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After church Sunday the whole family stopped by Lowes to pick up some knobs for Novella’s newly painted chest/night stand (post on that project coming this week!). While we were there we picked up some basil and a couple of tomato plants for the patio. While we do have a back yard we share it with two apartments so I don’ feel I can really dig into the dirt and plant a garden. But there’s nothing wrong with container gardening!

Novella was out with Dad yesterday afternoon at a dance rehearsal and the rest of us headed outside to get those plants in their pots! I had picked up a bag of organic potting soil a few weeks ago and luckily it was exactly enough to pot our tomatoes and basil.

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All of the kids wanted to help — even Wesley! Jesse put one handful of dirt in the pot and he was done. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture. He was more interested in playing in the yard.

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Wesley helped out by pushing Jesse and Sophia around in the Pooh car for a while. It was apparently hard work!

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Sophia and John Elijah were all over the gardening, though. Abe was, too! We got the plants in the dirt fairly quickly.

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Things went a little crazy after they turned on the water. I resisted at first but then I caved and let them play for a few minutes. I even held the hose so the big boys could get in on the action, too. Novella was sorry she missed it.

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We even saw a rainbow in the water stream and Abe caught a picture of it. Can you see it?

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Hopefully we can keep the plants alive this time. I don’t have a great track record with, well, pretty much anything that grows in a pot or in the ground. When it was time to clean up we saw a scary looking black spider on the water hose! It was black with white spots.

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Kenny doesn’t think it was dangerous. I plan on looking it up. At the time it looked plenty dangerous! I was afraid to try to smack it because it didn’t look like it would kill easily. I instructed the boys to keep an eye on it’s whereabouts while I ran into the house for the spider spray. Of course I couldn’t find it. The boys were concerned. They didn’t want to smack it, either, but neither did they want to just leave it to find it’s way into the house!

So I did the next best thing. I sprayed it with left over polyacrylic spray from the night stand re-do. 🙂 It did the trick and turned the spider a cool metallic blue.

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The boys were impressed at my ingenuity. My head is a little bigger.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend polyacrylic spray as a spider spray, though. It is a bit pricey as a bug killer. Wink