I am excited to be in a new year. Shortly after my previous post, our lives took an unexpected turn last year - during which time I did not post to this blog. A number of factors were involved in not writing at the time and now looking back I'm glad for the absence of posts. It's nice to look back on our time in Iowa through the pictures and writings that are here and remember the happiness and joy of the children, how wonderful it was to have our first home, to see our garden, etc. without any of the negative time documented. 8-)
Now, here we are in a new year with hopeful expectations for the time ahead of us. 2010 closed with great provision from the Lord and the blessing of hope renewed, I look forward to the year ahead!
You can find it at here at Pottery Barn Kids It's insanely expensive. However, thanks to Ana at KnockOff Wood - hopefully Dave will be able to build us one. Someday. Click here to see the plans for the Cubby Media Wall from Ana's site.
This summer is my first real gardening attempt since we've moved to Iowa. I tried last summer and did get some tomatoes, but due to the pregnancy - I really didn't get a chance to do what I wanted to last year. Sorry it needs to be weeded again...but anyway - Here's this year's crop list:
1. Tomatoes - 14 plants
2. Sugar Snap Peas - 40 plants (they're planted along this fence, hopefully this picture will look entirely different in about 6-8 weeks!)
3. Bush Green Beans - (all in the square foot garden - see below)
4. Strawberries - 11 plants (but only 3 look like they're going to make it....)
5. Watermelon - 6 plants
6. Corn - (all in square foot garden - see below)
7. Carrots - (but I'm not really holding much hope for these guys....they're also in the sq. ft garden but I don't think we made it deep enough for the carrots....)
8. Cucumbers - 6 plants
Later this month I'll be planting 3 different varieties of pumpkins for the kiddos in the fall - and for decorating! We'll also plant broccoli later in the summer for the fall harvest as well.
We're also experimenting with the square foot garden this summer. Here's our first square for the sq. ft. garden:
This square is holding: Tomatoes - 2 plants Carrots - 12 plants Bush Green beans - 81 plants (yes that's not a typo!) Corn - 12 plants
Right now our corn and the first crop of green beans we planted have all sprouted and are doing well. I planted a second harvest of green beans about 2 1/2 weeks later than the first batch, so hopefully those will be sprouting soon too!