Bluebonnets To Peaches

Our First Harvest
July 29, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Gardening

Our garden has been doing really well, especially for our first try at it!  I think the bell peppers have done the best, we have harvested 3 bell peppers so far and they were delicious!  Sorry, but I didn’t get a picture of them before we added them to our kabobs for dinner!  But they were delicious!

Here’s a picture of our not so great onions:

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The onion stems were looking so good while they were growing, but I think I didn’t plant them deep enough.  Most of the onions were sticking out above ground and looked like they were done growing (the stems had all turned) so I pulled them all.  I’m going to cook them up to see how they taste, but I wish they were a bit bigger.

We thought our cucumbers were doing GREAT and just getting really big, but we discovered that they were actually overripe!  They must have riped while we were gone on vacation and by the time we got back they were overripe and we just thought they were getting huge!  I’m hoping we’ll be able to harvest at least a couple of cucumbers so we can try them!

The carrots are looking great, but not ready yet!

Our Veggies
May 6, 2009, 7:45 am
Filed under: Gardening

As promised, here are some more pictures of our garden!


We planted green, yellow and red bell peppers:








The boys really wanted to plant some strawberries, so we got this hanging basket kit and planted a few strawberry seeds.


I also planted some cilantro and basil in container pots on the deck.



Publix sent us a free wildflower kit, so we planted those in this container and they’ve already started to sprout!


Our First Attempt At a Garden
May 4, 2009, 10:02 am
Filed under: Gardening

I’m still not completely sure how this happen . . . we took a trip to Lowe’s and the next thing I know we are planting a garden!

I had been thinking about planting a small garden, but I don’t really have a “green thumb” so I wasn’t too sure about my idea.  We have a 2-tier flower bed in our backyard and the builder had put some simple bushes in the bottom tier and left the top tier empty.  While my sister and her family were here visiting, my brother in law suggested we move the bushes to the top tier and then plant something in the bottom tier so that we could easily reach whatever we planted.

We decided that sounded like a great idea, so the boys dug up the bushes and moved them to the top tier.  Next, we cleaned out the bottom tier (it was full of rocks), put in some new soil and planted a few veggies. 

Here are my boys hard at work:


This was a really fun family day!  We spent the whole day in the backyard working together as a family.  I can’t wait to talk about sowing and reaping with the boys when it’s time to harvest our veggies!

Here’s our finished tiers, ready for some veggies to be planted:


On Wednesday I’ll share some more pictures and what we planted!

My FREE Hydrangea’s
April 24, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Frugal Deals/Ideas, Gardening



Aren’t they beautiful?!  I just couldn’t pass these up when I spotted them at Costco this week!  They were a bargain at $19.99, already planted in nice pots.  I needed 2 pots for our front porch which meant spending $40 . . . although I knew this was a great price I just couldn’t decide if I should spend $40 for flowers or not (I don’t typically have a green thumb).  I called hubby on his cell to get his opinion and after sending him a picture of them, he told me to get them! 

So how did I get them for free? . . .

Just this week hubby and I were discussing our Costco membership.  I use to do a lot of shopping at Costco, but since I’ve began using coupons and shopping the sales I’ve found that I can usually beat Costco’s prices except on a few items (I know, I was shocked to discover this too!).  The thing is that I really enjoy shopping there, you just never know what they will have and it’s one of the few stores I can take the boys to without listening to them complain (they enjoy all the snacks and bribing them with a churro at the end of the trip works too!)

We currently have an “executive” membership which earns us 2% back on our purchases throughout the year . . . it also costs $100 whereas the “gold star” membership costs $50.  After talking with hubby, I decided I would check into downgrading our membership to “gold star” and saving $50.  So, after checking out with my hydrangea’s and few other items, I stopped at the member services desk.  The lady there told me that Costco guarantees the extra $50 cost of the “executive” membership, meaning that if you don’t earn a total of $50 on your 2% back every year, Costco will refund you the difference!  I replied with “that’s great, but I’ve already cashed my 2% check for this year.” She surprised me by saying “no problem, we’ll refund you in CASH!”  She preceded to hand me $41 in cash – which covered the cost of the hydrangea’s!

Did I mention I love Costco? 🙂

Pulling Weeds
April 6, 2009, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Gardening

We have a large, steep hill next to our house.  Part of the hill is on our property line and is covered in pine straw (pine straw is used for mulch here in Georgia).  There have been some large weeds growing on the hill, but I thought there was no way to get to the weeds because the hill is so steep . . . hubby proved me wrong!  He tied a rope to the trailer hitch on his car and “propelled” himself down the steep hill to pull the weeds.  Being the wonderful wife I am, I ran inside to get the camera!