Snow Day

And so we commence with the garden-blogging!

My poor dear sweet husband has already had all the garden-talking he's willing to take.

The important question ... REALLY, if I plant stuff will it grow? Do you think it will grow? What if it doesn't grow? What if I over-water it? What if the kids sneak out and eat all the vegetables before we're ready to take them to the Farmer's Market? (That was the point my husband stopped me and said "Do you realize you just worried that your kids might eat VEGETABLES!?!)

Yes, that SOUNDS benign, but I have real CONCERNS! I've gardened before, but the kids have never gardened, we've just not had the space or time. So, to get them involved, we're forming a small business (selling a few organic vegetables at the Farmer's Market). I even let them pick some cool ones from BakerCreek! Its entirely possible that I'll see small children sneaking to the garden to eat bizarrely-colored produce!

Mostly, we're going to plant things we can't get locally. Heirlooms. Exotics. Tomatos, melons, cucumbers, peppers, peas, carrots. IF stuff grows, the kids will also learn something about marketing. And sales. And I suspect I'll learn something about local markets.

I'm actually hoping to learn a lot more than that. I have a few ... experiments ... in mind for the garden. Doing things a "new" way and seeing what happens. But it alarms me that people around me invariably seem all doom-n-gloom. So I research a lot. I check out tons of books from the library. I read them through and then re-read bits and pieces. (The best-written seem to be the oldest. I'm especially fond of college texts from the 1950's and early 1960's. ) I go over and over it in my head.

So far, I think we must go with a variation on Ruth Stout. But instead of loose hay, I'm going with flaked square bales and manure for the first three years. I've even heard rumors you can plant a tomato plant straight into a hay-bale! (I'm going to try one of those just to see)

But. Its just a garden. If nothing grows, thats not the end of the world. But something will grow, right? RIGHT?

*sigh* I almost wish I drank ...


OK, if it can be killed, I can kill it. Seriously, black thumb.

However, one of my favorite childhood memories is of snitching peas from my babysitter's garden, then climbing a tree to eat them without being seen.

I was an adult when I figured out that she always planted "snitchable" veggies in that corner by the tree to trick us into eating them. Sneaky...

Leni | 01/28/2009 - 06:25 PM

This is the coolest thing I've read in a while. I was going to start a CSA about 10 years ago and got zero encouragement. I stayed with my corporate job instead. So I'm going to encourage you with all I have. I really can't see any downside for you. Just a word of caution about using hay and manure--you may end up with a lot of weeds from the mulch.

Earth Girl | 01/29/2009 - 12:43 AM

You know, every year around this time I start asking myself if I should grow a garden this year. And every year it never happens.

I mean, I'd like to! But green thumb? Of my houseplants, in recent months I've succeeded in killing off a begonia and two pots of ferns, I suspect by overwatering them.

Still. Heirlooms? Organic vegetables? Farmer's Market? Sounds interesting...

Paul Burgess | 01/30/2009 - 03:10 PM
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