Sunday, March 29, 2009

Of Blizzards and Plants

Well, it is now blizzarding outside. Will spring ever arrive?! Hopefully it will, because we've got a bunch of little plant starts in the study here. We've got a few tomatoes, a couple of eggplants, and a flat each (72) of dill, cilantro, parsley, oregano, chives, and basil. All the herbs are growing except the cilantro. We used peat pots (the expandable kind) so the kids had fun helping fill them with water and watching them expand. These herbs we will hopefully sell for a dollar a piece and put the proceeds towards Arden's mission fund. We'll see how this year goes--if well, maybe we will expand our operation next year! It is a nice little project Arden can help with, and will hopefully teach him a little about business and money management.

Speaking of gardening...Curtis and I have been re-reading the Square Foot Gardening book, and I think we are going to give it another whirl. I like the book because the author, Mel, looks like the Englishman on Mad, Mad World, minus the gap in his front teeth. It makes me smile whenever I see his picture in the book. Anyway, last year we tried one square foot garden, but it was a poorly done experiment, as we didn't quite follow the directions for the soil mix, and on top of that, our sprinklers to the garden were inadvertently left off for a month or two. Curtis will not live that one down for a while, especially since he assured me time and time again, after I kept mentioning that our garden looked dry, that he had for sure set the sprinklers on. Ha! Ha!

We also are hoping to make some significant progress with our landscaping. Mostly, we are limited by our budget! I can't believe how expensive trees and plants are. Bah.

Let spring arrive!

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