Wednesday, August 7, 2013

a garden...

One thing we enjoy is growing our own food.  Years ago, when we lived a stationary lifestyle in Florida, we raised our own beef, had a dozen or so chickens for eggs, and a vegetable garden big enough to can from as well as enjoy fresh veggies all summer.

I have really missed being able to grow our own food and teach the kids to do the same.  We wanted to at least have a garden when we lived in Colorado and Wyoming, but the high altitude climate was more than I could get my mind around and it just never happened (my attempts at flower gardening totally flopped).  South Dakota?  We lived on the edge of the prairie and it was way too windy to seriously consider it.  So when we found ourselves back in Florida for a while, planting a garden was at the top of the list.

With the uhaul truck barely emptied, it was time to play in the dirt :)!  The kids were put to work picking weeds out of the soil to help get ready for planting.  With five energetic workers, the job went super fast...

one down, two to go

When they were done, they all grabbed a drink and rested on the sea wall...

there is an old sunken boat that makes a rare appearance when the tide is super low

it is completely encrusted in oysters...I wonder how it got there and how long ago

pelican taking flight

two more pelicans, they are fun to watch :)

...while the kids were resting, Dan got their trampoline put together.

After a run to the Feed & Seed, it was time to plant.  We put sugar peas in the back bed...cucumbers, sunflowers, and zinnias in the middle one...okra, several varieties of squash, carrots, leaf lettuce, and green beans in the front bed.

view from the kitchen window

love, love, love :)!


  1. Melonie! I miss you. Your blog is awesome.

    Sarah (Knight) Westmoreland

    1. Hey Sarah!!! Its been a really long time... How are you? So good to hear from you :)!

  2. Good to see you on here. I love your blog! I'm so jealous! I have four kids now, Joshua, Philip, Shelby, & AB. I teach for the Florida Highway Patrol in their dispatch. I've really missed you. It's so good to see you're doing well.