I’ve shown you my gardens many times before. Not to any great extent because this if Florida. In Florida, even when you dig down 10-16 inches in your garden and remove all of the sand and replace it with nice, rich organic soil and compost, you will still wind up with sand. We did okay in our garden the first season and pretty good the second season…but not great. I’ve learned that I’m just going to need to raise it up since we want it to be organic and need this added expanse of dirt to make it work.
We’ve had a few changes in the last couple months that have brought up the numbers on our green-o-meter! One of the changes is that we’ve begun buying our organic produce from a local company called Affordable Organics. This company gathers organic only produce from local farmers and sells it in shares. It’s fantastic! And it’s cheaper or comparable to grocery store prices. They also provide an amazing variety of fruits and veggies that we wouldn’t normally be able to buy in the store. If you live nearby and want more info, you can find their page here. And if you don’t live nearby, but want to purchase from local farmers, do a little research. Chances are there’s a great company in your area or farmers markets that can provide you with some great fresh, local, organic produce. Continue reading »
The cooler months are upon us here in Florida. While much of the rest of the country is snowy and freezing, we are enjoying having the windows open and running outside without having to come in to avoid the heat or jump in the pool to cool off a bit. The girls have been enjoying their time outside. Before we begin our daily activities, we spend a good portion of the morning playing and gardening. Continue reading »
On our lanai hangs an orchid. When it blooms, it is absolutely breathtaking. Did you know the most common type of orchid is the Laelia Orchid? Ours blooms once a year and this year it opened, in all its glory, yesterday–on Laelia’s birthday. How fitting. After breakfast, Chloe pointed out the two marvelous blossoms looking as lovely as ever. I had to move it from where it hung to right in front of the window so we could gaze at as much as possible, for as long as we are graced by them this year.
It’s planting season again! August and September mean it’s time to get back out there and grow some veggies. The summer is good for…well, okra. Not much because it’s so hot. While okra is wonderful, I can’t wait to get back to growing those nice juicy tomatoes, giant cucumbers, broccoli, and all our other favorite vegetables.
I once saw a flower pot sitting around the base of a lamp post. After talking with my mom we figured out how she (the lady who lived in the house with the lamp post that we just happened to catch a glimpse of as we drove past) made this super purdy lamp post flower pot.
I think most of us are usually in the middle of a dozen projects and things, just waiting for the right moment for completion. I am such a person.
At this very moment, I am working on two Sunday School crafts. We are learning about David and Goliath. Tomorrow my kiddos will be throwing water balloons at a 108″ Goliath, made out of a plastic table cloth that I will tape to the outside of our church. That’ll be a good time!
I can’t say that every day is filled with adventure at our house. But today, we had a great adventure for our lesson. I thought it would be a lot of fun and a great learning experience to make a terrarium. Continue reading »
Every day we spend some time in the garden, but today was extra fun because we got to do a little bit of harvesting! Buckets and baskets in hand, we set out to gather our lovely veggies. Continue reading »