Thursday, May 29, 2008

Our Garden!

Randy spent about 9 hours outside working yesterday! He finished planting our garden, mowed and trimmed the lawn and put down black paper by the garden beds (weed control). I was able to help here and there while Jacob slept/was awake and happy. To our raspberries and strawberries, Randy added 2 kinds of corn, cantaloupe and pumpkins! We are hoping at least one of those veggies actually grows. It's our first time planting a garden so if we're able to at least grow one of those things we will be happy! The good thing is we were pleasantly surprised to find really moist, healthy soil. I thought it was going to be really dry, but it was actually perfect. Now the trick is to water them properly. Right? I have a tendency to over water our plants. When we first got married I killed like 3 plants because I was totally over watering them. I hope I'm able to keep our veggies from drowning. I guess I need to read up on some gardening tips. Do any of you have any tips for us? Like I said, we're totally new at this so any help/suggestions we can get are welcome!

Working hard in the hot sun!

The bottom bed is cantaloupe, the two right beds are corn, bottom left is pumpkins, top left is strawberries and very back is raspberries!

Raspberry bush and strawberries :)

Raspberries :)

At one point during our busy day of lawn work yesterday I had to go and sit in the grass with Jacob because he was bored of just looking at us in the distance. He had been playing in the pack n' play outside (in the shade). He just loved playing in the grass...but after a little while he figured out you can eat grass too! I got a few pictures...

-Playing in the grass/Eating the grass-

We are still doing some work indoors too, my bathroom is almost finished! Thank you mijo for working so hard!
I'll have to post some pictures when it's done.

On another note, this morning we got the scare of our life! Randy took Nala out this morning as usual, then he came inside to finish getting ready for work. He was almost out the door and asked me if Nala had come in yet. She still hadn't but I didn't think anything of it because she does that all the time. So Randy went out to the side yard and the gate was open! Randy went around the block but wasn't able to find her :( He got in the car and drove up and down the streets near by and still no luck! I was so afraid because #1 She is the cutest little dog ever, and #2 She doesn't know anything about surviving on her I was praying Randy either found her or one of our neighbors found her and was nice enough to call the phone number on her collar. Jacob had just woken up and was hungry so I wasn't able to go out and look...all I could do was pray. And about 20 minutes later Randy came back...and out jumped Nala! I guess she was just a street over sniffing around the neighbor's lawn. But Randy said he drove up and down that street at least 3 times! I'm so grateful our prayers were answered! I love Nala! She can annoy me to death sometimes, but I love her like my child! She just turned 4 on the 27th actually. She's such a good dog, and she's been so good with Jacob. I'm so relieved and happy we didn't lose her. Note to self: Be kinder to Nala today :)

-Why we love Nala-


DM said...

Thanks for waking me up!

I was reading your blog post and when I got to the part about Nala I wondered, "Where's Daisy?"

I had just left the back door open (I just finished cutting the grass in the back) but neither Lorenzo nor Daisy ever go out in backyard unless I go with them. I had accidently left one of the gates in the back open after putting away the hose, (it's on the side of the house and leads to the front) and sure enough, Daisy was gone. She wasn't in the backyard.

I quickly put on my shoes to embark on my trek through the community to find her, assuming the worst - she didn't have her collar on either. I closed the gate on my way out the back yard and there she was, sitting in the grass in the front yard ;-)

If I wasn't reading your blog, who knows when I would have realized she was gone - thank you!


tiggermama said...

Congratulations, you did it! I am so proud of you guys to take on such an awesome garden! It's a lot to take in, for your first gardening experience. you'll do wonderful! I think strawberries and raspberries need mucho water, and it's recommended to use mulch around them. I googled watering a vegetable garden, and found this: I hope it helps.

Love Always,
Jensen gang ;-)

Pam Hernandez said...

Claudia, that's awesome that you guys are building your own garden!!! I would love to do that!! Give Jacob a big kiss from his Tia Pam!!

Stephanie said...

Your garden looks awesome. I love garden fruits and veggies. I steal food from my parents every year. Jacob looks so cute and sweet sitting there on the grass.

Joel said...

Randy's got nice legs.

Josh n' Katie said...

Good job on the garden...It looks great! Remind us to hire you next year!
What fun pictures of Jacob, he is getting so big!
Collin was so excited to see pictures of Nala. Good thing you found her she is such a fun dog!

Liz said...

Your garden looks AWESOME- I should put some pics up of ours...three rows of peas and that's it- who in the heck is going to eat that many peas? I dont even like peas- nice job Mark! haha I'll have to post pics of our other garden though that we're sharing- it's SWEET!

Rammells said...

My gardening suggestion: Randy needs tighter pants.

Cool garden, we are jealous of your green thumb skillz!