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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Gardening 2017: March, April, May

Gardening is science and art, but mostly science. Good thing, since my art hasn't significantly improved since grade school.
Fruitland winter was so cold and lasted so long that we couldn't even put seeds into the ground until April and May.
So, we started seeds indoors. They were scared of the dark, so we shined a light on them at night.
When the ground thawed, I roto-tilled a spot for a new garden.
I went overboard and got rid of a lot of the back lawn.
Then we planted all sorts of seeds. I've never grown potatoes or onions before.
Apparently, you plant small potatoes and small onions,
and in a few months you get big potatoes and big onions.

The greenhouse experiment didn't work very well as a transition period for the seedlings germinated inside during the early cold months. It didn't seem to do anything to warm and promote growth.
In May, after a few weeks, we got our first harvest of radishes, spinach, and herbs.

                                                          Then I made an omelette.
What would you do?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Chris: 8 Months

This was a busy month for Chris!
  • Finally confident in his sitting skills, although he really hates sitting. He prefers to be off exploring.
  • Mastered army crawling followed by hands and knees crawling a couple weeks later.
  • Crawling all over the house and getting into everything! My favorite is when I put him down somewhere and walk into another room, and before long he comes crawling around the corner and breaks into a huge smile as soon as he finds me. 
  • He is such a busy boy and wants to spend all of his time playing. His favorite toy is whatever Sarah is currently playing with, and he tends to voice his displeasure when he doesn't get what he wants.
  • Prefers table food over baby food, even though he isn't very good at eating it and doesn't have any teeth.
  • He has become a very happy, content baby for the most part, and it is so fun to see him grow and learn.

 Showing off his sitting skills
 Off to explore
 Hi, Mom!
 Of course Sarah had to get in on the photo shoot. Chris actually looks as dark as Sarah in this picture. It is a trick of the light. He is totally pasty just like his mommy.