I've been busy planting everything I can. The growing gene is strong in me, but not in the garden this year. The garden looks horrible. The plants are coming up just fine but I can't bring myself to go back there and mulch it. I will, but not today. Instead I've been planting tomato plants in containers on the deck, along with corn, garlic and lettuce. I planted a whole container of corn from some organic popping corn in the cupboard. It's looking great. Might be fun to harvest some popping corn, we'll see.
I also tried some lettuce and spinach in a bag of potting soil that's on the deck. It was inspired by something I saw on facebook. We'll see if it works, so far so good.
The strawberry bed is growing like crazy. A certain little girl goes out there every morning as soon as she wakes up to search for tasty strawberries. I put my basil seedlings out there amongst the strawberries since they did so well last year and I added some broccoli seedlings as well.
The kids have been asking for popsicles ever since it started getting hot outside and their favorite popsicles are the kind that you cut the top off and push up from the bottom. Those are also the kind that I think are not so healthy for kids. Full of Red Dye 40 (which makes my kids even crazier than normal) and high fructose corn syrup. So I found these nifty zip lock popsicle bags called Zipzicles. I can just pour in whatever I want and freeze it for the kids to eat this summer. The kids love them! We have tried just plain lemonade which was tasty and the second batch I pureed up a bunch of strawberries and made strawberry lemonade popsicles. I'm going to keep experimenting this summer and try all sorts of concoctions. The Zipzicle bags were purchased off of Amazon for $3 a bag which has 12 in them. I've been able to wash them out and reuse them twice now but I figure after this round I'll just toss them in the recycling bin. It should also be noted that you'll need a funnel to fill them. They take right at a half a cup of liquid each and it's best to freeze them standing up in a tall container (I used an old oatmeal container). Very cool idea!