Saturday, June 11, 2016

Garden Update

I haven't posted anything about our garden this year. Fail.
I started everything from seed this year again. I believe I ended up over watering them, causing some not to have a very good root systems when I transferred them to the ground. I pulled some out the containers and the dirt crumbled away right to the stem. I also ruined 2 tomato plants, while trying to pinch off the starter leaves or just trying to put the dirt around it in the hole I knocked off the tops. I was so frustrated by this point! It seemed that nothing I had planted was going to work out. 
The garden is proving me wrong though!

Lettuce, spinach and arugula. This is probably my favorite item in the garden, I love being able to go out and get fresh lettuce.

Beans and peas, this are both bush plants. Though I think next year I will have something for them to crawl up to keep them straighter.

If you look really really close on the left in my crooked rows, you will see carrots starting to sprout. On the right is bok choy! I haven't ever grown bok choy nor really eaten it before, so this is a first.

Cabbage and more cabbage. Also pickling cucumbers and regular cucumbers.

Lots of squash! Zucchini, crook neck, spaghetti and acorn! I staked my spaghetti and acorn. I want them to grow up instead of taking up so much space in the garden. I think though, my acorn squash might be more of a bush than a vine...we'll have to see what it does.

Peppers! I have bell, jalapeno and a hot pepper mix. I lost one pepper plant, but the others are going strong!

Beets! The Dude wanted some beets for Borsch. I also have a friend who wanted some pickled beets, which is good since I planted too many beets for Borsch.

Check out that row of garlic!! My coworker gave me the garlic to plant and I am so glad she did, it has been so cool to watch it grow. I also have 15 tomato plants, including: Early Girl, Big Boy, Jelly Belly, San Marzano, and Romas. I also have 4 Basil plants.

Minus a few plants getting a fungus, I bought a fungus spray which seems to be helping, we are off to a great start!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Redfish Lake

Over Memorial weekend we took a much needed camping trip to Redfish Lake.
Redfish Lake is located in Stanley, Idaho. A place where the Dude and I had yet to go visit, and is now a place I love and want to go back!

This was our campsite! It was awesome being so close to the lake.

The Dude was excited to have a fire, he pretty much had one going almost the entire time....almost. That little tent by him was Cosmo's home so he didn't bother the nearby campers.

Oh how I loved that lake! It is so beautiful and so clear!

My coworker let us borrow his canoe, it was a heavy bugger, but well worth taking it along!
With the lake being so clear we saw several fish swimming around. We didn't catch any, which was okay, it was neat just to be able to see them!

Aw, that view......the Sawtooth Mountains are majestic.

He had mixed feelings about being in the canoe. He tried to escape before we hit shore after the first ride. The second time out I had a towel he could lay on and bask in the sun. He also enjoyed lots of goldfish snacks.

I love early mornings when you are camping!! Watching sunrises are the best!

There was lots of nature walks/hikes to go on.

Cosmo enjoyed his time getting dirty.

We really couldn't of picked a better time to go. There wasn't too many people there since we went up on Memorial Day and came home Wednesday. We had the lake all to ourselves on one of the days we took the canoe out for about an hour before anyone else made it out. It was just what I needed, a quiet, peaceful time away from society, media, and every day strains of life. I am already planning my next camping trip here.