Thursday, May 5, 2011

In My Garden

I have been back and forth and back and forth on this whole gardening thing. For the first thing, it's a lot of work. My yard is a DISASTER! It's obvious there's been a garden back there at some point, but I think it's been years.

On the other hand, ya'll, I freaking LOVE GARDENING! LIKE a lot.

So, today, the weather, oh it was beautiful, and the babies woke up happy from their naps, and I discovered you can buy hand tillers, to turn the ground over.

An $80 trip to Lowe's and some serious sweat and work from me AND my three handy helpers and this is where we are at tonight:

From May 2011

Three strawberry plants and two tomato plants in very cracked, dry soil that we turned to  mud with some organic plant food mixed in. 

The plot is TINY. I have plans to fill it with carrots and maybe beans. Then I want to turn over another little spot in a different spot of the yard for peas and peppers. 

Oh how I love it! We were muddy, and dirty and sweaty and we went to Mickey D's for dinner to celebrate our triumph. I did have to clarify that we are NOT going to McDonald's every single time we work in the garden. This was a ONE TIME DEAL. 

They were cool with that. :) 

I love gardening. I love the soil and the toil. I love literally reaping the benefits of sweet tomatoes and crisp sugar peas. I love it all. It's hard work, and often it's hot, but it's so worth it. Besides what a great teaching and learning opportunity it is! Today we talked about bugs and worms and how some are good for gardens and some are bad.  It was a blast. 

Last summer, great with child, many MANY mornings, Spencer and I would slip out to the garden before anyone else was up and gather the things that had ripened in the sun the day before. It was so special, and I cherished that time. In the early evenings Henry and I would water everything and Oliver would "help." Derek would wash produce within an inch of it's life to assure quality and that it was bug free. It was perfect. 

 This summer, I'm hoping that something grows and even more memories in my garden with my boys.

P.S. Ezra is five months old today. 5 months on 5-5. Cool. :)  


Katy B. said...

The 5~5 thing is cool! It doesn't matter if your garden is five inches wide or five acres wide.....just the fact that you are "mulitiplying and replenishing" the earth is amazing. That is what motherhood is all about to me....happy early mothers day bloggy friend. :):)

BEK said...

Sounds like you are nurturing love and growing men with your gardening! You will do awesome!

heather said...

I miss having a garden! This is a perfect summer post. I hope post more pictures of the progress!

Brian and Kelsey said...

Good for you. I don't garden I have a tendency to kill things. I once killed a cactus which is supposed to be almost impossible. Your boys are lucky to have you.

Erin said...

I'm with Kelsey on the whole gardening situation. I love the ideaof gardening, yet in actual practice it is a very bad plan for me. Isaac, on the other hand, can make rocks sponaneously flower. :-) He will be in charge of any and all plants if we ever get the chance to have a yard!

ecoMILF said...

The garden looks lovely. Every bit of dirt helps and every year that you try to grow you get better at it! xo m.

Giggles said...

I really want to get a garden going for us. I love the work and the rewards.

The Andersens said...

Thanks Friend. It's hard to believe that 2 short yrs ago we were chillin at the park with the broken glass and hood rats ;) I love you right back and I LOVE keeping track of your world. The boys are growing fast. I'm waiting for a little estrogen to come your way. Ps gardens are the greatest... Just like you. Send my love to the fam. Miss you all.

Morgan -Ing said...

Katy- Thanks! Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Bek- We're trying anyway. :)

Heather- I always miss it when we don't have a yard. I love it!

Kels- Yeah, it's definitely something I've had to work on.

Erin- Ditto. :)

Eco- Thanks so much! You're right.

Giggles- Getting started is the HARDEST part!

Lenaya- Congratulations again!


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