11 May 2008

The Good Earth

A couple of weeks ago, I told my husband that I really wanted to put a garden in this year. I put one in last year, and then shortly after I started getting plants, I promptly took off for three weeks to (almost heaven) West Virginia. When I got home, the weeds were bigger than the plants. We had quite a few fried green tomato feasts, zucchini and squash, and evidently our neighbor had his fair share of watermelon that I never even knew produced (ugh!) - but it was too much for me alone. Travis consented, so this is what we did together on Mother's Day -
We planted 3 rows of corn, 2 types of lettuce, broccoli, peas, beans, tomatoes here and squash and zucchini and cucumbers on mounds that are not in this picture. I also plan on planting some melons on some other mounds in the back yard. While I don't particularly like the weeds, or bugs, or the back-breaking labor of having a garden, or enduring the heat and sun, I would enjoy defraying some of my projected grocery bill for the summer. I also think there is a lot of value for Travis and I to work together, our hands in the dirt and participate in the process of nurturing life from the ground. There is an organic, back to the basics, Adam and Eve-ness to it all, 'cept we was wearing clothes - mainly for the sake of the neighbors.
This is a late start around here. There are people in our area that already have mature gardens that are producing, and we just put seeds in the ground. No matter - with the long growing season we should have plenty of yield. I am not sure that is the point of this garden anyway.

5 comments:

  1. Gardening is something I'm going to get into one day!lol I think it'd be really relaxing. But I can't think of one person in my family who has ever even started a garden! Guess I'll be the first!

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  2. That's one of the BEST gifts I've heard of. Gardening is stupidly hard work. Good job husband!

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  3. I've never used Google Reader so I'm gonna try it out with your blog first! I'm used to just adding pages to my favorites list! Guess I need to step into the times, huh?! lol

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  4. Glad you had fun even with your clothes on :)

    Mother Nature forgot what TN weather is like, we had 35+ MPH winds and it was in the 50's, a blustery day for sure.

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  5. Great looking garden! Glad you were able to work together on it, sounds like a good relationship building project. Glad about the clothes - you wouldn't have wanted to end the day at the police station now! ;o)

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