“..to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience,..”

Our lovely Summer Garden in 2011 was the victim of a pretty awful drought. It was so hard to watch all of our plants & baby trees die and also to watch our animals and established plants suffer. Since moving isn’t in the forecast, we are getting creative in preparing for the summer ahead. So, rain water harvesting, more shelter for our animals, easier access to water, keyhole gardening to start.

We read this article http://www.texascooppower.com/texas-stories/nature-outdoors/keyhole-gardening on keyhole gardening and got really excited. We are hoping that this will be just what our plants need to survive the brutal Texas heat.

The start of our project

Right in the front of the house:)) Only place with trees big enough to create evening shade.

yay!!

Video of Billy building the compost bins

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ0gxyFe1q4

You create a circle with stone,  lay down a sticks, mulch and compost, create an inside layer of cardboard before adding your top soil, place compost basket in the middle of your bed, add top soil, add some type of cage..both for things to grow up and also so that you have a way to cover your plants if need be. 

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow. ~ David Hobson

Our compost can now be dumped right down into the center of the beds..so convenient

The first official compost dump…yippee

thank you, Pinterest:))

Farm manicure..haha!

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. ~ May Sarton

Can you please send a few successful gardening vibes our way and cross your fingers that we don’t lose all of these wonderful organic plants and seeds again this year.

~ Barefoot Mama

My “Magic in a Bottle”

He ran around most of the afternoon, pretending to be a chicken. My hands were really muddy but I did get a short video of him as a chicken:))

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GXe4QuS04o

This boy and his outfits…..LOVE

My little chicken


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