Spring Projects: First Vegetable Garden & Refinished 30 Year Old Bench

Contrary to what some people believe I have a life outside of photography and don’t sit on my computer all day.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my job!  However, I love my job because I keep my life balanced between work and play.  Like everyone who loves their job, they need to break away from it to remain inspired and learn new things.

As you may (or may not) know, we recently bought a house!  Even though this house is newer and doesn’t need work, we still have to make it feel like a home and for me that means spring projects!

Here’s what I’ve been up to in-between shooting weddings, editing photos and client meetings:

Our First Vegetable Garden:

When I first moved to Belleville, it’s been near impossible to connect via social media with local talent.  I think I was spoiled in Kitchener-Waterloo.  However, the nice part is I get to meet people IN PERSON and learn about the area first hand.

The first stop in getting this garden started was learning that the Belleville Lowe’s is awesome!  Hands down I will go there first before heading to any other home improvement store.  Everyone there is a great help and it’s where I got my seeds to get this garden party started.

Next up:  Prosperity Acres for our most exciting additions – specialty tomato plants (black cherry and pineapple).  After chatting with the farmer there, we learned there’s a Water Buffalo Farm near by in Stirling (Ontario Water Buffalo Co.) where we found buffalo mozzarella, gouda and summer sausage.  From there we were linked to all kinds of other local farmers.  Who needs social media when connecting in person can be so tasty!?

Anyway, all said and done we’ve got our tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, chives, arugula, spinach, beans, zucchini and my one little spaghetti squash (which I am most proud of growing).  I have NO idea of these will turn out, but it’ll fun learning what works and what doesn’t.  I’ve also got a planter on the porch with lavender and pineapple mint, so if everything turns out, then our summer should be a tasty one!

Next on the Spring Project List was refinishing my 30 year old bench randomly found outside an old antique store for $20 in Minto called Rooster’s Perch.  When I picked up this bench, it sat in the rain and snow until we moved.  She wasn’t pretty….

While I was getting her ready to be something new again, I noticed that “1983” was painted on the underside.  My birth year.  Now, don’t get all weird about it, like I did…. but I did keep the painted numbers visible as a reminder that this bench was meant to be mine 🙂

Again, thanks to Lowe’s in Belleville for cutting the wood needed to brace the bottom and several glasses of gin and tonics while I worked in the hot garage finishing this one.  I’m really happy with the outcome and she was a BIG help during my family portrait weekends.  All 10 families met her and she stood the test of bouncing kids, being carried through fields and riding in my car on the bumpy back roads.

Next up:  Wedding Season begins!  So the house projects may be on hold for a little while….



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