I feel like it’s been forever since I blogged! In actuality, it’s been a little over two weeks since I pre-scheduled the posts that went up while I was on vacation. I missed it!
Vacation was amazing! Relaxing and spending time with the people I love. Couldn’t get any better! But last week, after coming back from our cruise, gluten finally reared its ugly head and said “NO MORE!” and I was down for the count. I was sick for most of the week last week with the first three days being the worst. I couldn’t keep any food down and was so nauseous — I think it was that last trip to Five Guys that did me in. And to think, I was being so good at the beginning of the cruise… and then we went to Johnny Rockets… twice!! Argh!! No more gluten for me for a long while.
The first thing I wanted to do when I started feeling better was to get out back and start cleaning up the mess the winter had made. That always starts with the pool, but that’s a long process which is a little easier to take since it’s not actually warm enough to swim yet this year. Usually, we’re rushing to clean the pool so we can get in it, but it’s been unseasonably cool so far this May (except for that week we were on vacation from what I hear). We pull everything out of the screened porch, clean it and put it back. We also clean the outdoor furniture and the grill to get it all ready for the season.
So, during that process and in the spirit of eating healthy, I decided to make our vegetable planting a little more substantial this year. I usually do a few plants in pots (and end up losing about half of them), but I wanted to try something different this year. In all honesty, vegetable gardens aren’t permitted by our HOA, but it’s in my backyard and placed strategically so it will never be seen. I figured that is the whole point. Here’s the spot I chose — corner of the yard, behind the gate so it’s not seen when the gate is open, gets plenty of sun.
I purchased this raised bed kit at Wal-Mart for about $29 to contain the garden and keep it looking neat and contained.
Here it is placed and filled with planting soil.
Got some plants at Lowe’s — tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, herbs, zucchini…
And in the ground they go…
Now, I just cross my fingers and hope they grow!!