Have you seen these? It reminds me of a game board. Growing a garden is kind of like a game, so at least it gets you in the right mindset. You follow the directions, and hope for the best results, but who knows what might happen along the way!
The animals at the Desert Museum are very real. While rounding a corner on the trail, a real life actual several foot long snake slithered in front of us. We were not exactly prepared with a snakebite kit, but the danger made the whole experience a little more thrilling. The other animals were a little more tame.
Butterflies were everywhere. I am very inspired to plant many butterfly friendly flowers in our own yard.
This prairie dog stopped moving the second I started filming him, so at least he has a sense of humor.
I have never seen a black widow spider in real life, and they are much much much bigger than I imagined.
The frogs, grasshoppers, and basically all kinds of bugs and such are much larger there. All we get here are foot long cockroaches.
That is a coyote in the middle there. Do you see any actual fence at first? Neither did we. We stood there wondering if we should be playing dead.
Our love of garden stores is no secret. Whenever we have out-of-town guests, my usual suggestion for activities is to go on a tour of garden stores.
This past weekend on our road trip, we got to visit the Desert Museum, which is kinda like a garden store of every type of cactus, but nothing is for sale. They had the cactus rock garden of my dreams, and we learned all the cactus facts. I’m thinking about labeling all our plants now, including the quiz facts.
We were only allowed to take one rock each, which I am still carrying around in my purse.
Our weekend was filled with a road trip to the desert. We saw all kinds of cacti, and all kinds of golf carts. There were trees with green bark, and grasshoppers with foot long legs. It is a part of the country we are not as familiar with, but thankfully, these signs gave us some useful tips.
If you are going into battle, you need the proper armor. If you are going to spend a bit of time outside, you should be dressed and ready for it! Here are some basic essentials for spending a morning doing yardwork:
1. Staying well hydrated is common sense, and helps keep you cool. I like a cup with a lid and straw, so I can feel more sure a stray bug or something isn’t swimming around in there. 2. Most of the time, I wear a watch. Its easy to lose track of time, and if you need to be showered and somewhere else later, you’ll be glad you wore one.
3. I’m a fan of hats. They keep hair out of my face, and make my crazy hair a little more manageable. I like baseball hats, or big floppy garden hats, and braids. 4. And finally, a good pair of garden gloves. My fingers still tend to get sore and I occasionally get a little cut, and I can only imagine what my hands would look like if I didn’t wear gloves.
Optional essential- bug spray. Mosquitoes can be nasty, but I kinda hate bug spray, so I try to go as long as possible without it. Wearing long pants and sleeves helps a lot.
What is your go-to garden gear?
Falls mainly in the middle of the night, accompanied by house shaking thunder and bright flashes of lightning. While nearly 7 inches of rain fell in some parts of Austin, I was wide awake, browsing the world from my phone. I was also noticing how hungry I was, and how much coffee we were going to have to drink in the morning.
At least your coffee mug can brighten up the day, even when you feel like a zombie. (1, 2, 3, 4)
If you follow us on Instagram, you have probably seen our energetic and helpful farm dog throughout the day.
She keeps herself pretty busy. Over the past couple days, we have had a lot of family/friend birthdays, so she took some time out of her day to help us celebrate them. Thanks, #superawesomefarmdog
Our current goal in life is to go on a trip to Italy. Wander the streets and eat fresh pasta and gelato, and take a trip to the countryside where sauce bubbles on the stove all day and life is simple. But since I haven’t gotten around to fixing my name on my passport, they don’t want us to visit quite yet.
So current goal B is to go fly fishing and hiking. It is a more achievable short-term goal anyway, though there is probably less fresh pasta. To raise funds for this, and all future goals, we have opened the Official Super Awesome Urban Farm Shop.
This month, we lovingly cut up a bunch of Anthropologie catalogs, and then used the pieces to make cards. They are all unique, limited edition, and hand numbered for extra authenticity. You can visit the shop to see them all.