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More and more pea plants are making their way through the grass clipping mulch. I am a little overly excited that things are actually GROWING. It’s miraculous, really.


I planted some spinach last night and realized that there is a MUCH easier way to plant things. Last time, I poked holes in the mulch, planted the seed, and covered it up. This time? I planted in (on) the soil AND THEN covered it with mulch. WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THIS BEFORE?

Don’t answer that.

@melthiessen and I are gardening while our babies sleep

(See that ladybug on the pepper plant? Ladybugs are good! They eat the bad insects! Go and reproduce, little ladybug!)

Melissa and Kesler came over this afternoon and we ladies planted some tomatoes (all but two of the previously-mentioned plants died, so I pulled them up and replanted fresh plants) while our babies slept. Okay, while her baby slept and my baby talked in his crib for an hour. (Turdball.) She also planted beans, peas, and zucchini. (Did you plant anything else, Melissa? I can’t remember.)

Green onions have also made their way through the mulch and I am LOVING this mulch Eden garden thing. Thank you SO MUCH for posting about it, Jessica! The grass clippings have kept my soil moist and weed-free. And I saw so many worms today! Worms are good!

(I have an exclamation-mark problem.)(And a bracket problem.)

There are also an overabundance of ants, though, and ants aren’t good, right? I’m not about to spray my garden with ant-killing stuff, but I put out some indoor ant traps, and I’m hoping they do the trick.

so many annoying little weeeeeeds

There are SO MANY WEEDS in the girls’ gardens, though. I really need to mulch them as well. Next time Noah mows the lawn, I guess.

(*brief pause*)

Oh, um, while I was writing this post, I put up a(nother) Facebook status about my search for grass clippings and Venessa and Jess said they had some for me. So I went and picked them up, mulched the girls’ gardens a bit more, mulched over what Melissa planted this afternoon, and then planted the potatoes.


Sorry the photo is so dark, but it was 9:30pm and it was getting dark. I laid out the potatoes (Yukon gold, I think) and covered each plant-to-be with a pile of mulch. I think they’ll need a bit more, but I’ll have to wait for my next batch of mulch. (Anyone local have any grass clippings they want to get rid of?)(I pick up!)(Even at 9:15 on a Friday night!)(I really need a hobby.)(Oh, wait.)

It was weird when I was getting handfuls of grass out of the bag Jess gave me, it was hot. I thought I was going to burn my hand. It was messed up and I have no idea what was going on. Maybe it was just a hot flash, who knows.

morning rays

In other news, here is my Canadian Family post this week: Backpack Harnesses for Wandering Toddlers: Yay or Nay?

stair masters

kids are for dish-doing #earliergram


Oh, and I got my annual haircut the other day. Did you say hello to the giant bags under my eyes? I haven’t been sleeping well. Part of it is my own fault, part of it is Preston’s fault (well, kind of; it’s mostly my fault for being lazy and not working harder on sleep-training him), and part of it is … no, looks like it’s mostly my own fault. I procrastinate, I stay up too late, I can’t get my head to JUST SHUT UP.

Sometimes I have a problem getting my mouth to do that, too.

Categories: the garden project

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  • Meg Saturday, June 9, 2012, 12:38 am

    Maybe the clippings were hot because they’d started decomposing? I love that you’re so into gardening and that your garden is actually growing!

    • mrswilson Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 9:53 am

      I’m quite SHOCKED it’s actually growing!!

  • Melissa Thiessen Saturday, June 9, 2012, 9:59 am

    just carrots you forgot!!! Excited to see our garden grow!!! yay!!!

    • mrswilson Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 9:53 am

      I know!!! I can’t wait until we’re in there eating its harvest!

  • bethany actually Saturday, June 9, 2012, 10:50 am

    Yep, Meg is right! The grass was probably hot because it’d started decomposing. The process of decomposition produces carbon dioxide and heat. I’ve read that you need to be careful about using grass as garden mulch because of the heat, actually–it can damage plants if you’re not careful, which is why it’s a good idea to spread grass clippings out to dry and cool off before putting them on your garden, if they’re very hot.

    I’m glad the gardening is going well so far!

    • mrswilson Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 9:54 am

      Ah, so that’s why!! I’ve put it on fresh, so if it kills all my plants, I’ll learn and not do it next year. :)

  • jessica Saturday, June 9, 2012, 12:44 pm

    Oh everything looks wonderful! Yay!!

    Yes, the grass was hot because it has started to decompose. Fresh manure does the same thing. I’ve been spreading the freshly cut grass out behind the greenhouse to let it dry out, then I spread it on the plants. However, a neighbor is just spreading it green and it’s doing great.

    • mrswilson Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 9:51 am

      I’ve been doing the fresh grass, too, and it seems to be doing ok. :)

  • Deborah Saturday, June 9, 2012, 2:50 pm

    Right on all decomposing accounts. When yard waste decomposes to that kind of high heat, it also kills the weed seeds in a compost system – or even a plastic bag (which is a GOOD thing!). In your case, it hopefully got high enough to make the grass ‘inert’ so it won’t root and invade your garden with grass. We’re constantly fighting against volunteer grass in our garden. …yet we have bald patches in our yard. *sigh*

    • mrswilson Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 9:52 am

      I know, right? WHY do things grow where you don’t want them and not grow where you want them to grow??

  • Angella Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 12:33 pm

    I love reading your gardening posts (and comments). :)