Category Archives: Garden

Posts detailing the garden and outside of the house.

Hey, it’s our house!

Thanks to Mid Century Home Style for serving up old plans!
Our house is a Weyerhaeuser model 5127 home

Sorry for the long-time radio silence here. Having a kid has eaten our lives and left us with very, very little time to do any home improvement projects. EVERYTHING IS AT A STANDSTILL, AND IT SUCKS! That to-do list below? The only additional things we completed were getting the silver maple evaluated (it doesn’t have to come down yet, but it will within the next 5 years), having a garage sale (it was good), and revamp the look of the blog (which I hate more than before I did it). Everything else is still languishing. UGH. The arched doorways? Not done. The patio cleared? Nope. Comprehensive plan? Not even.

However! We have some cool stuff in the works, as we’ve decided that 2014 is THE YEAR OF THE YARD! Our yard is in pretty dire straits, but at least we’re working with a blank canvas, right? RIGHT? I guess. I’ve been working on gathering ideas together into a Pinterest board (I know, totes lame), and just today came across the image above. It’s our house’s original plan, holy crap! Thanks to Mid Century Home Style for serving up old plans! The only changes include the little wall making the front entry into a vestibule being removed, leaving it open to the living/dining area, and the fact that a former owner in the 60s added on a kitchen, making the old kitchen into a little dining nook area. Otherwise, that’s it! We found footings in front of our front windows that we had wondered might have been an extension of the existing front porch, but according to the picture above, it was actually a planter! We might have to bring that back.

So, stay tuned for more posts about plans and progress pictures! And maybe I’ll actually get around to putting together the posts on my to-do list below. Someday!

Garden progress

Sorry about not updating very often. I had a semi-difficult courseload during the Spring semester, and school kind of ate my brain. Luckily, the garden didn’t mind my lack of updates one bit. Take a look!

As I said before, we grew a bunch of veggie plants up from heirloom seeds we got from Baker Creek Seeds. While most of the flower seeds we got from them didn’t do much, the veggies are flourishing. I was really scared that all of the tomatoes weren’t going to survive the chilly weather we had right after we transplanted them into the ground. They stalled for what seems like forever! My boss told me that they’d pick up after it got really hot and sunny for a few days, and she was totally right.

Tomatoes
Here's one of our tomato plants.

Squash
The squash is getting huge!

Peas
Peas!

Borage
My borage has exploded! I need to figure out what to do with it.

We ended up supplementing our heirloom plants with a few from the local hardware store, since our hot peppers didn’t seem to be faring too well and I wanted some more herb varieties.

Onions
Onions

Thyme
This thyme smells delicious.

Dill
Dill

We’ve also got some volunteer oregano from last year that’s come back with a vengeance, some mint that doesn’t taste/smell very minty (weird), and a few other goodies. In case you’re craving some full-yard shots, here you go (ignore the weeds!):

Yard

Yard

Yard

Revenge of the seedlings!

There is no rest for the weary. Or is it wicked? Maybe it’s both, and maybe we’re both, and there has definitely been no rest for us lately. The yard is really coming together, and it’s really exciting. We’re actually getting comments from neighbors about how much work we’ve done to the house, and about how pretty soon we might be invited to be included in the neighborhood Garden Walk, and we’re both a little sheepish (but all the more dedicated to improving our plot). Kevin’s vision for the overall design of the garden in back is really coming together, and it’s exciting and exhausting to watch and work on it. More update pictures of the backyard will be posted later, but for now let’s take a look at the seedlings!

Coldframe
Here's the coldframe that Kevin built to act as a greenhouse for the seedlings to get them ready to plant.

Seedlings
And here are the seedlings themselves! I'm a proud seed mama.

Seedlings
They're getting so big! Almost ready to go in the ground!

We’re going to have a pretty giant garden this year, including a very large plot dedicated almost entirely to herbs. My oregano and mint from my little herb plot last year actually (surprisingly) came back this year, which is a little magical to me. Nature amazes me.

What are you planting this year?