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    Asha, I bet life is different with DH at his job instead of school PLUS jobs.....
    Yes, I agree with Sara-Jean. I love photos and wish there were more on this board.
    Life is definitely different. First, he doesn't have to study any more - it is a huge worry off his shoulders. Second, we don't have to pay for the classes anymore! But for the last 18 months he worked a lot of overtime because we had our old house to fix up , pay mortgage for, and sell it. We lost a bunch of money on it over all, but we saved our credit rating- for what it's worth...
    After the trip to California, we backed off the overtime considerably and it is so nice to have him home. It is fun!
    He is taking up a project of building a play house that is a mini replica of our old house with added architectural features . He says it is for the younger kids and for the older kid's kids- so he is really thinking into the future! Our oldest is building a miniature of the play house to scale out of mdf ( kind of particle board) which right now looks like a nice doll house.
    All I want is a garden, a better tree house ( right now it is a tree platform- the boys thought it was enough) and improved swings because the ones we have swing in circles giving kids headaches.
    Oh, the trampoline is a huge hit now- I guess it had to get broken in- now it's stretchier and they use it as often as weather permits.
    Sorry for the ramblings!
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    Please "ramble" more often! What kind of garden would you like? Vegetable? Flowers? Mixed? What size?...
    I'm curious! It will be time to start soon, so this is a good time to plan!
    Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat

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    Ha ha, don't get me started!
    We are going to have a sizable vegetable garden near the barn. We want tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, peppers, onions, etc- everything to make a soup with and some herbs. Hopefully we will also be successful with potatoes.
    A really sad thing is, last year we tilled and tiled and made this beautiful garden near our burn pile. We worked so hard, weeding and tending to it, but the rains came and the garden was too low and everything basically drowned... This year we are moving it to higher ground- learning lessons!
    All around the house we have a flower garden with a bunch of perennials and I can't wait to add annuals like impatiens, petunias and such. I want color! I also want to seed cosmos and plant them everywhere. It is funny because my parents used to have a nursery with annuals ( now my brother owns it) and they have thousands of those flowers- I feel like I want thousands- LOL! maybe this winter gave me PTSD? Also, inspired by your blog, I would like to attempt to grow a clematis. I will start with one and see how I do. My mom had beautiful ones. I believe there is one named after Pope John Paul II .

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    Clematis on the Web is a site you must bookmark! Clematis on the Web
    There is a search section, but you must know the exact name and it does not always work if the spelling is off.
    This is John Paul II: Clematis on the Web :: clematis detail
    If I were you, I would begin with a clematis that has a bright color and is a "Group 3" (also called "group C). These are cut back to about 8-10 inches in very early spring each year. (like now!)
    They are beautiful and the hardiest for us in Poland or in the great white North!
    Among my favorites are these:
    Betty Corning
    Etoile Violette
    Pagoda
    Galore
    Tie Dye
    Madame Julia Correvon
    Aotearoa
    Princess Diana
    Mrs Harvey
    Polish Spirit
    ......and hundreds more!!!!
    Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat

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    Just wrote a big long message back and hit the "reply to thread", which, of course, lost it all... No time to re-write right now, but basically, I was wishing much better luck on the garden this year, now that you know how weather and water work on your property!

    Did you look up companion planting for veggies? Take a peek if you haven't. Planting certain things together can really help them grow and produce more, and save space in the garden! A good book to check out is 'Carrots love tomatoes' that you could probably find at the local library.
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    Love the awesome updates! Good luck with the garden this year! We live in such a cold/temperate climate that we get great cold crops like greens and broccoli but not much else--we'd love better tomatoes and peppers and to be able to actually grow corn!
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