Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Let It Grow

I have been busy getting the teaching garden up and growing in the back forty. The kids are tolerating it with unprecedented aplomb - something about the mix of digging, dirt, snails, and orderly square-foot gardening inspires them. That, and many, many popsicles. If you walk through our yard, you'll encounter a path that invites you through into the meadow. A buddy rototilled a patch of our 8 acre meadow for a garden. I've managed to put in six 4' raised beds planted in the square foot companion gardening tradition featuring a mix of already started plants and seeds mostly donated by our beloved Noona.We'll have beans, peas, pumpkins, basil, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, carrots, and salad greens. Or not. They are coming, but with tons of rain, little sun and dogs who run through regularly [I totally haven't gotten up the fence yet] we'll be happy with whatever green things choose to take root. And what a sense of accomplishment! My son is learning to touch baby green tomatoes with ONE FINGER and how to plant seeds. My daughter, the lover of all things orderly, is quite keen to weed all living things out of the beds - I have to monitor her closely or she'll kill all our veggies along with the opportunistic weeds. That's her below saying "WEED!!!"

Behold the glory. Purple garden fairy is a lovely extra, eh?

The kitchen potager in the immediate yard is also coming nicely, filled with herbs, flowers and overflow veggies.

1 comment:

Deborah said...

I just have to say I keep coming back to that first picture and wondering why I'm raising my child in the suburbs of Los Angeles.... as one who has spent the majority of her 47 years living in the San Fernando Valley, I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to live on 10 acres of my own land. Love your descriptions of what it's like and how you entertain the kids. Thank you for giving me something to dream about.

And BTW, while I myself never wanted three kids (but spent $$$$ and countless tears trying to have a second, to no avail) I say to he!! with what anyone else thinks. If that's what is right for you and your family, that's all that counts. I hope the next try is the one that works.