Sunday, March 25, 2012

Gardening - Week 1

A couple of years ago, I spent the day double-digging my very large vegetable garden, with only the taste of all those fresh veggies as motivation. Unfortunately, critters got to the table first, and my dreamed-of bounty turned into a small pittance - some lettuce, a few green beans, and a melon or two. I spent the entire summer running out to the garden and getting annoyed that my not-quite-ripe fruits and vegetables had teeth marks in them. It was very stressful.

At the end of the summer, I begged Ed to dump grass seed on the garden so that I would not be tempted to plant it again. Because when a hobby becomes stressful, it's not a good hobby. I lived happily throughout the winter, with nary a thought about Spring vegetables. But damn if those seed catalogs didn't hit my doorstep right after reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I resisted mightily, tossing them quickly into the recycling bin as they pounded on my door daily. And then I found myself at a garden center and walked out with several seed packets. It's my weakness.

Connor planted bush beans amidst the front landscaping, and we have an odd square that's about 4 feet x 4 feet in the front of our home that we've used to grow basil in the past that I double-dug and then planted with lettuce, kale, brussels sprouts, carrots, and a few herbs. So far, no sign of life. But I've been preparing myself already for the rabbits and birds to feast, and have vowed to not get annoyed.

I also have a new fig tree and blackberry bush.


Connor, doing the digging for the new fig tree, something I've dreamed about since moving into this house 2.5 years ago.


  1. I am with you there. I even thought about fencing my vegetable plot.
    Hope the first frost did not damage what you just planted

  2. I wish wish wish I had a green thumb. I think I could have an amazing vegetable garden in the backyard along the fence. I just don't even know where to start. Someday . . .