maya mori

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the garden

autumn is in full swing and i haven’t posted a single thing since may!  one of my great joys these past months has been working in the garden.  back in the spring, i was lucky to enlist the help of my friend kyle (who is a great gardener and has a fearless approach) to get me motivated in the garden.  our yard is pretty large, but was completely overgrown, wild and overwhelming.  my friend sarah, her son and my eldest son helped all day to begin the transformation.  we cut down trees, dug up stumps, hacked off branches and cleared the way for a new space!garden 1

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kyle and ethan taking out branches left and right!

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here is the garden space after we finished that day.

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our driveway was overflowing with yard debris..

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the next weekend, micah pulled out the garden boxes and rototilled the entire area.  i worked on creating new garden beds and bordering them with old bricks we found in the yard.

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next, we built a third garden box, dug out holes and laid all of them down diagonally.

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we had dirt delivered and got 12 yards of wood chips for free!  it took forever to wheelbarrow it all!!

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finally, it was starting to take shape!

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i had such a wonderful time planting seeds with all the kids.  we planted a bean teepee, beets, mixed greens, snap peas, cucumbers, carrots, onions, tomatoes, shishito peppers, kabocha, swiss chard, bok choy, hot peppers (for ethan’s hot sauce), japanese eggplant, herbs and a ton of colorful annuals.  we bought some perennials too, but tried to get it as lush & colorful as possible without spending money.  we were lucky to have great neighbors & friends give us veggie starts and perennials throughout the summer.

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as the summer came to a close, the garden was truly magical.  we had wonderful dinners with friends, read for hours on the hammock and the girls loved to play amongst the towering sunflowers & exuberant zinnias.  can’t wait for next year!

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Quivira

On Monday the weather was a bit too cold for basking by the river, so we decided to explore. I had read about Quivira Winery in Dry Creek Valley and it seemed like a great destination. They utilize biodynamic farming techniques and have a gorgeous garden you can explore. The drive was stunning & Quivira did not disappoint us one bit. The kids had a picnic lunch on the patio next to the garden, we were able to taste their wines and then took a stroll through the amazing garden.

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