I'm kind of on strike today. I did not walk the kids through their chores, I did not do house chores. Those can wait, and the kids can handle cleaning their rooms and bathrooms, or we will deal with it later.
The weather is AMAZING today- I've spent all day in the garden and green house just puttering. I planted another few flats with wild flowers, coleus, sun flowers, squash varieties, flat parsley, and Siam basil. I set up an old ladder as a trellis, planted out the rest of the tomatillos, planted corn and beans, spread vermicompost and Sluggo and fertilizer. I tied back the double daffies and yanked out the singles. I love that my garden is starting to get that layered feeling. Love love love.
View from the front porch
Really, really happy that we have a gardener this year. My wrists are still weak, and will possibly be that way for a long time and will always require a little pampering. Weeding isn't easy for me. He just does the big stuff: pressure wash, mow and edge, and keep the weeds down. I walk around and pull little weeds when I get a chance. As my plants fill in over the years, weeding gets to be less and less of a chore. Oh man the weeds were TERRIBLE when we moved in, and in the first few years. I was in baby years, and we would have patches of dense, waist-high weeds that I would have to tackle in sudden bursts.
I measured my soil fertility and PH today with a little gadget I picked up last year. All is good except in one bed that I always blamed myself for: fertility is hovering around 1 and PH is too high. (All the other beds are at a comfortable 7 on the fertility scale. For reference, even though I have no idea what the scale is!). I top dressed with compost from my worms, the rest of my good potting soil, and a good sprinkle of slow-release fertilizer and Sluggo. I've done all I can for the year! No wonder those plants always failed in that spot.
I am super happy with how the yard is going. I have a list of spots that need filling, but what is there is lovely.
When the afternoon got hot, and I was done, I sat in the yard and soaked my feet in a big galvanized tub. I'm a suburban hick ;). Did I mention I did all this in my pj's and an old straw hat? Yoga pants and an old tee seemed like a perfectly fine way to spend a day :)
I made the weirdest dinner tonight, and the kids adored it. Everything was sweet. First there was an AMAZING canary melon. Then I candied pecans with a sugar, salt, and a little chile powder. There were bread and butter pickles, and finally shoestring oven fries with ketchup (which is nearly as sweet as jam.). Mimi was in HEAVEN.
I cleaned the kitchen, swept, ran the dishwasher, and cleaned the pig's cage and then served up ice cream for everyone.
OH. J was busy today- back at Christmas he bought me heavy-duty outdoor lights. Today he installed a post and guide wires, and strung the lights. One strand is faulty, so he'll return those, but it looks magical!