And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Yard Work and Gardening

Mr. Barefoot finally got out and mowed the lawn! Between work/activity schedules and rain, the lawn had gotten terribly long. Little Sprout helped as I was raking up the clippings. They were just too long and heavy to be leaving in the yard! She worked for a while with her little toy rake, but when I took a break she decided that the little rake hurt her hands, and that she needed to use mine. Cute.

Little Sprout also conned me into getting her her very own dandelion weeder. She used one at Grandma and Grandpa's over the weekend, and just loved it. So, while at the store the other day picking up various garden items, I bribed her with her very own. I will do anything to get her to behave in a store. Shame on me!

 Little Sprout really loved cutting out the dandelions in the yard. Maybe one of these days I will get her to understand that she is supposed to take them out by the root, instead of just cutting the blooms off...

I have spent the last few days out in the gardens. I put up two potato "towers" in my veggie beds. This is a new thing for me. I am looking forward to growing potatoes this way. It looks so neat and tidy, with the little chicken wire towers standing there in the veg beds. I still had plenty of room in this bed for onions, too. The best part? If the potatoes don't do well in towers, I still will have many planted over at the folks' garden!
I am expanding the garden here at Barefoot Manor this year. Mr. Barefoot has decided that it would be good to have more gardening space here, so he went and bought me lumber to build 4 more beds. I have also secured free sources for raspberry canes and strawberry plants. My plan is to dig up the grass on the 2 "yard-sides" of my garden, and plant the perennial stuff along the fence I will be putting around the garden. Yeah, I am going to fence in a garden inside a fenced in yard. Wanna know why? Rabbits. Nasty, greedy, muching rabbits that like to eat my food. Buggers. I hope to have room for strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, and (eventually) asparagus. In my head it looks gorgeous. We'll see what the finished project really looks like, huh?

~....and that's all I have to say about that...~


Finding Pam said...

Littlel Sprout is so adorable helping you in the yard. You are passing on your love of gardening on to her.

Since we have enough acreage, we plant extra for the deer and varmin to share. The deer garden has a lot of root vegetables and brassicus. They also eat our azaleas in the back yard.

Fr. Peter Doodes said...

Rabbits... Where is my air gun...

Allison said...

Little Sprout is just so adorable in pic's!!! Ooohhh....and I have rhubarb too if need it to go along with the strawberries and raspberries!!!

barefoot gardener said...

Pam - You are kinder than I. I wouldn't be willing to share with the wildlife!

Fr. Peter - That's what Big Sprout says!

Allison - you are my favorite person right now!!!!! Yay, more freebies! *do the happy dance*