Mother of Pearls & an Emerald

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Happy St. Patricks Day Update March 17, 2012

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We started our Copra Onion seeds on 3/7 and had some germination only 3 day later! Yesterday, we had about 14 seedlings up in each container, so we moved them under the lights. Today we started our pre-sprouting of Green Arrow pea seeds. Can’t wait to get them in the ground. The 2012 Garden is underway!


KinderGARDEN Week 12 07-24-11 July 24, 2011

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It was a hot one this past week! Here are a few things we observed in the garden this week:

First Tomato Harvested!

First "real" Jack Be Little Pumpkin

Until now, all of the little pumpkins would grow to about a cherry tomato size and then shrivel up. This week we noticed two large ones that are doing great! Here’s Mister Emerald staring at the “Punkin”! And we’ve never grown pumpkins before, but one of the three is threatening to take over the world. It’s UNBELIEVABLE how large they grow!

First Violetto beans on the trellis

And here’s how the three areas of the KinderGARDEN are shaping up:

Cutting Garden

Trellis Arch

Sunflower Forest

And Kim asked if we have any animals and if they are a part of our garden! We have cats, but only one insists rather loudly and obnoxiously to go outside. She is a Mama cat we rescued, who gave us 3 adorable baby kittens in which to love! She is a master hunter, although I think she’s allowing her prey to feast on our square foot garden bed before she pounces… Here she is laying down on the job apparently!

We are linking up with Kim at The Inadvertent Farmer and her KINDERgarden 2011 series. Stop over to see Kim’s new additions to her family!


KinderGARDEN Week 11 “I’m ready for my Close Up, Mr. DeMille” July 15, 2011

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I had to google that quote to learn the exact origins! I’ve heard it before and thought it aptly applied to this week’s KinderGARDEN update. Last week, Kim at The Inadvertent Farmer asked that we get up close and personal with our cameras in the garden. So, here are the results:

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We are linking up with Kim at The Inadvertent Farmer and her KINDERgarden 2011 series. Stop over to see all gorgeous, fascinating close up shots of what’s growing in our gardens!


KinderGARDEN Update 07-11-11 July 11, 2011

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Late posting again, but we made it in under the wire again! We had a busy holiday weekend celebrating our beautiful country.

We mostly just putzed in the garden this week: tying up vines, pulling weeds (drat that PURSLANE), trying to keep everything alive with no rain in sight. (So wish we’d have spent the money on a diy rain barrel system-next year.) And of course, we munched! The Golden Raspberry patch went nuts this season. Usually there are two harvests-a small one in June and a larger one in September. Mister Emerald has found that he LOVES  “strawberries” as he calls them and eats every single one that’s ripe. I love all the garden bloggers who blog their “Harvest Mondays” with Daphne’s Dandelions, but I’d never have any figures to post. Nearly everything is eaten garden-side!

Not a great pic, but Mister Pearl is feeding Mister Emerald raspberries!

Lastly, our sunflower forest is growing like crazy. We had Father of Pearls make this cute Sunflower Measuring Stick (8 feet high) and by the time I’m posting this from when the pictures were taken, they’ve grown at least two more feet! (And I just looked at that picture again wondering why Miss Pearl grew so much too-ahhh she’s standing on a brick paver stack!) They’re starting to bloom and I love all the varieties. We could have used some cute, short Teddy Bear varieties too.

This pretty Sunflower gal was the first to bloom. I thought it was a “Vanilla Ice”, but it may be the “Jade Hybrid” as it’s center is light colored.  This flower growing from seed can get very addictive. We plan to save lots of seed this fall.

We are linking up with Kim at The Inadvertent Farmer and her KINDERgarden 2011 series. Stop over to see all the good things growing in our gardens!


KinderGARDEN Update 06-30-11 June 30, 2011

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This week’s KinderGARDEN assignment was to turn over the camera to the kids! The Pearls sure loved this task.
First up, just a few highlights from Mister Pearl (He easily snapped off 40 in the short time frame though):

My Budding Photographer

I really loved the angle of this one and the sun flare.

Broccoli-the kids were fascinated with how it grows vs. the bunch bought in the store!

And of course, siblings capturing siblings on camera give some of the best candid images I have. You can just see something different in their eyes.

