Friday, April 12, 2013

Nature's Pals

Back to the land of the living...probably should have been the name of this post As many of you know, we came down with the flu virus last month. First Chelsea, then Madison and they were so clingy that of course, I got it too. It was awful, I couldn't even eat solid foods for four days and didn't have an appetite for about 3 or 4 days after the virus was gone! It was pretty bad but thank God we are all better and I will definitely somehow take better precautions next year, I can honestly say that we haven't had the flu in a number of years and my guard has been completely down where that is concerned.

Anyway on to happier times... We spent a lot of time out in nature this past week. Well with Spring finally here in all its glory, we have taken full advantage. First we visited a creek that runs through 2 cities where we live.

 Later in the week we went to a lake where we saw a migration, I guess you'd call it, of caterpillars. They seemed to be everywhere but all traveling in the same direction. It was a very cool and educational thing to see as we all talked about how they must be searching for a place to build their cocoons.

Last but not least we planted our garden!!! Yay!!! It was hot out there and the girls were "feeling" it. This is our first garden so to me it has very little rhyme and reason to it. So here's what we planted Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers and onions. I have cantaloupe seeds that I want to plant as well. We're just diving in and hoping to do an even better job next year. My mom tells me that the cucumbers are going to be a pain. Oops, we didn't know.

We also planted marigolds as my father-in-law told us that they would be a deterrent for some bugs and insects. We planted on Wednesday of this week because the weather forecast said that it would rain on Thursday and boy did it. So our garden was well watered yesterday and hopefully our seeds are on their way.

We labeled popsicle sticks to help us remember what we planted where.

We also spread our compost over the garden after we planted. Generally you would place some compost in the soil where you are sowing the actual seed. Our compost however was not 100% ready. I'd say it was about 50% ready and an ant family took up residence in it so we had to spread it out in the sun and air to get them out and then we took what was ready and spread it out over top of the garden space. Hey, nobody said that it would be easy...I sure didn't ::smile::.

As always, thanks for reading and leave a comment and I will come and do the same on your blog so leave link as well. Have you been out in nature or do you still have snow on the ground in your part of world???


Also watch out for our next Silly School Song, Plant Life!! We're working on it tonight...should be a fun one!!! And if you haven't yet, help us get the word out by liking us on facebook. Thanks a million!
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  1. We are doing a tiny garden this year too. We have had lots of fun with cucumbers in the past. I hope yours work out.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. Thanks Dawn! Good to know you've done cucumbers...I feel better about. We eat/use so many of them that it wouldn't have made sense for us not to plant them.

      Thanks for dropping in...

  2. The garden looks great -- can't wait to see how it grows.

    1. Thanks...I'll definitely post pictures, win, lose or draw. :)

  3. YAY! You are back. I was kinda worried.
    Ya'll have been busy.

    I hope to get some containers up this year at least. I'd like to do a proper garden, but may have waited too late.

    Great pictures. Beautiful family!
    So glad you are all well!



    1. Thanks Em,

      You know, it felt like a long road back to feeling "normal" and then being out of the habit of blogging...that took even more time to return to me soooo, yes I am back. Thanks as always, for stopping by!

  4. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library. Love what you do with the kids. I am featuring you this week

  5. So glad everyone is well now! Thanks for sharing your post with us! I hope you join us again (yeah I know it’s a day late… linky issues) at Eco-Kids Tuesday!!

  6. How exciting to do your first garden together! I love that you're doing it as a family too. I usually have good luck with cucumbers, so hopefully, you will too. Thanks for sharing at the After School Link Up!


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