Garden Markers

It’s so good to get back to blogging!

Life’s been {BEEsy} here these last couple of weeks with many good things. My son finished first grade last Wednesday, and we celebrated at school and home. I have some exciting things to share about that in the weeks to come.

I’ve also enjoyed some special moments with family. My husband’s Aunt Rose and her sister Dorothy came into town for a visit. I always cherish our time with them. They are lovely, funny, and wise ladies!

And over the holiday weekend, I visited the Denver Zoo twice—first with my son and then with my husband and son. Ah, both visits were relaxing!  The animals were active and entertaining as you can see below from the some of the snapshots I took with my cellphone.

Zoo - Groucho the Elephant 1

Zoo - Groucho the Elephant 2 Zoo - Tigers

Zoo - Hippo

Zoo - Posing with Gorilla Statue

Zoo - On a Log

Zoo - Feeding a Lorikeet

You probably noticed from the pictures that my son is wearing a sling. About a week and a half ago, he had a bike accident and broke his collarbone. We were concerned about how painful the injury was and how this would affect his summer. To our relief, our family doctor told us that Hayden’s collarbone should fully heal within six weeks. He can begin resuming many of his normal activities here in the next week or so {with the exception of hanging from the monkey bars, which he’ll have to wait to do until he’s fully healed :0)}.

Hayden’s been such a trooper about his injury. My heart aches for him, though, because he hasn’t been able to participate in some school and summer activities that seven-year-olds long to be a part of, including Field Day. His teacher was so kind and thoughtful. She still assigned him to a team, and he was given the same ribbons that his team received.  I was gifted with a precious moment during the event. A girl in Hayden’s class gave him one of her blue ribbons because she felt so bad that he couldn’t participate. It was a sweet and endearing moment that touched both Hayden and me.

Okay, now onto today’s post. In the middle of all this busyness, I’ve been working hard with my family at our community garden plot. We began planting seeds for cool season vegetables in early May, and today I put in the last of the plants. Yay!!

Below is a snapshot I took today of our garden. We have a 15′ x 15′ plot, and as you can see, we share borders with three other gardens. We planted a variety of veggies, including onions, carrots, radishes, lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, beets, kale, eggplant, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, an assortment of peppers, tomatillos, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, a mammoth sunflower, and more. {Whew! That was a mouthful!! :0)}

Community Garden - Our Plot (5-28-13)

This last week, Hayden and I worked on a project for the garden ~ homemade vegetable markers. I picked up two packages of small rectangular wooden boards at Hobby Lobby for the project and used supplies we had at the house, including exterior white paint, assorted colors of acrylic paint, and scrap wood pieces for the posts. The project cost me about $5.

We put a coat of white paint on all 12 boards.  After the paint dried, I penciled in the vegetable names and Hayden drew the pictures. Because of his injury, painting was a bit difficult for him, so he asked me to do the painting. He had such a great attitude about it, and he did a fabulous job with the drawings!

For the final step, I used a hot glue gun to attach the posts (mine were about a foot long) to the signs. Below is a sampling of the markers we made.
Garden - Peas maker

Garden - Carrots marker

Garden - Eggplant marker

Garden - Tomatoes marker

Garden - Kale marker

Garden - Peppers marker

Garden - Radishes marker

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