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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Around the Homestead

The arrival of spring always beckons me outdoors with an eye towards improving our little homestead. This year has been no different and over the past few weeks we've spent our Saturdays sowing, gathering, digging and dreaming in this slice of suburbia.

We planted a veggie garden out front, which has become something of an annual tradition. B Daddy built a lovely raised bed for us and between it and some odd and end containers we are the proud caretakers of 5 tomato plants (four started from seed - fingers crossed they thrive), 4 string bean plants (also from seed), 3 pepper plants, 3 cucumber plants, some lettuce and carrot seedlings as well as rosemary, basil, mint and cilantro. The kids enjoy watering everything and harvesting mint leaves daily. We shall see if I have enough tomatoes to keep us away from grocery store tomatoes this summer...that's the goal!

This past weekend we embarked on another DIY endeavor in the backyard - a treehouse. It's quite obvious that B Daddy and I are more excited about the prospect at this point in time than the kids are. I have been Pinning and researching treehouse structures like mad. B Daddy texts me in the middle of the day with new thoughts on zip-line extensions and ladder options. In my head it's a glorious hideaway and adventure base for the kids - I hope it's well-used and well-loved in real life.

Spring also means the girls are laying again! Well - Hester is laying. I hope the new chicks follow her example soon. Check out the size difference between her egg and a "large" grocery store egg - incredible.

And thanks to those of you who took the time to comment or email me about the college post from last week. I was so encouraged by your thoughts and perspectives. The treehouse project is how we are using our new found "fun" money this month! ;)

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