I'm Becky... I have a wonderful husband of 10 years, a daughter who is 8, a son who is 6, and an ever-lengthening list of interests and hobbies including knitting, gardening, cooking and baking from real foods, and sewing. I'm allergic to dairy but my family isn't so you'll see some recipes that include non-dairy modifications.
I do daycare from my home during the day so I can stay home with my children while helping to pay the bills.
I wanted to show you around the yard so you could see all the work Jon's done so far.
Jon took the cinder blocks from an old smoke house and built a wood pile. He also found old sheets of metal to top it with so the wood would stay drier.
The previous owner (who Jon calls "Pappy") set up a rain catchment system on the shed. Jon found the rain barrels in the woods and put them back under the gutters. The shed wall has been damaged from the years of moisture so we'll be repairing that soon. It'll be nice to get pipes down to the barrels and lids to keep mosquitoes at bay.
Jon has cleared a lot of brush around the shed and chicken coop.
We interrupt this yard work post to show you Evan's new bunk bed.
Some very nice people were giving this bunk bed away. All it needs is a coat of paint. He LOVES his new bed.
This was Jon's birthday present. I bought the yard cart from someone on Craigslist. It just needs a new coat of paint. It holds 17 cubic feet so it can haul a lot of weeds and brush.
Jon attacked the over grown weeds lining the yard. This was a hard job since they were so thick.
I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that I love my clothesline.
We have loved having trees. It seems like a simple thing... trees... but after living in a newer neighborhood where all of the trees were cut down before building houses right next to each other, having shade trees feels like a treat.
Jon cleared and cleaned out the woods lining the lawn.
He discovered an old flowerbed border....
...a drainage ditch....
... that he had to redig...
...and a copperhead. Do you see that 2-3 foot long poisonous snake in the picture above?? Luckily Jon was able to cut off it's head with a shovel before the snake could hurt anyone.
Jon also found all kinds of "treasures" in the weeds near the house. Flowerpots, beer cans (empty and full), mailbox, toilet seats, cat food bowls, glass jugs.... We've learned from our neighbors that the elderly woman who lived here before had a habit of throwing things out the kitchen window AT her husband! She's get sick of his beer in the fridge and throw the beer at him from up above. My neighbor even found our crisper drawer in the yard and was nice enough to wash it and put it back in our fridge before we moved in. I love learning about the colorful previous owners.
We have a chestnut tree in the front yard. I'm so excited to finally try my first taste of roasted chestnuts this winter!
This front flowerbed was an eye-sore from the moment we moved in. It was a jungle of diseased rose bushes and a mass of weeds.
It was embarrassing to have this be the first thing people saw when they came to our house.
This is what it looked like once Jon attacked it. He cut down the huge bush, transplanted a few good plants, and chopped down everything else.
Much better. Since this is the southern side of the house, I'd like to make this my herb garden. Until then we've made it our fall/winter garden.
Jon tilled the space. I hoed it into rows and started planting seeds.
Charlotte and her friend helped me plant sugar snap peas.
So, it may be unconventional to have a fall/winter garden in a front flowerbed but I think for now it'll be a good use of space. Our real garden is a jungle of weeds so this will have to do for now. The seeds germinated in only a few days. It's so nice to have good soil and a warm, sunny spot.