I just woke up from a two hour, post-work, Monday nap. I've been sleep deprived from the weekend. Operating on about 10 hours of sleep (now 12), I'm up and ready for bed! ha!
My mom joined me this weekend for a sewing marathon. She lives four hours away so our "work weekends" are few and far between. We stayed up sewing until 2ish on Friday night. I worked on picking out fabric for and piecing together my tee shirt, hobo totes. My mom worked on matching up my upholstery sample totes and sewing pockets!
We started sewing around 9am Saturday morning and didn't stop until 3am Sunday! My mom sewed 35+ stockings! Well we did take a break for deep dish pizza and a quick thrift store jaunt -- where combined we spent less than $35! Unheard of! My mom always complains that I only let her iron and cut so I promoted her to her very own sewing machine and work station!
It was beautiful this weekend and perhaps our last autumn weekend (though I won't believe winter until I see it). Jimmy and I got out in the yard Sunday to winterize our frontyard homestead. If you'll remember, we built this raised bed in March and I planted my very first garden. It was difficult to manage due to the size and our tomatoes took over our peppers. In expanding, but keeping it manageable, I decided to disband the one large bed and create three smaller raised beds.
|Jimmyredhed works to install the raised beds.|
They actually take up more yard space, but provide less growing space. I'm hoping to better utilize a smaller amount of growing space. All the blocks were once in our yard. We're also loosely practicing lasagna gardening so that our compost breaks down over the winter and we have full, rich beds come spring.
|Our Swiss Chard is still growing strong though soon we'll pull it.
We dug out all the grass around the beds to allow for easier maintenance. We will even the land with bulk dirt and then mulch. We can also get a lawn mower between each bed if needed.
We need to fill the last bed and mulch between the beds and the fence line (the plants on top will be covered and will compost in the last bed). Then we're done for winter.
Additionally we've been having some composting issues. We are not happy with one of our compost bins. It is too tall and we're not able to turn it as frequent as we'd like. We compost frequently and use our compost frequently. We need something with better access. The bin is similar to this bin (source) ::
I took up the bin, relocated the compost to our first bed and Jimmyredhed built this more permanent compost bin using leftover deck railings.
We used an old piece of wood paneling (that will eventually compost itself) underneath to kill the weeds and a leftover piece of wood paneling on top (to keep out nosy passerbys). We will line it with chicken wire and then start using it! The plan is to still use our spinning compost bin and then empty into this heap for more convenience, further composting, and corralling.
Lastly, we relocated the extra brick pavers and I planted mums behind my hostas. We enjoyed a lovely dinner of burgers (& veggie burgers) and potato salad with Jimmyredhed's parents and sister last night. I even whipped up a batch of fried green tomatoes with our garden's bounty! They were delish!
Is that enough outside inspiration for you for one day? It was for me . . . and now I'm ready to go back to sleep after my nap!