castle knight. We are truly blessed to have Hannah in our lives and very thankful that she took good care of our garden. As for the runaway gardener, I jumped at the chance to explore gardening colonial style. Take a peek at these pictures I snapped with my phone while chasing 3 children running along the cobblestones...
What's happening along the Green Brick Road? Well, as I mentioned in my last post and also above the garden has officially turned into a jungle. I even saw an actual tiger emerge from the depths...or probably it was our cat Bunny and I should drink more water while working in the hot sun. What we truly do have happening is...
Fiery peppers turning red
Compost surprises revealing their identities.
Compost surprises that still have no identity. For real, what is this thing? We have more than one of these misshapen pumpkin/melon thingamibobs.
Tomato and pumpkin plants taking over the neighbors yard. I owe them double rent for sure! Rent in the form of tomatoes that is.
Carrots and kohlrabi! Yay!
Poor garden baby overwhelmed by the weeds and in distress that the raspberries have disappeared. No fear garden baby! Weeds are only flowers to another and the raspberries will soon return.
After biting into a disappointing peach purchased from the grocery store, Mr. Husband decided that we were due for a trip to Brown's Market. We tucked the kids into the car and off we went! I still remember picking peaches, strawberries, and cherries with my Grandma and hope that my children will remember these experiences as well. It was a great day and I am thankful for these special moments with my family.
Welcome to The Green Brick Road. My name is Valerie, and I invite you to join me and my family on our gardening adventure. We hope that you will learn with us and grow with us. Pun intended!