Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Grow, grow, grow

Grow, grow, grow your garden
Gently all summer long
Merrily, merrily, merrily
Fresh veggies inspire my song!
 Lame, I know. But getting out in the garden, in between rainy, cool days has been inspiring. It’s giving me energy I didn’t know I had. And that, ladies, is a really good thing because lately I have felt like a slug. I sometimes look behind be to see if there is a slime trail.

I got one garden weeded and planted last week and what an accomplishment that felt like! We decided that the little garden behind the house, that was formerly the veggie garden until last year, would serve well as what we are terming the kitchen garden. I planted onions, leeks, shallots, garlic, herbs, strawberries and lettuce. Things I may want to harvest little by little as I need them. Oh, and, of course peas. Peas never make it into the house. We pick ‘em, shell ‘em and eat ‘em as a quick, fresh snack.
I am not so sure the strawberries were the best idea. We will have to wait and see if the chipmunks discover this fruit. Growing up we had strawberries out back and those cute little rodents always seemed to find the ripe berries just moments before we did.  

We also started prepping the big vegetable garden for planting in about a month. A lot of weeds have started growing back so we used the garden a dumping ground for sticks and branches that came down off the trees this winter. Himself also tossed is the ornamental grasses he cut back while I was out of town. I got to do one of my favorite springtime chores – burn, baby, burn. I don’t know why I like to do that. It’s hot, stinky and dirty. But, later on, in that former path a of destruction, will be fertile ground that will yield a great bounty.

We learned many lessons from last year’s newly expanded garden. Preparation, weeding, and good watering are essential. More isn’t always better. There’s always enough to share. Save something for a rainy day. Not everything will do well.

Hmm?? Those sound like lessons for life!



  1. I love your gardening post! I would love to have a garden but we live in an apartment and we don't get very much sun on our little outdoor deck. You should post pictures as you start harvesting.

  2. Those are lessons for life! The Man planted tomatoes and cucumbers for the first time ever this year :).

    I kindly explained to him that we would live out the story of "The Little Red Hen" and he would do all the work, but the ending would be different because he would share the veggies with me :).

    I figure if I humor and go look at the plants once a week so he can show me how much they've grown, he'll let me eat fresh garden veggies :).