Saturday, May 17, 2014

really gardening

I haven't planted a vegetable garden since we moved here in 2003.  Raise your hand if you can even believe that.  (Hint:  my hands are not raised.)  I'm just going to pause here for a second to let it sink in that I haven't had a vegetable garden for ten years.  How has that happened?  I cannot explain it.

Last weekend, Jack took my big ole monster tiller to the drummer's house and they tilled up a garden space and moved the dirt into raised beds that were just like my past veggie gardens.

This morning, the drummer called and asked if I wanted to come over and help him plant his veggies.  He didn't have to ask twice.  He told me the invitation to help plant was my mother's day gift.  I fell for it.

We planted cukes and squashes and beans and peas and tomatoes and peppers and even broccoli and yes, red potatoes.  It felt so, so, so good. 

I tried to get the drummer and his wife to pose with their farm implements.  He was too busy moving dirt.

He finally looked at me, at the same time that Whitney was turning on the hose in preparation for a water fight...


The water fight was narrowly avoided by both agreeing to let go at the same time...

The drummer was not sure this little patch will produce, but I told him to get rid of that negativity and get ready to be amazed by what these little plants will do.  Just wait for the happiness when he digs up a bunch of fresh potatoes.  And how cool is it that the nursery he bought these from sells peppers in four packs that contain one green, one red, one yellow, and one purple.  And seriously, my mouth waters just thinking about the homegrown tomatoes he'll see in a few months. 

Is this an adorable garden or what?  I cannot wait to see the results.


Stu said...

I think you are a liar. We planted squash (or something) up against the Eastern wall. I don't really remember harvesting anything though.

gilian said...

Okay, wait--liar seems like a pretty strong term. Maybe forgetter. I think we all know I'm a forgetter. But now that you remind me, I do remember planting something that might have been edible if it had produced anything, between some of the shrubs by the east wall.

Perhaps I should have said I haven't planted a 'dedicated' vegetable garden since we moved here, or a space dedicated solely to vegetables.

Stu said...


It's been a few years since I've done any gardening either. I don't have much room to talk.

Johanna said...

Happy Harvest!

Jessie said...

Among the things I miss the most about our old house is the garden. Someday I'll have another good space for that.