Monday, April 9, 2012

Garden Expansion / New Treasure Found

The gardens are getting greener & full of color here & there as the weeks go by. The trees have bloomed & Easter flowers have bloomed since I last chatted with you. The seedlings are growing well in the greenhouse. I have been busy reading gardening books & clearing the future veggie plot with the help of Sam. The future veggie plot was started September of 2010. It has went slow but progress is noticeable now. The bunny hutch & chicken coop still need to be moved there. My dream veggie plot was to have raised veggie beds with the critter houses among them with rock paths to wonder about the veggie plot.

The front side of the future veggie plot before any ground clearing began.

The back side of the future veggie plot before any ground clearing began.

After tress were removed & firewood stacked for the outdoor fireplace there was no more progress until a few weeks ago when Lucas & his friend moved the outhouse tool shed to the veggie plot. This got things moving again. Over the past few weeks the tree stumps tree roots & rocks have been being removed.

A load of soil form a cow pasture delivered for filling the beds.

The first raised bed has been built for the garden expansion. A layer of grass clippings. Next a layer of shavings from the chicken coop with much chicken poo then top soil.

I sewed some more seeds & added the trays to the greenhouse. Outside I planted our pea gardens. The chickens are laying many eggs. The duck eggs have not hatched yet. God has been moving for my family & I in a mighty way. Praise be to God! Thank you for your many prayers. I pray God meets your needs & answers your prayer requests.

This shelf beside the frig holds my crocks filled with tatters & onions. It has worked well for some time now but I wanted an oak bookcase to put beside the frig. It would help hide the frig & hold more things allowing for more counter space.

My treasure hunt for an oak bookcase has ended with this beautiful oak bookcase I replaced the old shelf with beside the frig in the kitchen. I have more counter space now to. My gray granite ware bowls & basins have a home & can be filled with fruit. My sewing machine has been under the cabinet waiting to be put back to work making more bonnets. When the raised beds are all built out the sewing machine will come again. I have purchased beautiful fabric colors as I seen them. They are folded & waiting in my baskets that are now sitting in the old shelf from the kitchen. Sam has his game system & T.V. on the top shelf. We have been working on making his old room a game sewing T.V. room to share. We call it the little den. Laken is working more hours & has no plans of moving home. But she is staying here tonight with us. Good thing the couch in the little den has a pull out bed in it. Lucas is starting to work more hours to. I am waiting for them to get home & I have catching up to do reading your blogs. I hope to get started tonight.

Blessings Til Next Time!


  1. My goodness!--the garden has really undergone a great transformation!! Looking good. It sounds like your family's life is pulling together and is heading in a great direction. You are a very strong and determined woman!!--Jan

  2. glad you found your bookcase. It is fun to search and so much fun to find.

  3. Hi Lara,
    That's a beautiful oak bookcase. I'm glad you found that piece.

    Oh, I LOVE that gazebo in your yard. I think gazebos are just lovely :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  4. You and your family are very busy making spring happen. Isn't it a great feeling at the end of the day. I love your crocks full of nourishment and the oak cabinet is perfect. I just retired my sewing machine for the next couple weeks, at least, as there is much planning for our gardens on the table, lists to cross off as the days go by.

  5. Hi Lara,wow,you have been a busy girl,the gardens are really looking great. Love the oak bookcase with the crocks on it,very prim!!!! Have a wonderful week,Warm Blessings Francine.

  6. Lara ~ so glad to hear blessings are coming your way~

  7. Wow Lara.. you have been one busy lady... The new garden space is taking shape and in no time you will delighting in fresh veggies to reward all your hard work..

    Love the new shelf and wow all the things you got on it ...I'm sure you ahve much more counter space and everything looks so tidy...nothing make a woman happier then a neat organized tidy Kitchen!!

    Have a Great Day!

    Spring Blessings

  8. Hi Lara, your garden area is looking great!! Can only imagine the work but the reward is going to be worth it.
    Love the bookcase with all your crocks and things.
    Glad to hear God has worked things in your family. He is so good!!
    Take care!!

  9. Wow you have been a busy gal!!! Everything looks like it all coming together!!!
    Love the new book shelf/pantry shelf with all your crocks!!
    Prim Blessings

  10. PTL! Look at you go :o) I need your green thumb here at my house... and some chicken poo too. Everything looks great. I'm so happy for you sweetie. You're a great inspiration to others.
    Love ya :o)

  11. What a beautiful garden you are going to have! You are one busy lady. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Girl it sounds like you are doing better. You definitely making your home a "homestead" by growing your own veggies and having chickens to lay eggs. Can't wait to see the bonnet fabric. :-)

  13. Glad to hear you are doing better! Your never cease to amaze me with your gardens. I have been waiting to see them again..please post more pics.