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Garden Prep

April 9, 2013

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This weekend was the best sort of work and play.  The kind that leaves you falling into bed early in the evening with sore arms and legs because of the work and the play.  We planted seeds, the kids played for hours and hours in the backyard, the sheds got some organization, we sorted out the yard toys that are just too small or babyish now and went on a hike that left us all massively happy.  There was also learning to roller skate, learning to flip on the swing set rings, talk of goals to learn to ride a two-wheeler and swim alone in the local pool this summer, a camp out in their bedroom with the mattresses on the floor, lunch with a friend who I need to see more, an afternoon of time by myself working,  a meal of epic deliciousness from the grill (which may have been the perfect combo of the first grilled food of the season and all of being starving after a day full of sunshine.)  All in all, so much goodness.

I’m kind of behind on garden prep this year.  I keep saying I’ll get to stuff, but then it feels like a domino effect of things that need to happen before I can actually plant.  Dirt needed to be turned and fresh compost added to it to fill up the raised beds a bit more before I could plant seeds and I did’t want to turn it because it hadn’t had a chance to dry…so I kept waiting. I also need to cut my plastic borders from these large sheets we have in storage. We finally did all of that and put in seeds this weekend because I was worried it would be too late if it gets much warmer for peas and radishes and some of the greens.   I quit trying to start any seedling myself, so tomatoes and peppers and some herbs are just going to purchased already started from my favorite roadside stand and greenhouse from the woman with 14 children.  (I’m starting to feel much more brazen with the camera, so maybe I’ll ask her if I can take some more photos of their space this year.)  We also started some bamboo A-frames that are going to connect between the raised beds for beans and cucumbers to climb up.  The kids are dying to play under them.

Planted so far: peas, some carrots*, beets, kale, radishes, some head lettuce (I have a feeling I jumped the gun on that one and will need to try again), spinach, arugula and swiss chard.

*I say some because I’m trying to be better and planting some stuff in waves so that it’s not all ready at once. I should have also done it with some of those greens, but I didn’t. Oh, well.

We still have to erect those angel statues that are collecting dust and still to be planted this year:  Potatoes, onions, lima beans, green beans of some sort (these and romaine and a few flowers are the last seeds I still need to get,) romaine (or some sort of hardier) lettuce, flowers and cucumbers from seeds.

If you have a garden, what’s going in this year?  What are you most excited to plant??

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2013 9:26 am

    Gotta love garden prep. I get so excited when the babies start to pop up!

    • Lillian permalink*
      April 9, 2013 10:43 am

      Me, too!! I just saw the peonies peeking up through the ground and got so excited:)

  2. Jen M permalink
    April 9, 2013 11:57 am

    We don’t do a “garden” but plant pumpkins in a barren patch in our backyard. Last year we did white and regular ones…ended up with the vines taking over the whole right side and producing 17 pumpkins!!!! Still too early to get them in the ground, but we did some yard cleanup over the weekend….just in time for snow! today in Denver (kids are home from school!). Love your raised beds….maybe someday for me! Until then I love planters of flowers and tomatoes.

    • Lillian permalink*
      April 10, 2013 2:44 pm

      This is so fun!!! We tried pumpkins, but just don’t really have/make the space with all of the other stuff we’ve wanted to try. When we did, it was so crazy to watch them grow!

  3. April 9, 2013 5:27 pm

    We’re not sure if we’ll have a garden this year since it’s summer 2 of our house being for sale, but oh how we missed our garden last year. It’s hard to get in the mood with the ice storm today and the snow predicted for tomorrow. Bring on spring! 🙂

    • Lillian permalink*
      April 10, 2013 2:46 pm

      That would definitely be one too many things on the list if you’re trying to sell! I’ll send house-selling thoughts your way:)

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