Edible Landscaping

Over the weekend, we had the chance to pick our first batch of leaf lettuce and the results were tasty!  Grandma came to visit and she got the first batch of clipped lettuce.  Daddy was so proud of being able to finally clip something from the garden that we grew. 

We are starting to get nice sized beefsteak tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and our red peppers are now forming, along with a few really small jalapeno peppers that we will use in our homemade salsa, and we even have a little cucumber that has emerged.  Ah, the pleasures of watching your garden start to produce veggies is awesome!




Our red warty thing pumpkins are getting bigger every day, and it is amazing to see them every morning because we feel that these guys do all of their sprouting at night.  We have four red warty things now growing, three in a container, and one in our flower bed.  We so can’t wait to see a pumpkin start forming from these seeds, as the red warty thing will be reddish-orange in color with “warts” all over it, so this will be something interesting to see, not to mention, very cool to carve for Halloween! 

Our Jack Be Little pumpkins, that we started indoors under the grow light, are coming along nicely as well.  They are forming incredible leaves and will be blooming shortly.  Jack Be Little pumpkins are those small pumpkins that you see piled up at the grocery store in Fall and make adorable decorations around the house.  Finding out how many we will produce will be interesting, but we have lots of these planted so our chances of a nice crop will be good. 

Mommy was on another creativity trip again this weekend and made an American Flag out of a pallet.  She started ripping apart a few pallets awhile ago to make a potting bench, but this process is going so slow because pulling a pallet apart is really hard, so she decided to take the few pieces she did have and make an American Flag to hang on our fence by the garden to give our backyard a patriotic look.  She used four pallet strips to make the stripes and painted them.  She did not paint all the way to the edge, rather just lightly added the paint to the strips to make a more aged look.  Then, she cut a piece of another pallet strip in two pieces, and nailed the red & white pallet strips to thee two pieces in the back to hold the strips together.  And lastly, she cut a small square out of pressed wood, painted it blue, then hand painted a few stars on it, and lastly she nailed the square on top of the red and white strips.  Now, the flag hangs on our fence and adds an adorable patriotic touch to our garden area.  So, if you have a pallet just lying around, try making one for yourself! 

We finally got rain over the weekend after about four weeks with no rain.  The lawn and garden was in pure heaven as the rain fell.  We have been working really hard to keep our lawn “green” as we watered every day with the sprinkler – we had to because we fertilize our lawn and did not want to burn it and have our grass look like hay, like most of the lawns do in our neighborhood.  All in all, we were so lucky to receive this rain, as it has made everything in the garden jump for joy, not to mention it gave them all a growth spurt! 

Mommy will let you in on another project she is working on that involves a different kind of cement.  She is experimenting with it right now, and once she perfects the process, she’ll show you what she’s up to. 

We had such a great weekend, with visits from Grandma and Auntie, visiting Grandpa for Father’s Day and Grandma even gave me a new toy – a Minnie Mouse!  Ever since Grandma gave me Minnie, I play with it every day and even take it to bed with me every night.  That Grandma of mine is so thoughtful as she has bought me about 1/2 of the toys in my toy box!  Thanks Grandma!