The past few days have been spent almost entirely outdoors. It’s been wonderful to have warm weather again so we’ve been busy raking, and digging out flower beds. We also expanded our vegetable garden and I already can’t wait to eat all the good stuff that we grow.
Travis built a box to grow our potatoes in this year. I can’t wait to see how it works out. It will definately save us a ton of room in the garden. The idea is that he’ll build up the sides, and the dirt as the plant grows, which is supposed to make sure you get a large yield of potatoes.
As of now I plan (or have started already) to plant tomatoes, potatoes, butternut squash, beans, peas, carrots, lettuce, asparagus, and onions. I’m doing some tomatoes in the garden and some in pots on my deck, that way I’ll have enough to make tomato sauce this fall.
I also started to refinish our picnic table. When we bought our house just over 3 years ago there was a very sad looking picnic table sitting in the yard. We haven’t used it much because it just wasn’t very nice. I decided to give it a good sanding and a fresh coat of paint. It probably would have made more sense to put new boards on the table top and bench tops, but I didn’t want to spend any money on it, and I really liked the idea of making something old, new. It’s nearly done, but I’ll save the after pictures until I do the final coat of paint. Here’s what she looked like before.
and after I sanded it down…
I’m definately looking forward to eating most of our meals on our “new” table this summer. I have also been thinking about doing some stenciling on the top…. I’ll have to go see what Michaels has in that department.
We also got Travis’ dad to pick up some big jugs from a farmer he knows to make rain barrels. Trav cut off the top, rinsed them out really well, and put a small tap on the bottom. Then he got some bendable rain gutter attachments and placed them going into the barrels. He also built some stands for them. Hopefully this will save us a bunch of water.