The DIY project missing from your life

There are many wonderful things about living in the south. I am going back and forth about if there are enough wonderful things to keep me here. But, for now… Here is where I am supposed to be. One of the positives is being able to garden almost year round.

Weekend Mission should I choose to accept it:

1. Kick ass.  duh already do that every day. Check that one off the list

2. Make epic Cincinnati Chili. OMG OMG the recipe I found is beyond perfect. Of course I didn’t follow the recipe. Would I be me if I did? Will post the recipe later because you all need to eat this. Before your life spirals into an abyss of boring food.

3. Plant the best vegetable garden the world has ever seen. See photographic proof below.

*Warning, I got this garden concept from pinterest* 🙂

I found a random pallet, in the trunk of my car. Right after visiting my friend at a big store. Odd huh? We, and by we I mean my wife, covered the back in black yard fabric. I spent an hour finding the perfect place in the backyard and then filling it with garden soil. Why garden soil? Because garden soil must be better than regular soil or they wouldn’t sell it. If you can’t tell yet, I know nothing about gardening. But I am on a mission to go more organic and green. So, damnit. I am going to garden.

The cutest garden ever

My next step was to plant my herbs in my little garden box. I planted lavender, rosemary, chives, and basil. I also planted cucumbers, and a tomato plant. I still have lots of room, but I am going to see if I can keep these plants alive first.

Did I mention you have to wear a tutu to garden effectively?

My daughter was a crucial part of the gardening process. She stands by points her finger and tells me what to do. What would I do without that? Most toddlers would play in the dirt, but if she touched the dirt her fingers would be “nasty.” And we can’t have that, now can we?

Damn, those are some sexy legs.

The last step, and most important, is to water the garden. This was my downfall last year. I just started to forget to water. This year, I will remember!!! Hope springs eternal people.

The finished garden! Have you seen anything more precious? Of course you haven't.

As a last ditch effort I planted sunflowers along my back fence because you and I both know I will forget to water my garden and it will die. And if it doesn’t die the evil thug cats that the old lady next door is training to take over the neighborhood will destroy it. So when that happens I will need something sunny and happy to make me feel successful. Thus the sunflowers.

Location of future sunflowers

A Louisiana Spring

Summer is slowly trickling in this week. The air has begun to thicken. Moisture has begun to wind its way through the trees and up into my house. The camelias have bloomed all over the city. Their beautiful petals floating through the breeze.

Summer brings so many wonderful South Louisiana traditions. Warm afternoons of Jazz in the hot sun while drinking a strawberry beer. Hot Boiled crawfish spread across a picnic table covered in newspaper.

This time of year it is easy to forget that soon it will be so hot that you will not be able to remember what cold is. But for now I will sip my sweet tea on the back porch and look lovingly on the blooming flowers as the heat soothes my winter soul.