Archives for June 10, 2013

And on to the garden

Your comments on this post meant so much to me.  I cried off and on all day reading them.  Annie’s “Tomorrow” played on Pandora, and I remembered that being my song when I was about six years old, and then I really cried ( I even begged my mom to try to give me Annie hair.  So she permed and cut my thin blonde hair–it never was like Annie’s, but we did our best.)   Jonny and I sat up late talking and remembering.  Thank you for sharing your stories.  As I read them, I cried just as much for all of you, as I did for me.  One of you said that I was a very brave little girl, and I had never really thought about that.  Yes, it’s true.  I did my share of hurting and of crying, but I really was brave.  It makes me smile to think that.  I was a brave little girl, and I fought back. Thank you for helping me to see that.

And now, because talking about all that personal stuff makes me a little bit squirmy, moving right along to flowers and pretty things.  On to the garden.  Am I the only one who puts seeds in wet paper towels to sprout and then forgets about them?

My gardening pace is very slow this year.  I think everything has gone into the ground later than usual, but I’m growing  a human right now and that’s hard work.  Jonny is doing all the really difficult parts; all I have to do is the actual planting.  The last plants to go in the ground will be my squash plants.  I will try to plant them today.

We are actually kind of excited about our strawberries in gutters.  They are doing well.  But the ultimate test will come next spring, when there are actual strawberries.

Oh, I guess the squash plants won’t be the last to get in the ground.  Jonny cleared this bed outside the garden and behind his office  for me so I would have a big bed to plant sweet potatoes in.  We need to break up the soil a bit and add some old manure and then I can plant them.  I grew my own slips using a few sweet potatoes from last year’s harvest.

I planted a ton of potatoes.  They are doing very well.  We don’t actually eat that many potatoes anymore…but I guess we will!

Corn is up! Time to plant beans. I put my pumpkin seedlings in the ground surrounding the corn (three sisters garden style) last night.

Volunteer borage

Sad looking garlic.  The kids went ahead and pulled it all last night.  I haven’t looked at it yet to see how big the bulbs are. I kind of slacked in the garlic department last fall, so I won’t have enough to last us through the year.

Quick honeybee detour, because we opened up our hives yesterday:

Our bees appear to be doing very well.  We’re really excited.  Jonny’s making big plans for next year, all hinging on these guys surviving the winter, so we’ll see.


We dragged an old mattress coil out of the woods to host cucumbers.

I almost prefer all the flowers to the food.

This was the garden view on May 19.  We’ve done a lot of work since then.  Well, Jonny has–clearing beds so I could plant.

And here’s the view yesterday, June 9.  There’s always work to be done, but we’re doing pretty well this year.

(I’m sorry that I am not hosting Saturday Garden Journal this year.  I’m just not able to be that consistent and committed right now.)