Garden day, Hurrah!!

The garden is mostly planted, but we need more dirt.

The garden is mostly planted, but we need more dirt.


The tomatoes all in a row.

The tomatoes all in a row.

Finally we were able to plant the garden. I have been putting off organizing the Day Class for Farmers Union as if it were the hardest thing in the world. Today, when I knew the rain was headed this way and we had to get the garden planted, today was the day I finally accomplished something, and guess what? It wasn’t so hard.

My big issue was calling the main office to have the post cards sent. I kept thinking that I had waited too long and that it was going to be a big deal and that I didn’t have enough planned. On and on and on. Marsha was so nice and so helpful, and later today when I called in, she already had them, in the mail. OMG how do you get things done so quickly???

Well, guess what? With that out of the way, we were able to concentrate on the garden. Victoria was back from Jamestown around 11 a.m. She and James left for Zeeland to the place where Biscuit was being kenneled. They picked her up and headed to the farm and my brother Adam. Thank goodness he is willing and has room to keep that dog. I am not sure if we would be able to handle both her and Audrey (large black lab) in this yard without fence and such. The very first thing they need at their new place is a kennel. No ifs ands or buts.

Paulina and I hung around in Linton long enough to pack up clothes and food and such. We waited for the clothes in the dryer and a few items on the line then we headed south. Come to think of it, we left about the time that Young and the Restless was over. We still needed to fill gas, but we were out of town just after noon.

The entire time here in Herreid was spent putting in garden. James took the mower off the little tractor and put on the tiller. As soon as he had the garden retiled, we were hard at it. The peas and cucumbers were planted along the fence so they can climb. I even put Jaxon to work pulling the old vines from last year out of the fence.

We did a little crop rotating this year, so the corn ended up on the east end of the garden near the fence. The tomatoes are parallel to the peas running east to west and the rest of the garden follows suit in this order, peppers, beans, red cabbage, beets, carrots, and radishes. We added a couple of segregated beds to put in lettuce and spinach and yellow squash. I also have some garlic and we will try to put in one or two pumpkin plants, but really not more than that. The big disappointment is that we don’t have any seed potatoes. It looks like a large garden plot, but every year, I feel like we haven’t any room to plant like we should.

I also have three packets of sunflower seeds. I must have really wanted them this year as I bought them three different times all from different brands, but the same type of sunflower. I am still not sure where those are going in, maybe beside the concrete as a barrier. I also have asparagus that needs a permanent home.

Add to my dilemma, the fact that I have about five types of flowers to plant and nowhere to put them….yikes, we may be digging up some of the grass. This year that would be an easy task as much of the grass in our area is suffering from a strange winter kill. If it wouldn’t be in such a strange area, I might think about converting the area to a flower spot. Maybe if I just dig out the majority of my irises and use that area…

On the other hand, I could do a whole lot more if I had a truck load of good top soil to spread around and fill in my flower beds. I could even raise them up a bit and really plant something. I think it is time to advertise.

Again I will leave you with some photos. The red coffee can has two hostas in that I planted for Victoria to take to her new place if she ever gets to move. I dug out one of my two hostas to transplant it. When I pulled it apart, I ended up with 10 different plants. I can’t imagine what will happen when I move the large hosta. I decided it was too far along right now to move it since I don’t have any good beds ready for it. Perhaps next spring. I had to move the other one this year because it is being crowded out where it was growing.

Hostas for Victoria.

Hostas for Victoria.

Jaxon sliding down the swing.

Jaxon sliding down the swing.


Jaxon with Victoria in his super man cape.

Jaxon with Victoria in his super man cape.

Anyway the two crazy photos are of Jaxon in his new pajamas. Victoria didn’t realize what a cape would mean to him. He was seriously disappointed that he wasn’t able to fly after he put them on. We had to watch him like a hawk because she was afraid that he would try to jump off the porch or something. Right now he is sound asleep. I guess that is what happens when you help Grandma and Grandpa in the garden and you throw hissy fits about not finding worms in every single hole. I finally had to tell him that the worms were going to cry because they needed their mothers in order to get him to put them back in the ground. It was a wild time. I was glad when the 6 p.m. whistle blew, and we were finished and could go eat supper.

Fern peony about to bloom.

Fern peony about to bloom.

Sorry this was so long, how you weren’t too bored!! Happy gardening and happy to report that my health is improving, nothing like a day in the sunshine!!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melissa
    Jun 01, 2013 @ 19:29:54

    Mandy would have loved the fern peony. There is quite a story about Cashman’s nursery and her fern peony.

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  2. Glenda
    May 30, 2013 @ 09:33:11

    The green in your yard looks so inviting!! It hasn’t been too hot here yet, but, you don’t see too much green in Arizona. No place like home!!

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