I’ve got 99 projects…

Updates time! I’ve still got a million unfinished projects in the garden, but some of them are gradually approaching something like completion. Progress has been derailed by work and life and general chaos, but it’s getting there.

We turned an empty raised bed into a multi-layer strawberry tower, because my dog keeps using the existing strawberry bed as a toilet.

wooden raised beds

Beginnings of a strawberry tower thingy

I planted an ungodly amount of potatoes. All in containers of various kinds due to the aforementioned dog.

Potatoes in a basket

Potatoes sprouting in the cupboard. May as well plant those too!

potatoes in a trash can

Some potatoes went in a giant garbage can that already had holes in it because it had a previous life as a compost bin.

plant pots

Some potatoes went in pretty containers, because I can’t always be function over form.

I’ve nearly cleared out the entire giant hugelkultur mound here that used to be my squash bed. Now that the dog has free run of the yard, it had to go. Still figuring out where I’ll put squash this year… While I hate grass, this will be lawn again to a degree. We’ll probably turn it into an outdoor seating area with a fire pit.

dirt pile

Former hugelkultur mound. Soon to be grass again.

Everyone got the stomach flu. And we got a new couch. The two things might be related. Dealing with two sick kids slowed things down considerably.

toddler sleeping

Work stoppage for several days…

But yay, everyone is mostly better and we got awesome ice cream at a local dairy farm.

kids eating ice cream

Can’t beat ice cream from local cows.

I planted golden raspberries and built a half-assed fence to keep the dog from trampling them. He’s still finding ways to trample them.

Golden raspberry

Golden raspberry

Half-assed fence. I had this leftover from an abandoned project so it got repurposed here. Nothing wasted!

Half-assed fence. I had this leftover from an abandoned project so it got repurposed here. Nothing wasted!

Spent my lunch break harvesting violets, violet leaves, dandelions and forsythia flowers to use in making future salves and soaps. Violets are taking over everywhere, so I’m putting them to good use.

Violets everywhere

Violets everywhere

More violets by the beehive. Left plenty for the bees of course.

More violets by the beehive. Left plenty for the bees of course.

Drying dandelions in the sun.

Drying dandelions in the sun.

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