Love you, Brother

Now for Miss Pearl:

Miss Pearl's Photography-specializing in MACRO images

Pumpkin Vine blossoms Closeup

Marigold Closeup

And we couldn’t do without another sibling close up! Love the reflection in his eyes 🙂

In Your Eyes

We are linking up with Kim at The Inadvertent Farmerand her KINDERgarden 2011 series. Stop over to see all the images captured in our gardens through the eyes of the kiddos!


KINDERgarden Update 06-17-11 June 18, 2011

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We got alot accomplished in our garden this week. We planted out everything we had on hand for the Cutting Garden. They were all grown by seed, mostly through winter sowing. There are Bachelor Buttons, a wildflower mix, and Tall Snapdragons in the back row. Wintersown Echinacea, Shasta Daisy and Black Eyed Susans in the middle row. Our beautiful Dwarf Zinnias and Butterfly Weed in the front row. I may need to get some more bloomers for cutting to fill in this year, as I’m not sure that second row will even bloom the first year. We also have some Moss Roses, Sweet William and Phlox to plant in the very front.

Corner Cutting Garden

Beautiful Girl with her beautiful Zinnias

Next year, we’re growing Zinnias in ABUNDANCE! They’re so pretty. Let’s hope we can keep the Japanese beetles off of them.

This is also pretty cool, Miss Pearl’s teacher presprouted bean seeds with their class, but they left them over the weekend in their hot classroom. Look at these roots! I found it pretty fascinating. Truly, this entire spring of growing plants from seed has been remarkable. How a huge plant grows from just one tiny seed… It’s hard for me not to be moved by my faith while out in the garden.

And we did pot these up and later plant in our square foot garden.

The Bird-X netting over the strawberry patch seems to be working very well. Lots of juicy, red strawberries for the kids to enjoy. Even Mister Emerald is learning quickly this year how to harvest his own tasty tidbits in the garden. Just wish they’d save a few for Mommy!

Siblings Sharing Strawberries in the Summer

We are linking up with Kim at The Inadvertent Farmerand her KINDERgarden 2011 series. ***We are beyond excited to find that we won Kim’s contest featuring a copy of Sharon Lovejoy’s book “Sunflower Houses”! Please stop over and visit Kim and all the other KINDERgardens linked there for so much fun and inspiration!


KINDERgardens Update 06-13-11 June 13, 2011

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Now that the Sunflower “House” had been finished,  we were so anxious for Father of Pearls to install the cattle panel trellis. But, we had so many rainy days last week that he didn’t get to install it until this past Saturday. We had pre-sprouted the bean plants for it and potted them up and they were getting so big already! Our three Jack Be Little pumpkin vines were also getting so HUGE and needed to be planted. I was debating tucking those into the landscape on the North side of our house in front of some shurbs. Last year we noticed a neighbor did this. I never really took notice until we saw a huge pumpkin growing! It looked beautiful with all the lush green leaves trailing through. I’m getting very interested in “Edible Landscaping”.  So much so that I tucked some Zucchini plants in between a space in the Lilac bushes on that South side of the house that gets alot of sun.

Back on Memorial Day, we were sharing our KINDERgarden update with my Mother in Law, who is an avid gardener and landscape architect, and she excitedly showed us her new vines she had bought-a Hyacinth Bean and a Bat Plant. The Bat Plant has the neatest flowers that look like little purple/red bats flying! I had mentioned that I was thinking about adding some annual flower vines to the trellis for color and she surprised us with 8 gorgeous vining annual plants from her favorite nursery! We have 3 Bat Plants, 3 Black Eyed Susan vines and 2 “Candy Corn” plants. What a gift that was to our little Kindergarden!

After we hosted a huge “Three Ring Circus” Birthday party celebrating our three sweeties on Saturday, I was so excited to wake up Sunday to a gorgeous, sunny day. Finally, we could get the rest of the KINDERgarden planted!  Here it is best explained in pictures! (Click any photo to enlarge.)

There was already little pumpkins forming on our vine!And I think the Hopscotch turned out really cute. The 12×12 tiles were only $1.25 at Walmart. My Mom cut out the number stencils on her Cricut. I still need to paint a rectangle stone for “Sky Blue”! We still need to run some soaker hoses and mulch the entire area. Hopefully we can do that this week. Then we get to watch and wait for everything to GROW!

We are linking up with Kim at The Inadvertent Farmerand her KINDERgarden 2011 series.