Memorial Day has come and gone, but we tried to use the time as best we could.

Getting our garden in the ground is always an effort for us. Some years we put it in early, take a trip, and come home to find the whole mess choked with weeds. Other years it takes us a bit of extra time to get it in because of a trip we take in May. This year was one of the latter. Because we went to Cleveland a couple of weeks ago, we didn’t get our garden in the ground until Memorial Day weekend. We’ve got an expanded garden this year because we’re using space that used to be under a spruce tree we had removed. We’re not growing anything too unusual this year. Tomatoes, cukes, kohlrabi, pumpkins, eggplants, green beans, zucchini, lettuce, sweet peppers, hot peppers, dill, basil, mint, oregano, and broccoli are the ones that come to mind. I’m also growing some hops for brewing (Cascades, Sunbeams, Willamettes, Mt. Hood, and Kent Goldings), but I’m not expecting to get a substantial harvest of cones from those until next year. Most everthing that would interest rabbits has been fenced off, which means that we should actually get some kolrabi and broccoli this year. Dalla is 100% effective at stopping rabbit browsing of the garden, but she’s only in the yard 15-20% of the time, so we still have to put out chicken wire. Garrison went in for his four month doctor’s appointment recently. He’s still in the 70+ percentile for his age in weight, head diameter, and length. He got some more vaccinations, which put him into a nasty mood for the evening, but he was mostly over that by the next day.

Lest anyone think we forgot, we made our obligatory trip to Brat Fest over Memorial Day. As part of the successful effort to eat over 200,000 brats, Sarah and I each consumed three sausage tubes on Saturday. Garrison managed to sleep through his first Brat Fest, which I suspect he won’t do next year when he’s older.

Memorial Day, we decided to take some time off of working around the house and hike some of the trails at Devil’s Lake State Park. The weather was generally favorable and we brought a picnic so that we could leave the house a bit earlier. The park was crowded with people enjoying the last gasps of Memorial Day weekend, but we still found plenty of space for ourselves. The pictures below were taken during our hike.

Garrison, Dalla, and David