Mother Nature decided today could be spring-like. Thankfully!
Rosie decided that today could be a Little House on the Prairie day. She got so angry when I kept forgetting to call her Mary. She also insisted that I dress as Ma, which includes wearing my Ma bonnet.
At one point the dog got out and ran down the road, and I chased her wearing my bonnet. I totally forgot it was on. The rest of the world wasn’t celebrating Little House on the Prairie Day today. (Though I certainly don’t know why. Everyone should turn their couch into a covered wagon, pretend their bicycle is a pony, and wear bonnets all day as a regular event.)
We spent the afternoon outside soaking up some much needed warm sun. (Rosie’s legs are not that white in person, yikes!)
This last picture of Ada is my very favorite.
Belly laughs in the grass, flower broken by chubby baby paws, big kissable cheeks, a huge grin, and a bonnet from Rosie’s beloved bonnet collection.
I wish Rosie would let me take pictures of her instead of running away.
(The Hipstamatic does a surprisingly good job of taking photos in full sun! These were taken with the John S. lens and the Ina’s 69 film.)
Shortly after this a tragedy occurred. Our doggy pooper scooper broke!
This is quite a crisis. I have three dogs and a baby who likes to play with feces.
We had to go to the store right away to buy a new scooper!
While we were there we got some strawberry plants. I decided to dedicate one of my raised beds to strawberries.
In the past my strawberries planted in the ground always get eaten by slugs and lost among weeds. Maybe the control provided by a raised bed will help us actually get berries to eat this year.
I also bought a couple of leaf lettuce plants and some red cabbage plants. I’m making a salad garden!
The other day I planted a mixed lettuce seed packet I got for free from the local university’s agriculture table at the store.
The last thing I need is a packet of spinach seeds. I’m going to plant the spinach around the strawberries in the raised bed.
When we got home Rosie and I planted everything. Ada helped.
I went around to the two spots in the yard where I’d previously attempted to grow strawberries and dug up any sprouting survivor plants I found to add to the raised strawberry bed.
I’m afraid once they send out runners it might be too crowded, but this year they should be fine.
When we were done the ducks immediately came quacking up to investigate and sample the fresh plants.
I didn’t anticipate this problem. I should have known.
Quick solution was to cover the bed with a piece of old fencing I dug out of the back of the garage.
I just have to clip off the excess draping over the edge tomorrow when I find the wire cutters…
Rosie helped me water everything. She’s wearing her pajamas for some reason, I’ve given up.
This is the salad garden. The red cabbage is right next to the leaf lettuce, but it’s kind of invisible in this picture.
The lettuce mix is in the space closest to the camera, it hasn’t sprouted yet.
We planted some tulips down where Rosie is watering to go with the lilies already living there.
I need to fix that sad looking wire fence! I accidentally got it caught in the tiller the other day and now it’s all wrinkled up and loose.
Then it was time for supper, bath, and bed!
By the way, check out my seedlings! They are growing great this year. I’ve finally figured out the best way to start them.
I saved up those big yogurt tubs that Rosie and Tyler eat and planted my tomato and pepper seeds in them, got the dirt wet, then put the lids on.
As soon as they sprouted I put them outside in my make-shift green house. I saw one of these for sale at Tractor Supply for like $65, and I realized wait…
I have those things in my garage!
It’s an old (dirty) 20 gallon long reptile tank and a piece of plexi glass and a few bricks to prop up the plexi glass for ventilation.
When it’s too cold out I put two jars full of warm water in there and close the lid for a little while. Instant warmth!
My seedlings get lots of sun, so they are strong and not too tall or floppy, and this is really easy.
I can carry in the entire tank at night if it’s going to be below freezing out.
Simple. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?
And…one last random picture from the other day.