Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Spring is great


This spring has been wet … not just rain but downpours, not just occasional rather daily …. so why is spring still great? Because everything is alive in the yard and full of potential for the summer to come. Between rain showers, I took a stroll through the yard to capture what we have growing and why I enjoy spring in Ohio.

Here are some pictures ….

Glow Light Box Upgrade


Last weekend Dakota and I planted some seeds for tomatoes, peppers, and herbs. This week they started coming up. So, the next step is to get them some light. Last year I tried using LED Christmas lights. It seemed to work with one complaint … the lights were so far away the plants still got tall and scraggly. So, this year I decided to put a false floor in the light box so that I could get the seedlings up to the light and lower it as they grow.

To accomplish this I cut out a scrap piece of plywood to fit in the bottom of the light box. Then I drilled four holes and hammered in some T-nuts. Finally, I welded some wing-nuts on threaded rod and viola … false floor.  Here’s hoping it works but even if it doesn’t … it was only an hours work and mostly scrap material.

Big Weekend


This past weekend was action packed for Dakota….

Saturday’s big attraction was a trip to Cosi. We spent most of the time in the kid zone. There, she was able to dress up like a doctor, play on slides, explore the water toys, and build with blocks. I think the doctor area was her favorite. She put on a doctor coat and wrapped a stethoscope around her neck. Then, proceeded to show us x-rays, weight a baby, give it a vial of medicine and wrap the baby’s broken arm and leg.

Elsewhere in Cosi, we tried to go to the Ocean exhibit but it was dark and “scary” so it didn’t last long. I have a feeling if it went any longer we would have ended up very wet. They had all sorts of water squirting toys and experiments with sand and water. We also went to the gecko exhibit …. also known as either “echos” or “yuckos” according to Dakota.  She did enjoy searching for the geckos since they were all hiding in the cages amongst the leaves and twigs.

Finally, Scott’s was there giving away plants and seeds to kids to encourage them to learn about growing things. The seeds came with a small plastic greenhouse for the flowers to grow inside. This worked out perfectly since I had plans to start seedlings this weekend anyway. They also gave us birdseed … which started another project.

Saturday afternoon after a good nap, we planted our seedlings. Dakota got Zenias from Scott’s and planted them in her little greenhouse. Then we planted tomatoes, peppers, and herbs in starter trays. Dakota poked the seeds down into the dirt and we covered them up, watered them, and put them into the window. The next morning she ran downstairs and looked into the little plastic greenhouse expecting to see flowers. Fortunately, she was receptive about waiting for them to grow so we’ll hope they come up within the next week or so before her attention span ends.

Sunday started out simple enough … we went to brunch at Lucasey’s, a local restaurant. Then, across the street to Lowe’s. The goal was to get some boards, plywood, and trim to build a closet in Dakota’s room so we have room for her clothes along with the baby’s new clothes. Of course, a trip to Lowe’s can’t be that simple. We did get the closet hardware … along with hardware to upgrade my grow box, and fix a rocking chair, and built a bird feeder …. because we got “free” birdseed from Scott’s …. which is the lesson of the week, nothing is free.

So again, after a good nap (by nearly all of us) we broke out the bird feeder. Dakota and I build the bird feeder in the afternoon. She was a big help … she loved asking about every little piece of hardware. She helped pick the right sized screws and twist the screwdriver. Unfortunately, she decided that the best place to put the hinges and screws were under things so we wouldn’t loose them. So we did spend a few minutes searching for lost parts. Otherwise it went well. We painted the outside her favorite color … purple and decorated it with Jaimie. The finished product was hung outside for the birds.

Somehow, I did find time to build that closet as well … which she’s surprisingly excited about. She loved the nail gun. She would jump, then giggle each time she heard me using it. She also enjoyed playing in the closet because it had a “roof”.

With that all done … for some reason we’re all very tired.

Garden is all in


Finished planting everything that goes in from seed. Corn, beans, limas, dry beans, pumpkins, and sunflowers got planted this weekend. I also got some tomatoes planted, put some onions in to try to get seeds from, and replanted cilantro and spinich.

Also, strawberries and pears are showing up now.

And finally, I got some radishes from the garden to snack on.