garden

sprung

“The grass had greened one morning when I blinked; I missed it again.” -Annie Dillard

It seems like just yesterday we were trapped under mountains of snow. Next thing you know, the birds are chirping, I’m planting seeds in the garden and the forsythia is blossoming. Spring is a corner that you never know you’ve made it around until the curve is behind you.

so much for plans

This post was going to be about how awesome the new front flower beds look. But about halfway through digging out the old flowers and small, young forest that has sprouted there, I had to take a break, planning on finishing up after Bridget’s nap. And then it rained. And rained some more. And it’s still raining today. I hope it stops at some point.

garden status

Our garden is already doing much better this year than last year. There was way too much shade in the backyard for anything to grow very fast. Out in front, there is at least sun until about 1. Radishes, carrots, lettuce and beans have all sprouted and as Bridget would say, our broccoli has broccoli.

With all the rain we’ve had (and my little box seems to drain out quite well) I haven’t even had to worry about watering anything. It’s great. I can’t wait for our first "harvest."

 Plus, this week is our first CSA delivery. I’m excited.(Christ, I’m a dork!)

 

OMG

  • Just look at her:

    She will be two at the end of the month, and she is DEFINITELY not a baby anymore. She likes:

    • necklaces
    • teaparties
    • dresses
    • Charlie and Lola
    • and various other girly type stuff

    I am planning a very girlish, Lola themed party.

  • We also got the house cleaned today. Holy crap. It feels so decadent. And we’ll continue getting it cleaned every two weeks. Already I feel like it was a totally fabulous decision. I feel compelled to keep it clean now, too. Bonus: it smells like lemons in here.
  • My garden is not doing as well as it could. Not enough sun. But nothing is totally dead, so that’s more than some people expected. It’s just taking its time.
  • baby steps

    I planted a small (4′ x 4′) garden on Friday afternoon. Right now I’ve got some lettuce, arugula, parsley, broccoli plants and radishes, carrots, peas and scallion seeds. In the summer I’ll be adding tomatoes, a pepper, bush beans and basil. Rotating back to cool weather plants in the fall. We’ll see how it goes. It’s small in scale for sure. Brendan was worried I was going to become one of those "Tomato People" who bring in bagfuls to work in August because they got overzealous. I’m only planning on one cherry tomato plant and one regular plant. That should be close to perfect.

    We always had a garden when I was a kid: tomatoes, corn, zucchini, cucumber and beans usually. I did not like having to pick up rocks before dad tilled, or weed in the summer (and since Brendan made me an awesome raised bed — rocks were not a problem and hopefully weeds won’t be much of an issue either). But I did love eating raw vegetables while standing in the garden. I am hoping some of that will rub off on Bridget, because right now she does not have a good relationship with vegetables at all.

    better now

    We got a few things done around here this weekend, and I feel much better. The nursery still needs a coat of paint, but the yard work and garage cleaning are pretty much done. Yay! Hopefully I’ll be able to park my car in the garage soon*. Of course, Brendan did most of the work, but I did help out a little. Plus I did my own little things — finally hanging the kitchen curtains and clipping back the hydrangeas. Now all that’s left is to sit out on the front porch and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

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    *We have an electric range that we need to sell/donate if anyone’s interested….

    quick

    Spring is moving in fast.

    Both the lilac

    and the snowball are starting to bloom. It amazes me every year that they are still alive. I am not the best with plants.

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