Category Archives: Outdoors

Home Gardening Center

Home Gardening Center

I know it was snowing outside today but I can’t help but get really, really excited about the promise of spring and GARDENS!

A few years ago we bought this cabinet from a family member who was moving. For the past two years I’ve been trying to sell it to recoup our money and buy a china hutch that will work for our living space and needs. Sadly the most I’ve been offered for it is about 1/6th of what we paid for it. NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

After our less than wonderful yard sale on Saturday I gave up. I decided to make this cabinet and hutch work for me and act as something beautiful. I’ve been wishing for a bench or a space to plant all of my seedlings and to allow them to germinate. Viola!

This week I applied a clear coat finish to the raw wood. This made it very, very shiny and WATERPROOF! It will stay in our garage and store all of my gardening stuff and be a workspace for planting this spring! I’m so excited!

Is anyone else getting ready to start their gardens? What are you doing to prepare?

Pumpkin Patch: Waterman’s Farm Market

Pumpkin Patch: Waterman’s Farm Market

Last weekend we went on an outing with our friends Katie, Will and their daughter Lilli. One of my best friends was visiting from California and we wanted to do some Midwest fall-type things so we went to a pumpkin patch called Waterman’s. Waterman’s is a farm market that is open 7 days a week May through October. They have two locations and we went to the Raymond Street location.

At Waterman’s there is an admission charge that covers a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick out your pumpkin. The pumpkins are well priced at 35 cents per pound. We got THREE pumpkins for $8! Lulu posed for some amazing photos in the pumpkin patch and then on the hayride. We also went to the little petting zoo and watched a pumpkin eating dinosaur. There were so many things to do and some wonderful food vendors that made Waterman’s a wonderful place to take the whole family for a great day!

Something else that I really want to point out about Waterman’s. They have a portion of their farm set aside for refugee families to grow their own food. The particular refugees that they farm with at this time are the Karen from Burma. This grabbed my attention because beginning this year, I have been working with Karen refugees at “The Non-Profit”.

If you are looking for something fun to do with your family, check out Waterman’s through Halloween day and then go back for the Pumpkin Sling Shot on November 6th. All proceeds from the Pumpkin SlingShot benefit the Julian Center.