It’s Been Awhile….

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Lauryn here. I’m back! So it has been a while since I have written. I took a step back in the beginning of March and a look at where I am spending my time. It was pretty eye opening actually.

Blogging has always been something that I intended to be a creative outlet. The Vintage Mom was meant to be a place where I could share what was going on in my mind at the time. In the months leading up to March I felt a strong need to post consistently and that became almost every day. Quite honestly, it was too much…for me.

Taking a step back has allowed me to re-prioritize some things and now I am BACK and ready to share just in time for spring – which is now becoming my new favorite season.

We have A LOT going on at home. After a New England winter filled with snow (that just left a week ago), I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to start my seedlings and get back to creating our dream home. And now…we’re at it. A week of 60 degree days will do a lot for the soul. It is enough to put a constant smile on your face. Even as I sit here on a rainy day I am smiling because I know that the rain is watering those carrots I just planted a few days ago and the garlic that is sprouting.

This is a whole new gardening world for us up here. I’ve started seeds (later than I would have in PA) and planted some in the ground but I am still not quite sure what to expect. So Ben and I have agreed to work on some structural things this summer and experiment with all of the planting. I am recording everything that we do so we will remember for next year!

We are just getting started but we have accomplished so much in such a little time!

First, let me just make note, the garlic is coming up. I repeat, THE GARLIC IS COMING UP! I realize this is not a big deal to most gardeners. I have never planted garlic before though and after this winter that we had, I wasn’t hoping for anything big but…I  got big and that makes me happy. It is kind of unreal the amount of excitement that you feel when you see those green shoots begin to poke through the mulch that you placed to protect them all winter. And now, we have tons of green shoots.

garlic

Last weekend, the kids and I marked out an area for the carrots and planted some. I wasn’t planning on planting carrots this year – it wasn’t on my list but I had received a gift from my in-laws for Christmas from Seed Savers and it included the gorgeous purplish Dragon carrots so we planted of course!

Ben got to building right away too. Our greenhouse cover survived the harsh winter. And so inside, Ben built a big raised bed area where I planted greens – Butterhead lettuce, spinach and lettuce mix. Eventually I think we will be able to plant right in the ground but I am fairly certain the soil will need to be amended a bit before we do. Not to mention, the greenhouse needs to be cleaned up a bit before we do. The good news was that we were able to till the sides and there were not nearly as many rocks as we had anticipated. Microgreens are going to be started in there next!

raised bed

Seedlings are constantly being started now. Every day I have been starting more. I got the peppers going a few weeks ago and they took forever to germinate. I swear I was like a mother waiting for her child to arrive. And the tomatoes – some have started growing and I am waiting on all of the others to germinate. The tricky part for me has been the nights. I have warming mats (but not enough) and a mini greenhouse in the sunroom but it is still getting really cold here at night.

So, there is a lot to do. But I am loving every single bit of it. I can’t wait to see what blooms here in spring. We didn’t arrive until summer last year and so we have no idea what we are in for – but I can imagine it is going to be quite the sight. Stay tuned! I promise, there will be more to come. :)

– Lauryn

About Lauryn Blakesley


A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Welcome back! I’ve been thinking lately it’s been pretty quite from my NE friend. As you know I am so jealous of your land and greenhouse, your gardening season is going to be amazing! Yay for the garlic, I’ve never grown garlic either…it’s on my list! We are so behind with our garden this year. I actually just cleaned it out yesterday. It’s such hard work but so worth it in the end. HAPPY SPRING!!!
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  2. Kelly Grant says:

    Hi Lauryn!

    I am a complete and total novice at gardening, but I’m desperately trying to continue to honor the planting that you and your family maintained at your former home in PA! If you have any pruning or maintenance tips regarding your perennials, I’d love to hear them!!

    Thanks,
    Kelly

    • Hi Kelly!! I love this! So…they are all super easy! The hydrangeas in the back of the yard – just clip the flowers as they bloom. That’s it! They will come up every year. As for the hostas around the sides of the house, you don’t need to do anything to them. They can get really big so feel free to split them (cut them in half and plant other places). They are low maintenance and like shade. There is a butterfly bush at the back of the house on the left side (if you are looking at the front door). That one just needs to be cut back in the fall – they too can get really big! There is an iris on the right side of the house that also doesn’t need a thing. It will bloom every spring! And…right before we left I planted lavender on the right side of the back yard around the patio. That should be pretty forgiving as well and will get bushy. You can keep cutting it back and even clip some to dry out and use for a a fresh scent. It will be so exciting for you to see the what blooms this spring! So glad you reached out, hope you guys are well!

      • Kelly Grant says:

        Thanks for the tips! We’re enjoying keeping it up! I just trimmed back the butterfly bush the other day, and the lavender is doing well! Hope all is well in Boston!

  3. I am so excited for you to be “putting down roots” and turning your property into your haven.
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