Gardening Workout

For Christmas 2013, I gave Emily a raised garden structure made of cedar to put in our yard.  It was something that she had wanted since we moved in and we had never gotten around to it.  As summer rolled around, we both grew tired of our jobs and we were spending a lot of time searching for new opportunities.  Since we were so focused on finding something new that summer, we decided it wasn’t the best time to put the garden together.  As it turns out as we rolled into the heat of summer, I was offered my new job and we were hell bent on getting everything in the house updated to have it ready to sell quickly.

As summer approaches here in Wisconsin, and as we clean out the garage and storage areas, we decided to put the garden structure together and get vegetables planted.  I am happy with the construction of the garden, the manufacturer has done a great job assembling an easy to put-together kit.

This year we have planted squash, broccoli, tomatoes, jalepenos, mixed peppers, and okra.

Backyard Vegetable Garden

In addition to the vegetable garden, Emily also planted a little herb garden.  Her dad built this and gave it to us before we left Texas.  We have had it on our front porch since we moved in and are very happy to finally be able to use it.

In the herb garden we planted cilantro, basil, oregano, and green onions.

Front Porch Herb Garden

If all works out this will be a wonderful summer here in Wisconsin to eat fresh vegetables.  Hopefully we can post progress pictures as some of this starts to sprout.  If it all dies, I may just never bring it up again.

Sunday Fun Day and Spring Gardening

When Nick is out of town, I try to keep myself as busy as possible.  I dropped him off at the airport Saturday afternoon and headed straight to the store.  I browsed the shoe department for a while, then decided to head over to Home Depot.  My goal for Sunday was to cleanup our two flower beds.  While perusing the garden section of Home Depot, I found the plants I wanted, but would have to return Sunday to get them because I needed Nick’s truck to be able to haul everything.  After that, I went to a friend’s house for dinner and a few glasses of wine.

Before and After

Before and After

Sunday morning I was up bright and early.  I had a full day ahead of me.  I wanted to try a new recipe, Cuban Lechon Asado, so I put a pork shoulder on the smoker.  Then I drove to Home Depot, arriving just as the doors opened at 8am.  I picked up some shrubs, a few flowering plants, potting soil, several bags of mulch, and concrete edging.  I got home and began working in the garden.  I pulled the weeds, planted the flowers and shrubs, added the edging around the two trees in the yard, and mulched the garden.   I didn’t finish working in the yard until almost 2pm.

Once inside, I ate lunch then took a short nap.  I woke up around 4pm and walked the dogs around the neighborhood.  When I returned home, I did my strength training dvd (more on that next week).  I took the pork off of the smoker, let it rest, and then pulled it.  Next, I made arepas.  This is only the second time I’ve made arepas, so I don’t have this recipe perfected yet.  Nonetheless, dinner was quite tasty.

Cuban Lechon Asado ArepasAfter cleaning the kitchen and doing some housework, around 8pm I was finally able to sit down and relax.  Sunday was a fun, yet very productive day.