Thursday, April 16, 2009

I'll Take My Thursday with a Side of Nature

I'm having an "I am woman, hear me roar" sort of moment as I look upon my garden space. I am tooting my own horn because I have accomplished this- by myself! I dug up all the grass and tilled it with a pitch fork and shovel. I picked out all the weeds and added bags of garden soil. I went to Home Depot and bought 12 inch pavers to create pathways. I had to carry them one paver at a time with my scrawny muscles but it was all worth it- my garden is ready for planting.
Oh, there were many "I Love Lucy" moments along the way. Gardening, it turns out, is not for the faint of heart. It is not all Gerber daisies and radishes. I came across many "eeeoooh, gross, sick" types of creatures: worms, beetles, grubs and other types of larvae (barf). It has been an education well past googling- "how to grow cucumbers in NY". I have spent hours researching dirt, organic material, insects and pests. Each time I dig up something new, I run inside to google it. Today, I was digging and turning the soil when I thought I had dug up an eyeball! I chucked it across the grass before I realized that it was actually just a marble! I guess after you've been sorting through worms and other creatures, your mind quickly wanders to the dark side. Let me put it this way- I think a good pair of gardening gloves may be the most important tool in gardening. Anyhow- here are a few shots of the completed space- tomorrow I am starting the lettuce, snap peas and carrots. I was going to start those today but I need to watch the sunlight once more before committing. As you can tell, planting a garden is much more than just putting seeds into the ground.

Here is a shot from Friday, after I planted snap peas, lettuce, and carrots...
I constructed little teepees for the snap peas to climb. At this point, just need to cross my fingers, water, and hope for the best!


Hillary said...

Nice work, lady! It IS a lot harder than I would have thought, too. I planted my asparagus totally wrong the first time. I had to dig them up and do it again ... the instructions on the packet were very poorly written. Not my fault. ;-)

I'm going to start tomatoes, peppers and zucchini in upside-down grower bags in a few weeks. We're still getting frost, so I don't want to jump the gun.

Can't wait to see photos of your progress!!

Jamie said...

This sounds like some of my gardening and landscaping experiences too. I've dug up everything from rusty car parts to animal bones in my yard. Much of my yard is still encased in snow right now, but I'm going to get some of my plants started indoors this weekend. I can't wait to see you pictures when everything starts growing.

MBbbfish said...

Awesome job!! You go girl!! Love it. Maybe my kids would eat vegtables if they help to grow them?? Hmmmmm

jenny said...

Oh you should definitely plant a little garden for them- I'm going to do that next year for Gavin. He can have his own little carrots and snap peas. Maybe even a few sunflowers?