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August in the Garden

We have a huge old Phillips gas light in our yard that the previous owners (and now our super rad neighbors) installed to light up the side yard of the house.

While it’s a cool old light, it just doesn’t fit with what we are doing here at the old farmhouse.

Earlier this year, I told my husband I’d love to have it removed and install a solar garden light. We wondered how on earth we’d take it down and what on earth we’d do with it after we took it down. I said, “Someone will come by and want it. Someone with a garage or something.”

A couple of weeks ago we visited the 127 Yard Sale and happened upon a couple who were selling various things including an old decorative wrought iron garden piece that I’d LOVE to have, by the way, but the $300 price tag made us reconsider.

Anyway, my husband asked the guy if he might be interested in the light. He was. He stopped by today to see what tools he’d need. Turns out he has a garage in his backyard and several old gas station items and wants it to go along with that.

I’m excited it’s going to a good home and I’m excited to one day get a solar light that I want for the garden and the path to the pool & fire pit.

Things are coming along. It’s all coming together. We just keep working and moving forward. With every spadeful of earth, I see it all coming to fruition and I couldn’t be happier.

This year, we’ve been able to give away three fresh herb bouquets and I have enough to sell three more. Bouquets like this one below are $5.

We’ve given some produce to friends & family as well. Soon, we’ll have more tomatoes we can sell. Cherries, Brandywine, and Plums & all are doing very well.

The corn did not fair well and we only had one decent cob, but that’s okay. Maybe next year will be better.

We’ve enjoyed seeing Swallowtail caterpillars in the Parsley. We currently have three of them munching away and growing bigger and bigger each day. Kat has really enjoyed them.

We also had a Clearwing moth visit! I admit, the picture isn’t the best, but it was the best I could do with my IPhone. Their wings move quickly like hummingbird wings! Seriously cool.

I weeded the vegetable garden and found another large watermelon hidden in the grasses and tomatoes. Ha! I had no idea it was there. It’s actually the largest of the three and made me wonder if perhaps a hands-off approach is better? Hmmmm.

What do you think?

There’s the update on the garden for August. I’ll be heading back out to dig out more of the sidewalk I found once I’m feeling better. Pretty sure I’ve got Strep Throat. Ugh. Makes it a little difficult to do any hard work like digging, but it’ll pass and I’ll be happy to get back out there.

Because it’s been hard to swallow, I’ve been drinking a lot of smoothies. Here’s a super yummy one that I’ve had the last couple of days:

1 big handful greens

2 TBSP vanilla Greek yogurt

1 sprig fresh rosemary (not stem)

3-4 sprigs fresh thyme (not stems)

1/2 banana

1/2 cup Coconut water with pineapple

1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

2 TVSP raw local honey

1/4 cup raw almonds

Blend until smooth.

Tonight is the Sturgeon Moon. We’re celebrating with hotdogs and s’mores at the fire pit. What do you hope to bring into your life this month?



Categories: Nature

A Musing Mother

Hi! My name is Theresa and I'm a wife, mom of three, and grandma to two. I am a Nature lover and a follower of Christ. I live in an old farmhouse on the river where I homeschool our daughter. Most days, I can be found reading, making nature-inspired products, & gardening. I also enjoy traveling with my family, exploring cool local places, and helping out others where I am able. On the blog, I must about life, love, and learning.

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