Weekending!

farmers market

pepper

carp trail

scenary

the langilles

bees

seal watching

look!

jeff and e

california

hiking

hangin

hop pickin

workin

like father like daughter

basketful

drying hops

dinosaurs

banjo daddy

Whew! What a whirlwind week and weekend that was! We sent Nana and Papa back to Boston today after a lovely, very busy two weeks. We will miss them but will actually be out that way in a few weeks, so we won’t have to wait too long to see them.

This weekend we visited the farmers market, after a few weekends missing it. We spent lots of time with Nana and Papa and took lovely walks and little hikes with them in the town they were staying in (this little hike gets you to an area where you can see seals. We got to see a few swimming in the ocean this time). And the excitement for Jeff this weekend was the picking of his hops. It’s harvest time and Jeff got to pick (with Ellie and his parents) half of what we had growing. They are currently drying in his home office. I fear our whole house is going to smell like a brewery!

It was a busy, nice weekend. We’ll be headed back east for a little late summer vacation in a few weeks, so I’m sure I’ll be revving up for that in the coming days and weeks. And I have lots of crafty things to post about in the coming days as well as some things I’m working on.

Hoping you had a lovely weekend!
*weekending with pumpkin sunrise!

July’s Garden

fairy home

Fairy Gourd home, tucked in between some peach branches.

pumpkinsPumpkins, here, there and everywhere! I’m so surprised at how well these little Jack be nimble pumpkins are growing.

the hop

The Hop plants are growing steadily…

hop up up up… up, up, up.

corn in the sunblightCorn in the afternoon light. We are having so much success with this little bunch of corn. This week, Jeff picked our very first homegrown corn husk and we had a corn snack!
corn!

delicious corn

corn for EllieWe boiled up the cob and Ellie, Jeff and I enjoyed some corn, from farm to table.

the whole shebang

the whole garden!

flower garden

But can’t forget the flower garden (which needs a little more tending to).
lemon tree

Or the lemon tree! We have a lot of lemons!!

The July garden is lush and full of fruit. We’re still waiting on tomatoes to ripen, but we’ve pulled several lettuce plants out and I’ve planted more carrots (because the other ones did so well). It’s really neat watching this space evolve and grow.

The Garden in Early June

the june garden

Things are really starting to grow now in the garden. We have an overabundance of Kale as you can see and not only have we been using it up in almost every meal we make, we have so much of it, we’ve been giving it away for free!!
overabundance

free kale

fairy homes

There was a large peach tree in this space when we moved into the house. We were all really excited about the prospect of fresh peaches, but sadly during a storm a while back, the tree (which turned out to be very sick), completely fell over in the night. We had to have the rest of it chopped down. So, now it’s stumps are being used as a play space and for building fairy homes. Ellie and I painted some gourds from Halloween and will be working on creating a little fairy villa for our magical garden guests. (If anyone knows the best way to cut into a dried gourd, I’d love some tips- We want to make openings for our fairies).

raised beds

We had to buy tomato seedlings at the farmers market when all of our tomato seeds failed to thrive. So we’ve planted those in the back, then we have broccoli and yes, I made the mistake of planting MORE kale. And it’s already growing like crazy.

hops

The hops (after being dug up twice by our dogs, thus the pen around it), are now growing at a steady speed. Looking forward to seeing those lovely vines trickle up the line.

library sunflower

We planted Ellie’s sunflower from a library craft morning in one of the beds, to give it a little more space to grow.

ca poppies

And Ellie and I sprinkled handfuls of California poppy seeds all over the garden and in empty containers throughout the yard. They are just now popping up! It’s been delightful to see those bright orange bursts of color out there. It’s been hard keeping Ellie from picking them.

So that’s my garden update for Early June. Looking forward to seeing how everything grows throughout the summer.

 

 

Hoppy Days Are Here Again

A boy and his hops. Have I mentioned my husband wants to be a brewer and a hop farmer one day? This is our second year growing hops and thank goodness they have finally started growing because I could see my husband’s dreams of owning a hop farm slowly seeping into the ground when his hops were not doing anything for months upon months. But they finally started growing and are ¬†growing fast!

hop 1

close up

side yard

We’re growing them on the side yard of the property where they get plenty of light. Jeff rigged them from their pot to the top of the house so can grow properly (I really know nothing of growing hops. I just watch and take photos every now and then). They are the fastest growing plants I have ever seen. One full day and the vine has grown several inches. It’s pretty amazing.

close up hop

another angle hop

We shall see how these hops grow this year, being in somewhat of a different climate than last year. We did get a few hop cones on our balcony in Orange County so I’m curious to see what happens with more space. I’ll keep you updated on our hoppy progress!