Friday, September 13, 2013

Demise of The Jalapeno

The Hubby's potted jalapeno seemed to get a second wind in the last month or so.

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The boys picked all the peppers so that we could figure out something to do with them.

A couple of days later I noticed that not only were the peppers gone, but all the leaves were, too:

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Upon closer inspection, I also found the culprit:

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Dang hornworm.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tomato Update

We're still getting tomatoes out of the garden.

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We'll see if I get enough to make another batch of tomato sauce.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Peppers

Our luck with the peppers this year has been so-so. They didn't do much at first, because they were being overrun by the zucchini.

Then the first one just rotted and fell off:

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The second one didn't seem to fare much better:

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The next two fell off the plant before they even ripened:

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There have been a couple that look a bit better:

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We'll see if we actually get to eat any.



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Play set

We decided to get the kids a backyard play set. This decision, and the subsequent acquiring of said play set occurred a couple of months ago.

It has been sitting in boxes in the garage ever since.

I thought we would just be able to assemble the play set, and let the kids have fun. We would take a weekend, get a little help from the neighbors, assemble the unit like the dozens of pieces of IKEA furniture we've done in the past.

Apparently it's not that simple.

The instructions first advise you to clear off a space of about 30' x 30' for the play set. The play set itself requires about 15' x 15', the larger area is to be clear of any obstructions to give room for the swinging and sliding and playing. The instructions also say to apply nine inches of mulch as a base.

Yes, nine inches.

Do you know how much mulch nine inches is? That's almost 25 cubic yards of mulch. At a rate of around $20/cubic yard for mulch, we're looking at $500 just for the base of this thing! Thank goodness for Freecycle. I posted a request and got several responses.

Of course, before we can add any mulch, we have to clear the space for it.

First we thought we would put it closer to the house, along the side of the yard. We have a slide in that area already.

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I used some wood to mark of the corners of the outer area and the inner area.

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I started working on digging the edge so that I could get the grass out.

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One of the issues to deal with in this location is a large branch that juts out into the space.

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The Hubby cut it down, and we helped him to clear it out.

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Then we decided we didn't want it there.

We decided that we would actually want it toward the back of the yard. So we began the process of measuring and marking off again. This time, there was a tree in the way, and The Hubby cut that down. I found the center of the measured area, and started digging from there.

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The boys were eager to help in the digging.

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Since I didn't have a wheel barrow, I improvised. These IKEA bags can be used for so many things.

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We are still not finished digging out the area for the play set, but we're still working on it. We decided that while the mulch is important, a whole nine inches is probably a bit excessive for us. I'm sure the company puts that in because that's what they've determined to be "safe", and if we don't follow their requirements and something happens, we can't complain (sue).

We've decided that we're going to put mulch around the play set itself, and make sure the 30' x 30' area is clear of any obstructions.

Hopefully we'll get it up before it gets cold.




Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Big Boy!

The Little One has turned three! My baby is growing up and I can't stop it.

He wanted to have a train party, so we picked up a Thomas balloon at the grocery store.

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He also wanted to wear my sunglasses.

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They're not handy for reading, though.

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I had some fun playing with filters with this shot.

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I couldn't decide which one I liked best, so I put them all together!

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Happy Birthday, baby!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Still Producing

The garden has slowed down as the summer is drawing closer to its end, but we're still getting a few things out of it.

This jalapeno had a chance to get red before I picked it. Now I can make some chipotle with it!

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A couple of Cherokee Purples and a Better Boy

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One of the peppers rotted and just fell right off the plant.

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The eggplants we have right now are kind of tiny.

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The sunflowers are starting to bloom.

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