Growing up is hard work

Currently at our house, there is a lot of growing going on! Birthday season for the kids is coming up in the next few weeks. New clothes have had to be purchased and/or made because old ones are too small. Both kids are graduating into higher levels of learning. The garden keeps growing, both weeds and plants. With a bit of sunshine today, we are all moving forward.

DS will be joining a lot of other teenagers soon. This is a day he has waited for because in our state, he will finally be able to sit in the front passenger seat of the car. Of course, this means arguments with his sister, or at least until she completes driver’s education and gets her license. Unfortunately, growing up has also meant that the trousers I purchased a little over one month ago, no longer are long enough and new ones had to be purchased. DS is getting tall and is going to be just as handsome as his dad. This week along with the new trousers, I made him a new shirt for church and proper dressing up time. We also picked out a nice gray tie to go with the shirt and trousers so he’s all set for hopefully the summer. With my luck, he’ll be grown out of both way too quickly.

As DS enters high school in the fall, DD will be headed to college. She is excited about this prospect, although we catch her enjoying a bit more of “play” time with her brother. I know that will only happen a wee bit longer and then she will move on to do her “thing”. DS has been very lucky with a sister who enjoys, most of the time, spending time with her younger brother. Of course, she now has to look up slightly at him as he is taller than she is.

Last evening, DS went out to the garden to try and take a few pictures. Thanks to rain for several days and then some sunshine today, the garden is doing pretty well. I’m still concerned about the tomatoes and my peppers in the front bed are not doing so great. A few of the tomatoes are starting to snap out of it, but some are still in major shock as it has been quite cool. I used all my water walls, after two of them “bit the dust”, and then covered the remaining tomatoes with the tops of water bottles. Today, the water walls were like mini greenhouses inside, so the kids and I went through and pulled up weeds around plants that were trying to grow.

Ahhh...some weed that need pulling.

Ahhh…some weed that need pulling.

All the water bottle tops are off my cabbages as they are doing well. I still have two broccoli plants that are covered and hope they will come through.

The row of bottle tops farthest left are the cabbages and the next row beside it is broccoli.

The row of bottle tops farthest left are the cabbages and the next row beside it is broccoli.

The yellow and zucchini squash plants are coming up and growing nicely. Thanks to warmer temperatures this afternoon, some of the cucumber plants have finally popped through the soil to show their faces. We also found okra plants coming up alongside the corn and green beans that came up earlier in the week.

Corn growing

Corn growing

Green bean plants

Green bean plants

The peas, kale, and onions continue to grow nicely. All were watered this evening as the first two to three inches of soil were starting to dry out. I’m hoping that my carrots which I weeded earlier in the week will get on the stick and grow. And, unlike last year, the potatoes are growing beautifully.

From top to bottom: peas, kale, potatoes, onions

From top to bottom: peas, kale, potatoes, onions

Closeup of kale

Closeup of kale

Behind the peas is the lettuce and between the kale and the peas are carrots, but you can’t see them yet. Our beets are also growing nicely.

Beets

Beets

DS has lost one or two of his melon plants due to cold temperatures. He had them covered with straw, but they still didn’t do really great. I’m hoping that at least one of them will perk up for him.

This afternoon I went out to pull as many of the weeds that were also growing in the garden as I could. We are starting to see goat heads come up and so I’m trying to keep up with pulling them. We also have lots of little trees and some grass that had to be pulled. Around the edge of the garden was a spreading ground cover that has decided to invade. It has purple flowers on it and these little seed pockets at the end of its vine. We pulled out a lot of it in the front and now are pulling it out of the edges of the garden. It is also in the yard, but I haven’t tackled it there, yet. I also pulled up a couple of wild morning glory plants that dared to have pink blossoms. Thanks to all the weeding, the chickens had a great green afternoon snack. The younger chickens don’t always partake in the greenery, but hopefully they will learn soon.

Waiting at the gate to see what they will get.

Waiting at the gate to see what they will get.

Everything has been watered and most of the weeds pulled. I will have to pull more of them on Monday, but that is an ongoing process until harvest time. It will be worth it when we are able to harvest all the good veggies and either eat them fresh or can and freeze them for next winter. I do think I will have to go purchase a few pepper plants to replace the ones that didn’t make it, but I will just confine myself to 2-3 jalapeno plants, 2-3 bell pepper plants, and 2-3 chili pepper plants. Hopefully we won’t have any more cold and these will grow nicely in the front bed alongside the herbs and flowers.

The area in between the water walls is full of green beans, corn, and okra. Some of the okra popped up over the course of the afternoon.

The area in between the water walls is full of green beans, corn, and okra. Some of the okra popped up over the course of the afternoon.

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About susanssnippets

I wear multiple hats: wife of 25+ years, mother and homeschool teacher to DS15, chauffeur/riding companion to DD20, daughter/daughter-in-law, crafter, home engineer and too many others to list.
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