Trip to Grammy and Grandad’s for the Cedar Key Seafood Festival and Kanapaha Orchid Show and Plant Sale.
We’re using a method called “square foot gardening” to start a vegetable garden here in Florida where things grow OH so much better than they did in Colorado. Our soil here is actually pretty nice. But the square foot gardening method uses a special blend of peat moss, compost and vermiculite. We also built a special container for the garden. It’s 4 foot by 4 foot and each foot is divided up using laths. Depending on the type of plant, a certain number go in each square and it’s easy to determine spacing and quantity for each. We started with 2 tomato plants, and 2 pepper plants. We planted 4 collard seeds (1 per square) and 8 mustards. Also, 8 lettuce, 9 beans, 16 onions, 16 chives, and 16 carrots. One container is supposed to feed one adult a salad every day. We don’t eat that much salad. So we’ll see how well it worked out. We started this garden in mid August. Here are the first few weeks of it’s life. Everything is successful except for one pepper plant.
We’ve harvested one pepper already. The hot pepper plant is budding like crazy, the beans are starting to bud. And the mustards and collards are taking off like crazy. It may be a success!
We had a good first day at the beach with Grandpo for Labor Day. Second day, not so much. But that’s a different story. We went to the beach. Thalia was a little scared of the water and looked like this for most of the time there:
But eventually she decided to have fun and built a “Pink Princess Castle”
The other highlight was racing cars with Daddy and Grandpo:
We also made some “Cake Pops” and ate too many sweets! It would have been a great weekend if not for the aforementioned second day. But hopefully only the good memories will stick. We also got muscadine grapes on the way home. Yum!
I already posted all this on Google+. But I wanted to get some more permanent archiving going on. Our bedroom is nearing completion. I had some dressers painted for us from Vintage Paints. Those, coupled with our newly framed Kinkade print, gave our room a purple theme. I lucked into some curtains at Bed Bath and Beyond at 50%… and also discounted college rugs and doodads like lamps. The room came together better than I had expected. It’s so comfy now.