Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Over the long weekend on our day off my friends Michelle and Karl came over to help me assemble the frames for the beehive. We had to add wire for extra support and then the wax foundation. Between the three of us we completed the job in about 2.5 hours. I was excited to get it done and really appreciated their help and expertise!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Most of you know that I am the cook in the house but Andy is the chocolatier of the house. He quite often makes chocolate strawberries for us, family or friends. Knowing his propensity for creating these treats his sister asked him to make 160 for her wedding that was this past Saturday. She was having a champagne brunch reception and wanted to have them plated with her cupcakes in lieu of a cake. I was a bit worried that the project was more than we could chew but it ended up being relatively painless and took us a couple of hours. Here is how we spent our Friday evening:
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
You are looking at the space in our back yard slated for our garden expansion. We have decided to take out the three evergreens. They are just sort of plopped in the middle of the fence line and with only three they don't create a privacy screen. The space there against the fence has no function and is just there.
We have decided it will be a great area for a long raised bed. This is the only spot in our teeny back yard that gets complete all day sun uninterrupted by any shade. Our current garden depending on the time of day is shaded. In the morning the half against the house is shaded and in the afternoon the side closest to the back fence is shaded by the house in the back. Most plants get about 8 hours of sun in that garden. We have been successful but I believe that some plants will be more successful in the newer garden.
The exact size and number of beds is yet to be determined. Originally we decided against making this area veggie beds for resale purposes. But really who knows when that will or won't happen and until then I want to maximize our growing potential. I am looking forward to the extra vegetable real estate! Below you can see where the space is in relation to our current garden against the white fence and the house.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Back in January I posted how the cilantro was doing well and actually flourishing. I also said I was hoping to have guacamole made with garden fresh cilantro for the Super Bowl. Well I never made the guacamole because we went to a party that didn't need us to bring food. However despite being buried under inches and inches of snow for a long time the cilantro is still doing well. I am completely surprised to have cilantro in the garden, it was done completely by accident but it's a pleasant surprise. This week we will be enjoying our winter cilantro!