In My Garden

{In my garden is a weekly theme in which I share with you the progress of my vegetable garden. If you would like to join in please feel to share a link to your post or Flickr or Instagram images. Let’s inspire each other to grow food! }

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In my garden this week things are going well for the plants: they are growing well and looking much greener. After getting a great tip for where to find locally made organic compost, I bought two 50 pound bags of it and covered my two little beds and all the containers with a layer or compost. I more or less used it as mulch. The plants seemed to agree with this move and they are looking very well.DSC04437DSC04438

DSC04439This week’s trouble has come in the form of aphids and a colony of ants in my pea plants. The ants found out about the handful of aphids that were there, and are trying to herd them. Every morning I go out and swipe away as many aphids and eggs as I can, and it seems to be working. One other issue is snail trails on my cucumber plant. I am confused about where they are coming from seeing as it’s the desert and there are no water sources around except for my garden hose. Any thoughts?

DSC04440pickling cucumberI’ve been harvesting carrots, peas, kale and the occasional basil leaf and sprig of thyme. I’m glad to see that the rest of you are finally getting out the deep freeze and into your gardens. Please share with us what you are planning to grow!

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A Dress for Me!

washi dresswashi dresswashi dressThe last time I made a dress for myself, instead of my girls, I was pregnant with V. I figured it was high time to make myself something. I’ve been eyeing the washi dress pattern from Made by Rae and after looking at the Flickr group and seeing how well it worked on all the other women I decided to try it out.

I ordered this amazing Anna Maria Horner fabric. So soft. It took me about six hours totally to wash dry, cut and sew. Of course I didn’t do it all at the same time but over a series of nap periods. I’m really happy with the way it came out. I love the pockets too.

I’m already thinking about the next dress. I want to try just a scoop neck without the U and using a piece of elastic for the back instead of the shirring because my Brother machine is not that great for shirring. I’d like to try the tunic version too!

The pattern was really easy to understand and she had so many great tips for making the dress look really professional. I like that about patterns made by real people; they always make sense and include helpful hints.

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Eight Fun Blog Hops

DSC00448If you’ve been reading blogs at all You may have come across a blog hop every once and a while. What is a blog hop you ask? Well it’s basically a theme that a blogger posts on a specific day of the week and readers can join in. Probably the most notorious blog hop is {this moment} by SouleMama. I thought I would share with you a few of my favorites.

Please help me add to this list. I’m sure there are many I am missing. What are your favorites?

That being said, I have a huge crafty/create secret I am dying to tell you all about. There are a few people who know already but they are keeping their lips sealed. Really soon I will reveal it promise!

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In My Garden

{In my garden is a weekly theme in which I share with you the progress of my vegetable garden. If you would like to join in please feel to share a link to your post or Flickr or Instagram images. Let’s inspire each other to grow food! }

IMG_0159 So I’m not a really silly person until I’m placed in front of the camera, then it really shows what a dork I actually am!

IMG_0157This week we are eating more kale and chard, rosemary on our potatoes, carrots and radishes.

in my gardenFinally after 15 weeks I had some issues come up with my plants. But thanks to my wonderful friend who has WAY more experience gardening than me, I was able to find a solution to the problem. The thing about gardening, which no one tells you, is that there is a humongous learning curve that is exasperated by living in the desert. I’ve finally come to the conclusion that most of my issues arise half way through a season when it’s time to add a bit of fertilizer. Now that I am aware of this fact I will be able to remedy it. But this realization only came to me this week after 5 years of gardening. That being said I will be getting some good locally made compost to add to these beds this weekend.

Here are a few more fun macro shots of the garden!

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Happy Wednesday!

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More Dresses

handmade dress DSC04366 DSC04363 DSC04361 DSC04341 DSC04340 DSC04337Sorry about all the vertical images but these dresses we too cute not to show the whole thing. I did not use a pattern for these dresses, only a simple formula for measuring: measure the wearer’s waist then double the number. Shir away into you have the length you want. Add a hem and straps and voila!

