Apr. 10th, 2016

It has been an eventful couple of weeks. I returned from Georgia on April 1 and got a chance to see all the changes in the month since I left. My dad had done a ton of work in the yard, including adding raised beds, laying down paving stones, constructing a grape arbor and several trellises, and building rustic log furniture out of the remains of an old maple tree that I cut down soon after moving into my house. (For reference, it used to look like this.)

He also worked on assembling my beehive. Once I get the combs installed inside, I'll move it out to the concrete pad where all the maple wood used to be. I would have done that this week, but it's been raining.

The wisteria and cherry tree are in full bloom, and the plum tree has a good number of baby fruit. In a couple of weeks, I'll be ready to harvest the spring potatoes and plant my summer crops. What I find quite exciting is that I planted a bunch of the seeds I collected from the potato fruit I picked last year, and now I have a pot full of baby potato seedlings. I'm looking forward to seeing what kinds of tubers they will produce.

I planted runner beans all along the chain fence so that they can climb it like a trellis. They should have pretty flowers in early summer.

Brooke arrived at the airport on Tuesday, and I spent the rest of the week walking her around and getting her accustomed to the place. She seems eager to get started.

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