So... today while the girls were taking a nap, I decided to go out and finally get these plants in the ground. We spent about $45 on plants and fertilizer, about $40 on dirt, and I can't remember about the wood, but I'm sure it wasn't that much. So, for about $100, we have a fun little project and hopefully a lot of vegetables!
Here's what I planted today:
Squash, Zucchini, 2 different kinds of Lettuce, Green Bell Peppers, Banana Peppers, Roma Tomatoes, Strawberries, Dill, Chives, Cilantro, Parsley, Thyme, Basil, Lavender, and Marigolds (to fend off pests).
Squash and Zucchini will grow pretty big, that's why they're taking up 1/2 the bed, but the rest should do pretty well in their little square foot lots. I recently read most of a book called Square Foot Gardening which suggests saving space by splitting your garden up into 1x1 foot plots and lets you know how many of each type of plant will fit in each square foot plot. So, I just followed his advice - except he proposes a 4x4 foot box so that everything is easy to reach (makes sense), but we had already made our 6x6 foot box, so we just started with that. I'm so excited to see how everything turns out! My biggest concerns are the Dill (was all wilty today - maybe we didn't plant it soon enough), and the lettuce since lettuce isn't a summer-lovin' plant like the rest of them. I also would like to get some cucumber seeds, beans, and more tomatoes, but we just got what we could in our first run and we'll add other things later. I also hope to be able to plant some flowers so I can have fresh cut flowers around when a few things are harvested and there is more space.
If you have any advice about keeping away pests (bunnies, deer, insects, worms, etc...) please share your thoughts! This is the one area I REALLY don't feel confident in and we definitely have lots of deer and bunnies.
What a great thing to be able to teach the girls! We're excited.
Noa and Ruthie
Last night a certain little someone was doing something exciting on her own... It was bound to happen sooner or later... Lipstick! She was going to Aunt Libbye's and wanted to get ready, I guess. She even asked for a "pony" (pony tail) before we went. :)
And Ruthie loves sharing Noa's "top teeth." :)
Update on the house
Well, we've had several people go through our townhouse on James Island. We received an offer on Sunday. Great! So, on Monday, Dolph (our friend and realtor) and Russ went over to the house to see if they could assess the attic before the house inspector came and they accidentally busted a pipe, flooding the house. The water was running for about 10 minutes before they could find the key (renters had moved it) to turn it off. UGH! That house drives me crazy! Sell, sell, sell at all costs!!! Anyway, the upstairs carpet needed to be dried out but ended up being o.k. The dining room now has a hole in the ceiling where the chandelier was as water was rushing through all the light sockets. Many other things happened to, but it is enough to say that you don't want that to happen the day you're sending your buyer a counter offer. It gets worse...
Yesterday their realtor called Dolph and said they were coming over to see the house in 30 minutes! Russ and Dolph raced over there and tried to clean up what they could, but it was definitely not presentable. The dehumidifiers (rented from a distaster place) were going all over the house, holes in the ceiling, carpet torn up... all taking away the leverage we had with our counter offer. Double UGH!
BUT! By God's grace, the buyer gave us another counter offer (which we thought she would anyway) and Russ signed the contract today accepting her offer. We just have to make it through inspections now and we'll be rid of that place!
Please pray that the deal goes through. Please pray that there's no more drama with this house and it is smooth sailing from here on out. Please pray that the inspections go well.
Thank you Lord for your lessons... but we are done with this one now. :)