Since I last posted in March I was very busy trying to finish my first years worth of volunteer hours for the Master Gardener program. So, I have spent many hours helping at the Bothell Children's Garden both working in the garden and helping with the preschool program, helping with the Bothell High Culinary Arts program, clinic hours at the Home Depot, potting up tomato seedlings for the Master Gardener Sale and working at the Master Gardener Sale. Then there are the post graduate tests and other various things that needed to be finished for the MG program. I will have to do that all again for 2015, after that I will no longer be considered an intern and then the mandatory hours are much less.
So, as you can see I barely had time to work in my own garden after all of that on top of the usual busyness here. I do try to look at blogs, but usually don't have time to comment, although I hope I can try and do more of that soon.
Our summer was very hot, I spent a lot of time watering trying to keep plants alive. The upside is we have tons of tomatoes still in the freezer.
Since I last posted the Littlest Gardener turned 8 and Sweet Pea turned 16!!
We added a few Silkies and built them their very own coop. They are great egg layers, but all three went broody at the same time and crowded into one tiny nesting box. At this time of year they are laying much better than our regular sized chickens.
And just when I thought we couldn't get any busier we decided to get a puppy. She is a miniature Labradoodle. She is now 14 weeks old and named Stella. I forgot just how much work puppies are. Luckily Sweet Pea had taken on a big chunk of the time she needs spent with her. Sweet Pea has already taught her quite a few tricks. Now, I just look forward to the jumping, biting, chewing phase to be over. I can tell she is a smart girl and she can be very sweet when she's just about to fall asleep. ☺
Since fall I've been cutting down and digging up and moving things in the garden. I'm anxious for it to warm a bit so I can get back out and do more work out there.
Hopefully 2015 will be a good year for all us gardeners. May we all have time to find some therapy out in our garden!
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