We had some big outdoor plans on tap for the weekend and since Sunday is calling for storms, today was our day to get as much of it done as possible.
My primary goal was getting all my cool weather vegetables in the ground. It really has been cool here, unseasonably cool. Of course the day I decide to plant, it’s in the upper 70’s, which is unseasonably warm. Not to worry though, next week is calling for colder than normal temperatures and this afternoon I read that we have a possibility of a rain/snow mix early next week. That should be cool enough for my onions, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, carrots and peas. Once we get past the really cool stuff at the beginning of the week, I’ll put my cabbage plants in the ground. I’ve never grown cabbage before and am very excited about my attempt.
After I got everything planted, hubby and I got busy working on our big landscaping project. We are putting edging around the deck and patio. It took us a few minutes to get our system in place, but once we got it going, it began going faster than we expected.
Once we get all the edging done, I’ll come back and put more weed block down, with mulch on top.
The little plant in the corner of the first picture is a Mock Orange bush that I just planted a couple of days ago. I have also ordered another Hydrangea which will be planted next to the Mock Orange. There are two new Peony bushes by the deck as well, but you can’t see them in the picture, since they were just bare root plants that have not been in the ground long.
When the weather warms up, I will add pots of various herbs to help fill in the space.
We were able to make it over half way around the patio before quitting for the day and are very pleased with our progress.
During all the landscaping, the girls took advantage of our nice warm day by entertaining themselves with the hose.
They had a big Rubbermaid container and buckets for filling. I also got one of their little sprinklers out and they played in the sprinkler for a while.
Then they got creative.
We have a pile of sand they had been playing in earlier. They decided to sit in the sand and then go rinse themselves off.
That turned into seeing just how much sand they could get on their wet bodies followed by a rinse off.
Before long, they were carrying buckets of water back to the sand pile, which is nothing but dirt underneath.
Here is the result of their creativity.
I have a small, ornamental tree that should be delivered early next week. I really should thank them for helping me prepare a spot for the tree.
They had an awesome afternoon in the sun getting dirty and even though it took me quite some time getting them cleaned and then cleaning out the tub, they made some truly wonderful childhood memories today.
It was a wonderfully messy day!