Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The BIG Project

After receiving a lovely letter from Uncle Sam that we would be receiving a little stimulus check after all, we decided to indulge a little of the new found money into a nice hobby. Here are a few pictures of our GARDEN!
First, Cody bought two 2x8x10 boards and two 2x10x10 boards. We don't have any topsoil, so it has to be a raised garden. The boards are screwed together into a nice frame. (Good job, Cody!)
Then we hauled fifty 40-pound bags of top soil into our backyard. (Yep, that's a ton of dirt!) For every bag I carried, Cody carried two...I'm such a wimp! It was a nice little workout though! Six-hundred and forty pounds of dirt--you should see my pipes today! Actually that's equal to just under eleven trips of carrying the boys up and down the steps...I think I like the boys much better than the dirt!
Cloe stood guard over the plants before I got them in the dirt.
McClain pretty much just lounged around and drank all of our water.

This is Carson's "I want to touch the dirt" face. I was afraid his face was going to become paralyzed like this. Now if I can only teach him the difference between the weeds and the plants, I may have a great gardener on my hands!
It was getting a little late when I finally got all of the plants and seeds in the garden. My neighbors thought I was a little nuts for taking a picture of this in the dark, but that's ok. I'm sure they're right! The left side is planted with 2 zucchini plants and 2 yellow squash plants. Then there are short rows of onions and cucumbers. In the back are six stakes for green beans. Then there are a couple of rows of carrots and radishes. On the left, I planted a tomato bush and eight various pepper plants. We have four more huge pots on our deck with eight tomato plants and 2 more pepper plants.
I'm really hoping this will be a successful venture! It would be wonderful to have fresh produce to use, and it would save us a ton of money at the grocery store!
Tomorrow I hope to make cute little stakes with labels for each plant...Martha Stewart is getting into my head!
Here's our favorite summer salad. It's packed with a lot of vegetables, and the kids love it!
My brother's family in France shared this recipe with us, so it's extra special!


1 1/3 c. couscous
3 big juicy tomatoes
1 cucumber
1 green pepper
1 small onion or 1 bunch green onion
fresh parsley
6 T. olive oil
4 T. lemon juice
1 T. vinegar
1 T. basil
salt and pepper to taste.

Dice all vegetables and mix well with all ingredients. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. The juice of the tomatoes will "cook" the pasta. Before serving, add one package of cheese crumbles or cubed meat to make this a main dish.