For many years, I kept a pretty large garden. Or maybe I should say, it kept me. It was a lot of work, but I didn’t mind. I mostly loved it. When we moved to our new house we thought we would bring our raised garden beds with us and try to recreate our garden here. We did bring one of the beds over, but then stopped. I couldn’t decide where to put them, and it felt strange to move them. They belonged where they were, and the folks in the process of buying our house seemed interested in gardening. So that was that. And I don’t have the time for such a huge garden right now, so I don’t mind that we left them behind. I get to see them every time I drive down the road. It’s fun to see what the new owners are doing, but also challenging not to seem too obvious that I’m looking (I’m so nosy!) and to stay in my lane.
This spring, I’ve been wanting to grow a little something at our new house. Mainly strawberries. Eyeing a stack of cedar logs that Jonny has had sitting for some time, I thought they might make some simple little garden beds. My sister recently did something similar at her house using logs, so I asked Jonny if he would build me a few beds with some of his cedar. I went ahead and bought a bundle of strawberry plants, and sent my boys over for a big load of soil from the spot where our goat barn used to sit (We are still trying to sell the parcel of land next to our old house, and that is where our goats used to live.) Jonny built me four little beds, each about half the size of our previous garden beds. Jonny doesn’t think much of them, (they’re not all the same size! they’re not fancy enough!) but I do. I love them. They are just right. I planted strawberries in three of them, and greens in the fourth. Nearby we planted a couple rows of blackberries, and one of raspberries. I’m very pleased with this. This week I will put some dahlia bulbs in the ground and maybe start some flower seeds. As far as a giant vegetable garden goes, Jonny says he’s going to plant one. I have my doubts, but we’ll see. I’d love for him to prove me wrong. I’m going to stick to my four little cedar beds and the flower beds around the house. That’s enough for me.
We’ve been slow to make changes to this house, a combination of lack of time and resources. But a couple of weeks ago some friends offered us a set of bunkbeds for Silas and Job. I was so excited to get their mattresses off the floor that I went out and bought some paint. Keats and Gabe painted the room (beach glass by Benjamin Moore,the same color of our living room at our old house.) It’s so wonderful having kids who can paint! Unfortunately, my choice of color was extremely upsetting to Job who disclosed through hysterical tears that he wanted it to be orange. I told him that I was very sorry, but orange just wasn’t an option. I made it up to him by letting him choose orange bedding (from Ikea). Silas is really obsessed with mushrooms right now, so I moved my little Twig&Moth mushroom prints to the wall in their room. He’s pleased with that, and with the little birch hooks we hung for holding scarves and other important things. Maybe we’ll get the girls’ room painted next. We bought the paint over a year ago. In fact, we bought it before we even moved into this house. I don’t know what happened….