Dreaming of Greener Pastures

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What do you see when you look at this picture? I see a big garden full of vegetables that will help feed us for the next year. Yes there is a foot of snow…and then there is a lawn…but under all of that there is potential! Who wants to see what this is going to become?

We bought this house last November-2 weeks before the snow came and didn’t leave. I don’t even remember what the lawn looks like, but I know what it is going to look like. I have it all in my head and on Pinterest.

We are going to start tearing up the lawn in the lower area from this corner and just keep going from there as we see fit and have the energy to do so. I also hope to do some vertical gardening up the fences.


In my reading, I heard that this is the time to buy and start seeds. I just have one problem with that:


This adorable little troublemaker will eat anything he can get his teeth on and his brother isn’t much better. Starting seeds in the house just is not an option.

Other Vegetables

We did buy some seeds that I think will be fine to just plant directly as long as we do it soon. So far we have parsley and buttercrunch lettuce (because they were on sale for 9 cents each), peas for my husband, and black beans because I was inspired by this post about growing, harvesting, and canning black beans.

For the rest of the garden, we will probably buy plants (at least for this year). We will certainly get several kind of tomatoes, peppers and squash. It kind of depend on what inspires us at planting time.


Our house in on 3/4 acre, so the yard is pretty good sized for a lot in the suburbs. This is the other side of the back yard. I am threatening to do something unusual here. I am thinking about training kiwis up the fence and/or planting pumpkins and letting them take over the yard. Maybe I will come up with something even more creative. What will happen? You will just have to stay tuned and see!

2 thoughts on “Dreaming of Greener Pastures

  1. Sarah says:

    I’m so jealous that you can plant this spring! We are going to begin house hunting again once spring really hits. We are hoping to move to the country and have some land to really do a little bit of ‘homesteading’ ….. By the way…. I love your header photo. Looks very familiar to this Michigander who spent many summers up on Mackinac with some family who were year rounders 🙂

  2. Life in the Between says:

    That was our situation last year and I am chomping at the bit to get started this year, assuming it ever gets warm enough. As for the picture, we always vacation near or above there. I love it up north and would much rather be a Yooper.

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