From the Garden to Our Plates

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We neglected our garden this summer while we were traveling. As a result, we do not have as much produce as we could considering how much we planted. Despite the neglect, our Kentucky wonder beans are thriving.

Green beans in the garden

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Down the Water Spout

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I have wanted a rain barrel for a while now. Douglas received an Amazon gift card for Christmas, and we decided to use it to buy one. Amazon has a lot of rain barrels to choose from, but we chose this one after doing some research. We also bought this downspout diverter to go with it. Again, there were many diverters to choose from, and we chose the one that we thought would work the best for us. You might want a different kind.

Rain barrel

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Lazy Dayz in the Garden

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Last week was our first week of summer vacation, and we spent it preparing for our yard sale last weekend. I have a lot of projects planned for this summer while we have more time. Unfortunately, I do not seem to have the motivation to complete any of them. I have been slowly cleaning the house, which was a huge mess after the sale this weekend, but other than that things have been stalled. We have been lazing around and enjoying the yard.

In the yard

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Maximum Garden-Minimum Cost

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On Sunday, Douglas did a 62-mile run. I was exhausted just writing this post; I had to take several breaks. My excuse is that I have been sick, but I still feel like a big wimp. I am proud of him, though, despite questioning why he does what he does. I do appreciate that he never gives up when there is something that he wants. Here he is with Junior after the race.

Douglas and Junior

Douglas will never give up on a race and I swear not to give up on my garden this year. After three years of living in the Cape of Dreams and taking care of the yard, I finally feel that things are starting to come together the way that I want them. I was fortunate when I moved in that the house was surrounded by wide flower garden bordered with Belgian blocks. There were some bushes and flowers in the garden and yard, but not nearly as many as I wanted. The gardens looked rather sparse and the side and back of the yard was a tangle of overgrown bushes. I did not have the money to do what I wanted in the beginning, but I have been slowly filling things in with plants that I love.

Cape of Dreams in April 2013

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Quite contrary, I would have to say, at least that is how my garden has grown in the past. I am hoping that this year will be different. To be honest, it always starts out well. I love to garden in the spring, and Kahlua is happy with how things look. I finally got a great picture of her. Have you ever seen such a happy dog. It is hard to believe that merely a year ago she was on the brink of death.

lulu bouncing

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Putting Down Roots

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On Sunday, September 30, 2012 I went horseback riding with my friend Connie, while Douglas attempted a thirty mile run on the Adirondack Trail with another Douglas, whom we call Junior. Yes, they really are that crazy. Connie and I stopped at BJs on the way home, and I bought bulbs, among other things. When I got home, Douglas and Junior had decided to cut their run to twenty miles, but they were still not back yet. So, I decided to do some work in the garden where things were not looking so good.

Messy garden

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Rocking It – What To Do With Rocks

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While they were building the school where I work, they were throwing the rocks from the excavation over a hill beside the school. I was given permission to take as many as I would like and have taken quite a few, but there are still thousands of rocks in the pile. Am I the only one that gets excited about free rocks? When I took the first ones in 2010, I was not sure what I would do with them, but I was sure that I could find a good use for them. I decided to make this circular garden.Front yard in April 2012

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