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What To Plant In May: This Time, With Kids.

May 6, 2015
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This post is sponsored by the good people at Garden Collage, a new lifestyle and gardening publication, which features stories on the new role that gardening takes in our modern lifestyle.  Be sure to check them out! They are my new favorite thing. For real. I just learned about Fiddlehead Ferns for the first time the other day (I randomly ate some in Phoenix) and then here they are. And Mikaila from BeeSweet Lemonade (who is featured here) totally goes to my son’s school and her family is awesome. Love it. Seriously, this is my new favorite inspiration site. So share your garden shots with me on Instagram and Twitter with #GardenCollage. I want to see what you’re doing. Let’s grow stuff! 

May is my favorite month to plant things…because it is the end of so many things around here. The end of the school year. The culmination of my favorite big event. And I like to combine endings with beginnings. It’s the best to plant seeds at the end of one school year and harvest them as another one begins. I tried to explain this to Harry last night and he just sort of looked at me like I was insane.

There are so many ideas out there on how to make kids like vegetables. And I have tried them. I’ve tried everything. I even tried planting things as a group project, together.

It did not work with my kid. (It may work with yours…And I wish you so much luck and good tidings of great joy.)

But every seasons he does humor me and go along with planting things together…and he does actually like watching things grow and pulling fruit from the greenery. I’ll take anything at this point.

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Karen talked about this the other day here (Gardening  with Kids) and her child is an angel and super into it. Kristen has been running her children’s school garden for years…and teaching kids how to garden…and she is going to talk more about that next week. I’m really looking forward to that because I need new tricks.

What I do know is what grows well around here (Zones 7, 8 & 9) in May. We are getting close to the end on some of them (squash & watermelon) but there is still time. So this is what I recommend for May.

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So this is what I’d like to do. If  you are thinking of planting something or trying something, let me know. Leave a comment here or email me (helloqueso@gmail.com) or tag anything with #gardencollage. I’d love to see what you’re planting, what you’re growing and if it’s working. I’m always shocked when it works. But, water and sunshine, man. Magic.

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I just planted all of these things, so I might be just a few weeks before you, but basically, we’re all on track. For instance, just three weeks ago, I planted some squash. And just like that, this plant went from the one above…to the one at the very top of this post. I’m telling you. Magic. Squash blossoms everywhere.

And I’m planting watermelon and okra this weekend. So join me! There’s still tons of time.

It’s going to be a good summer.

Welcome. You Can Stay in the Guest Room.

May 5, 2015
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When we moved into my great grandparents’ house five years ago, I thought it would take us about two years to finish everything, and that we would leave the day it was complete. Again, it’s now been five years. It’s still not finished…and I can’t imagine ever leaving. These things might be related.

But I do feel incredible guilt and failure that it has taken me this long to get this house in order.

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I see so many people re-doing homes in a single episode. Or in a single Pinterest post. Or a month, or a season, or even a year. They gut out everything and start over and make major changes in a sweep. That is not me. I make changes one small chipped tile at a time. Hell, I could have raised a kindergartener in the time that it has taken me to almost get this house ready for guests. Almost.

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And yet, it is getting there. Progress is happening.

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Music is playing.

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I wish I could invite all of you over for a giant dinner party in the back side yard…and there is space. But you’d all have to share one bathroom. Because that is all there is. And it has taken me five years to re-do it.

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I do have a lot to share though…about the process of completely redoing an old home in a small town. A home (and town) I never ever thought I would want to live in. A place that has become my favorite place. It’s finally almost sort of ready…and so am I…to invite y’all over to see it all.

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Welcome. I’m really so glad you are here.

GARDENING WITH KIDS: CREATING A SMALL URBAN GARDEN WITH MY 10-YEAR-OLD

May 5, 2015
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This post is sponsored by the good people at Garden Collage, a new lifestyle and gardening publication, which features stories on the new role that gardening takes in our modern lifestyle.  Be sure to check them out! And share your garden shots on Instagram and Twitter with #GardenCollage. 

 

A little over a year ago, my daughter came home from school with a permission slip.  “I need you to sign this for me,” she said as I scanned it.  “It’s so that I can go to the nursery with the class tomorrow.”

“Oh, are you going to learn about plants?”  I asked, reaching for a pen.

“Well, yes … but also we’re going to buy plants.  For our class garden.”

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Snow Day: A Few Tips From Austin

February 13, 2014
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I know you guys in New York and Chicago and also pretty much anyone between DC and Florida have been hit hard with snow. We hear you crying. We see your piles of frozen everything all over Facebook and Instagram. But y’all. We know. And we feel your pain, because see, we’ve been dealing with snow, too. Snow in the form of multiple snow days without snow. And, well, since we just had our fifth no-school-ice-day in Austin this month, I thought I’d go ahead and offer you some important coping tips.

I know you can start to feel all cooped up after a while of being inside. Once you watch a cartoon or two and play Wii long enough to throw your Wii controller down in rage, you just get stir crazy, you do. So make sure you get outside as much as possible…or at least whine a lot about having to go outside. Because it’s important to brave the .25 inches of ice located somewhere, possibly. Be tough, y’all. It’s good for you.

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Planting Pumpkins is Easy.

August 23, 2013
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Growing pumpkins might be another story, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

This is a story about two little girls…and what happens when two little girls come over to visit at the very end of the summer. These two girls happen to be Niece Number Four (Harper) and Niece Number Six (Haddie). They are sisters. And individuals. This above photo pretty much sums up their individual personalities. Continue Reading…