I’ll let you in on a secret though, my Brother machine does not shir very well and I am too scared to tighten the bobbin case and too cheap to buy another one. So I shirred V’s dress and gathered S’s dress. Both dress were made from fabric I had in my stash. These girls are starting to grow so quickly and have outgrown all of last summer’s dresses.

The thing I love most about making clothing for my children is that they get a say in all the process of making the item of clothing. They pick out the fabric and the style and then watch it from a sheet to a dress. They take a lot of pride in these handmade clothes. Yay for handmade!

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In My Garden

{In my garden is a weekly theme in which I share with you the progress of my vegetable garden. If you would like to join in please feel to share a link to your post or Flickr or Instagram images. Let’s inspire each other to grow food! }

In My Garden- Olive and OwlHere was last week.

In My Garden- Olive and OwlAnd this week. Notice how there is no change in the progress of the shorter bed? I’m not sure why the plants aren’t growing there. They really seem to be taking their time. It must be the lack of deep soil.

DSC04280I pulled out some carrots from that container which is barely containing that awesome tomato plant. These folks are indeed white carrots and not parsnips!

DSC04349DSC04346We’ve eaten every single last peapod, however new growth is coming in with lots of new flowers so I am hopeful for another round! The second round of radishes is almost ready too!

So many tomatoes on this plant. I have never had so many tomatoes grow before. In the last 5 years of gardening I’ve grown probably 5 tomatoes. But right now there are over 30 tomatoes growing with more and more flowers opening everyday! I’m so excited for the first tomato to turn red or yellow or pink. It is a rogue tomato plant after all so who know what it will be!



The cucumbers are flowering, just male flowers right now, but hopefully soon the females will come too. The zucchini is flowering, the tomatillos, the butternut squash and of course the strawberries too!


So soon we’ll be eating basil in our meals. I am so excited about the basil. I go out and smell it every morning. I dream of pesto!


Lastly I’ve been planting more things in containers: flowers, herbs, chili. I want to make the best use of the front porch as I can. Everything that is growing there is doing very well. I’ve considered moving the raised beds there for the fall and just putting a tarp down so the soil isn’t sitting on the tiles. It’s protected, shady in the afternoon but gets lots of sunlight in the morning.

We are up on a hill and this hill seems to get lots of wind. Too much wind sometimes for these plants. If this were my property I would build a lovely Ocotillo fence to protect the raised beds. But I’ll have to just improvise for now.

Chicken wire and found wood compost binLast, but not least, I thank you for your suggestions about the compost bin last week. I decided to go with the free option after much research. I already had the chicken wire and around here there are lots of dead tree branches; with D’s help we rigged up a compost “bin”. Already our trash has been reduced by half. Now if only I had grass clippings and some horse manure!

How are your gardens doing? Soggy I imagine with all the snow melt.

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Little Hikers

DSC03249If there is one thing I can give my girls, I hope it is a love of being outdoors.  A love using their own two feet to walk long distances to reach a goal and look out over the highest height knowing they accomplished something that was physically challenging. Because truly there is nothing more challenging than knowing you are 5 miles out into the wilderness and the only that will get you back to your car is your own two feet and willpower.

DSC03253DSC02942I started them early, like in the womb early! I hiked and camped through both pregnancies and as soon as I could, I started hiking again postpartum, taking each babe with me.


Each time we go out they are capable of hiking further and further. This past weekend they walked two miles up and back with an elevation change of 700 feet. With only one complaint of hunger. I was so  proud of them. 

DSC04323When we had almost reached the saddle (the highest point in the mountain pass) V says to me, “Mama when I am big I want to hike the Grand Canyon all by myself.” I smiled at her and squeezed her hand knowing that one day she would indeed hike without me and that in this moment she just wanted to hike without holding my hand. She wanted to be a grown up hiker!

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Desert Spring

DSC04324 DSC04317 DSC04309 DSC04304 DSC04298 DSC04296Spring has come and I wanted to share with you all how pretty it can be. We may not have snow drops or tulips or daffodils, but we have some really beautiful colors!

Happy Monday my friends!

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