Then & Now – Front Yard

The focus has been on the back yard for most of the time we have lived here. Kurt had wanted only one of our yards to be in disarray and chaos at a time, so we had agreed that we would leave the front yard alone until we were finished the back yard. Then COVID…

Then & Now – Upper Back Yard

We are now moving to the upper area of the back yard. It was beautifully landscaped when we moved in, making a nice area to enjoy while we create chaos in the bottom area. That’s not to say that we haven’t done a few changes. Here’s a look over the years. 2014 – 2016 –…

Then & Now – Left Slope

Continuing on with the timeline of changes to the yard, we are going to take a look at the left side of the yard. 2015 – We will start here as 2013 & 2014 were the same for both sides of the yard. In 2015 we put in our first batch of tomatoes, using the…

Then and Now – Right Slope

It has been just over 5 years since our adventure of landscaping the yard began. We were beginners then, and knew very little about what we were going to face and accomplish. I would say that we have learned a lot and know a moderate amount of landscaping, gardening and general handy-man skills. When in…

Goodbye 2021

2020 was a challenging year for many. Kurt and I were able to make the best of it and carried that mentality on into 2021. Despite all the challenges that the pandemic continued to provide, along with 3 major climate disasters in our area, we have been able to make the year another good one…

Record Breaking

If you haven’t noticed already, this blog is as much a journal for Kurt and I as it is stories of our landscaping and now life adventures. I find myself drawn to writing about many aspects that affect our gardening but also, now, some living-history. All of the extreme historical events that we have seen…

Tipping The Scales – 2021 Version

Well, I am a little late on this post as other projects have taken over my time, resulting in less posts on here. Our 2021 growing season was awesome, with our new garden beds proving to be the perfect home to our vegetable plants. For the first time this year, we also did some companion…

Torn

The title is an apt use based on the content of this post. Bear with me as it may be a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but all tied together with the torn theme. So let’s start with a landscaping update and the best use of the “torn” theme. Not…

Brie Basil Tomato Gooeyness

My mom is to credit for bringing this recipe into my life. First the recipe, then I will tell you about this recipe in the chit-chat section at the end. Ingredients: Brie cheese (full round – any size) Tomatoes (any kind – cherries have a nice aesthetic) Fresh basil Garlic Salt & pepper Olive oil…

Tomato, Tomada

We have always had fairly good luck with our tomatoes, but this year seemed to be the best year yet. The new location of the tomatoes as well as the stronger start in the house seems to have added a bit more growing and fruiting time to the plants. We were harvesting all three varieties…