Saturday, May 24, 2008

Snow peas, gladiolus, a couple unknown plants and a weed.
We've been gardening a lot lately. This is the future home of more vegetables than we could possibly eat. I have high hopes for carrots, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and sunflowers in these three beds. And we've got more beds for lettuce, spinach, mesculin, peas, radishes, herbs. Not to mention the pumpkin/squash patch and five rows of corn. So when I say a lot, I mean all the time. The poor babies were feeling neglected inside the house while Ethan and I would go outside and plant/weed/till so today we plopped them on a blanket so they could atleast watch. Then they realized they had it pretty good inside because there's no freshly cut grass blowing up their noses there, or rocks falling on their heads (Ethan was throwing them up in the air to see if they would come back down and, well, his aim isn't too good yet).
You can't see it in the picture but this is rows and rows of brilliantly red home canned tomatoes lining the shelves of our basement and feeding us through the winter. You just gotta have vision. Actually this is only a fraction of the tomato plants we have; but based on how they look, I'll be lucky to get one tomato off each. The good looking ones in the front are store bought (thanks to my mil!) Hopefully in a few weeks they'll grow up and be ready to transplant.


At 3:19 PM, Blogger tam said...

Thanks for the gardening update! I have been itching to garden lately. I wish I had some dirt of my own to plant one in.

Some girls from my church are planting a huge garden these days, they sell produce at a farmers market all summer. They were telling me that they make the beds, then lay down plastic and put dirt over the edges to hold it down, and then transplant into little holes in the plastic. NO WEEDING REQUIRED! They get their dad to form the furrows and irrigation ditches before they lay down the plastic. Anyway, it seems like a great idea and would save so much labor. Have you researched that at all? I know you can use mulch of some sort, but a common problem is that seeds from the grass or whatever the mulch is made of still come up.

At 9:11 PM, Blogger worstedoptimist said...

Wow. That's a lot of vegetables! haha. We tried to do the gardening thing (you might've seen the picture of the garden plot on my blog)... but since Larry and Jen are going to put the house on the market, we're going to try and cover up what we've done. hehe.
Anyway, kudos for all the gardening! That's awesome. :D
Miss you and the kids! Hope to see ya soon. :D


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