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farm & garden, moments, Winter

Surprise Snow Day

This December we were treated to a beautiful snow day. This happens so rarely in our little corner of the Deep South. The forecast said we might get a tiny bit, and so I told Harper not to get her hopes up too much. The next morning she woke up just after dawn and ran to look out the window. She came dashing back in to the bedroom and said “MAMA!!!! There’s SNOW ON THE GROUND and it’s everywhere!” I jumped up to go look (as I get as excited about seeing snow as she does!) and indeed, there was snow already sticking, and it was still coming down. We waited just until there was enough light out before heading out for the first play of the day.  We had some mishaps with the power going off and on all day, but all in all it was a wonderfully awesome day. We built a snowman, made snow cream, and snow angels. All the things we talk about when we daydream about snow. And if it doesn’t happen again for a few more years, we’ll have these sweet memories to look back on to hold us over. 

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farm & garden, summer

Summer Pretties (My zinnia garden)

Summer time has never really been my favorite. It’s so hot and humid! I decided this year though, to make a list of things that I love that happen during summer, so that hopefully with having things to look forward to, I would enjoy this season a bit more. My zinnia garden definitely tops my favorite things for summertime! 

 So today I’m sharing one of my joys-flowers straight from my garden! This year I planted zinnias, sunflowers, dwarf dahlias, and poppies. I have harvested so many little bouquets already and summer has just begun. 

I got my first ever peach colored and yellow zinnias! They are so pretty. Also popped in a pic of our first vine ripened tomatoes! Hope you enjoy this peak at the garden.
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farm & garden, spring

In the Garden: May

Hi friends! Today I wanted to share more about our gardening process with y’all. We get lots of questions from friends and family about this and it’s easier to explain if I share pictures of the progress.

We do raised beds and use the concept of square foot gardening instead of traditional rows. There are many reasons for this, but our main ones for choosing this route are that we have less weeds, we plant tighter together (maximizing the crops we grow in a smaller space), and for me, I think raised beds are just prettier. I know the last reason is silly, but I’m motivated by lovely views, and when the garden appeals to me aesthetically, I’m much more likely to spend time there.

This is our second year of starting our garden from seeds. Our garden has become something that we think and talk about year-round. Back in February, we made a list of all the things we wanted to grow this year. This is where I have to practice a lot of self control, because I want to grow ALL.THE.THINGS!! 

With the success of my flower bed last year, I knew I wanted to grow zinnias again and try my hand at a few other variety of flowers. We also wanted to go with our staples of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, & squash; but we threw in a few fun things like sweet peas, pumpkins, watermelons and giant sunflowers. 

We ordered our seeds from Burpee and when they arrived we got to work. We like to start our seeds indoors to get a head start on our garden.

This year, we started on March 9. This was a bit later than we planned, but still in the general time frame for the growing zone we’re in. We gathered all of our tools on the front porch and called it a party! Everything is more fun when you add music and family!  

Katie's May Garden Update: 2017

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