I love this stage in the garden... checking each day to see new blooms and fruits and vegetables growing and ripening. Anticipating all of summer's bounty.
When we left for our family vacation, most of the plants in the garden were still so small. While we were away, it rained plenty and when we came home we could hardly believe how much everything had grown. In fact, we actually didn't arrive home until about midnight - and once we transferred the girls into their bed, (despite bleary eyes) Justus was calling for me to come look at how much the tomatoes had grown - all in the dark. :-)
Naturally, along with that came a lot of weeds and grass, and I've very slowly been trying to get the garden in a more manageable state.
I think we may have squash by next week!
Three years ago we planted two grape vines at the back of our property and we can hardly believe how well they are doing this year! I didn't get a picture, but this afternoon the girls were actually laying underneath the arbor with a blanket, playing and giggling in the shade it provided.
I think I may be making grape jelly this summer! There must be a hundred clusters.
And while I was taking these photos, I actually noticed a sweet little nest tucked into the vines, complete with four beautiful eggs.
This year I have really had a helper in the garden and I just love it. Jillian has been helping me pull weeds and pick lettuce (voluntarily even), while Rosetta makes endless amounts of mud cookies and cakes.
Lastly, I'm sorry for the delay, but after a busy week I finally got around to randomly drawing two winners for a copy each of the New American Homesteader magazine. They are NanaDiana and Farrah. I've notified both via email.
I wanted to mention also that I was so incredibly touched by all the kind comments left on that post. I wish so badly I had enough copies to give to everyone! Thank you again for reading and for your encouragement.
I hope you all are having a wonderful Father's Day weekend!