Devin leaves for a 12 day trip later this week. I hate for any of my family to be away, but especially for such a lengthy time. Devin will be undergoing some intensive teacher training for violin during that will enable her to be an even better violin teacher. We will miss her, but she will be staying with my youngest sister in a far away city. I know Devin will enjoy visiting with her aunt and Northern cousins while she is away.
Here is a view of some of the garden this morning. You can really see how things are growing if you scroll down a few posts to last week's gardening update.
The blueberries are hanging like grapes from our mature bushes, but I think we will go pick a few gallons from a local blueberry farm later this week. We can never have enough blueberries!! Blueberry muffins, cobblers and jam are favorites around here. I think we need to break out Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey to read with the little guys this week as well. It's also been a favorite around here for a long time!
Squash bugs may be our science lesson for today! I found these eggs on a couple of squash plants yesterday. How do we get rid of them? Any suggestions?
I do think we will be having fresh squash on the menu later this week. We also have some winter squashes that are growing well. This morning Jordan built a trellis for them as they were creeping into all the other squash.
More squash blossoms
The trellis cucumbers have grown tremendously in the last week. There are lots of blossoms on these plants. The bed to the left also has cucumbers in them, but THIS bed had lots more compost. The compost has really done wonders. Jordan added more compost to some beds last week and we can already see lots of growth.
We need to pick garden peas this morning. Kaelan has been eager to harvest these tasty treats, so I think she can take on that task in a little while. I think they will be a great addition to a fresh salad.
The garden pea bed
I don't know how much longer we will be getting lettuce. The lettuce on the right is starting to bolt, so I gathered up a big bunch of both types to share with a friend last night. We'll be eating salads every day this week.
Jordan has taken a wild muscadine vine and is trying to train it to a trellis. We would love to make muscadine jelly this fall!!
The chives need to be put into a bed very soon and I also have successfully stared some stevia from seed. I want to make a bed for the stevia as well.
I am so excited to see some lavender plants started. I direct sowed some seed that weren't successful.
I'm not sure that the plant in the lower right corner is a lavender plant, but I will leave it for a while to see.
Devin sanded and painted this old swing that belonged to Jeff's grandfather many, many years ago. The older boys sanded and spray painted the frame. I think it looks so nice now!
This old glider and coffee table have seen many years of use. They originally belonged to Jeff's mom, but she gave them to us years ago. They were originally white and I had painted them black years ago. I really like the bright orange now!
These antiques that my mom gave us have also seen many colors but I decided to go bright and really like this look! Now if I could only find a way to remove the red porch paint! A few years ago Jeff had a long trip to India and one of the many things I did to fill in the time was to paint the porch with a sanded paint. Oh, how I have regretted that! Our porch has a dip...right in front of that glider and water settles there after a rain. The paint soon buckled there and in many other places. We have tried using the pressure washer to blow it off, but it takes such a long time and uses so much water. I may try to get some type of long-handled scraper and take a stab at scraping it off!
But, before anything else can be done today, I must tackle this hallway cluttered with overflowing laundry baskets. Eight baskets of sorted laundry (I haven't done laundry since Friday) and some of these baskets are so full I will have to divide them into 2 loads. I am trying to keep the electric bill down by hanging the laundry out to dry. It's great for my tan as well!!
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Hope you all have a great week!! Get out and grow something!