Thursday, April 24, 2008


The south side of our house is perfect for a small garden. It used to be a less-than-stellar spot, because we had four huge maples that shaded the entire area. However, since tornado-like winds took out most of the trees, and since Rick and Daniel took out another one the other day, there is plenty of sunshine in a very sheltered spot.

So, Rick tilled up an area about 40 feet long and about 12 feet wide. He added good, broken-down manure and soil, then tilled that in.

Today the children and some of the grandchildren helped me mark out the beds and the pathways. Presently we pass to some other object which rounds itself into a whole as did the first; for example, a well-laid garden; and nothing seems worth doing but the laying-out of gardens. Ralph Waldo Emerson

We got onions (white and multipliers) into the ground, but I am not planting anything else until we get a fence up, to keep ducks and geese and dogs and various other animals, including two-footed ones, out of the garden! Thankfully, we have plenty of posts and enough fencing to get the job done. Planting shouldn't take place before the third week in May in our area, anyway. I can plant onions, and I will put in some Romaine lettuce and a few peas, because they don't mind the cold.

There is something about gardening that warms the heart. It's amazing to see that the dirty soil has enough nutrients in it to transform lifeless seeds into beautiful plants, bearing fruit. There's nothing like seeing the flowers transform into beautiful tomatoes, or gigantic zucchinis, or perfect peas!

Poetry and Gardens go together...

Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof.

A GARDEN is a lovesome thing, God wot!
Rose plot,
Fringed pool,
Fern'd grot—
The veriest school
Of peace; and yet the fool
Contends that God is not—
Not God! in gardens! when the eve is cool?
Nay, but I have a sign;
'Tis very sure God walks in mine.

Dorothy Frances Gurney
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

It doesn't matter a whit that some of my vegetable gardens in past years have been overrun by weeds or consumed by creatures. It's spring, and here we go again!

Vita Sackville-West: The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before.

Meanwhile, I hope you are all planting seeds, and remembering how nice it is to play in the mud.


Mud is very nice to feel
All squishy-squash between the toes!
I’d rather wade in wiggly mud
Than smell a yellow rose.

Nobody else but the rose bush knows
How nice mud feels
Between the toes

By Polly Chase Boyden


Debbie Yuck said...

I suppose I should comment on gardening, after all, that's what today's post is about - but my purpose right now is to see if I've "fixed" things so I can actually post to your blog.

But just so I don't break any rules by not posting something which relates to the topic at hand, I'll do just that.



I am not putting a garden in this year. I don't like gardening. There, I said it! Gardening is just entirely too much work. People who say they actually like puttering in the garden, playing in the soil...well, frankly, I just don't believe them. I mean, c'mon... what's so special about digging in dirt????

'Course, this probably won't even go through, so my silly rambling won't matter. And my confession about not liking gardening will still be my little secret. Then again, if it does go through, the whole world - well, not the WHOLE world - but some people in the world, will know. And those people might start adding up the facts...facts like my not liking herbal tea - comparing any I've ever tasted to warm dishwater - not that I've ever actually drunk warm dishwater, but you get my drift, and the fact that I don't like herbal tea must surely mean I'm not a homeschooler after all. Because as everyone knows, TRUE homeschoolers like herbal teas AND gardening.

Just so you're convinced I am a homeschooler, I'll just mention right now that I do own a jean dress!

Would you like to know something else? If I had a blog - I'd make a rule about people leaving long, rambling, meaningless nonsense in my comments section.

Yep, that's what I'd do!

Debbie Yuck said...

Ha Ha!!! It went through!

Janet, did you hear me???? It went through!!! Yippee!

Oh Oh! I guess that means my little secret is out!

Oh well...

Now, let me ask you this. Am I correct in assuming you'd enjoy drinking herbal tea in your garden?

Tee Hee...

Janet said...

Caught ya!! It worked! And now the whole world knows your secret.

It's funny that I like gardening, Debbie, because I am not that good at it. I drive by the Mennonite farms and see their pristine gardens, and I cringe. Mine has weeds, and plenty of them. But I still get veggies, grown from our very own plot of land, and that's really something!

It's also a lot of fun to waltz out to the garden and pick your lunch. I especially like tomatoes, fresh from the vine.

So, you stick to your garden-avoiding and tea-abhorring, and I will just keep on liking them.

And I'll keep on liking you, too.

Love ya.

Janet aka The Gardener and Sipper of Herbal Tea, especially Organic Honey and Ginger - YUM!

Debbie Yuck said...

Ok, OK...Truth be told, I DO enjoy the fresh produce right from one's own garden. It's the weeding I don't like. And Janet, you know I'm somewhat neurotic, so I can't stand weeds in my garden - and that's the real reason I don't like gardening! Also, when I first married Paul, I thought I had to do EVERYTHING like his mother, so I had a HUGE garden for years. Planting, weeding, canning, freezing, pickling, all summer long. As much as I loved seeing the end result - a cellar and freezer full of good food - I found the workload took away much of my "summer joy".

Last summer we had a good sized garden, but we also had Asher here and he did most of the weeding! We won't have him this summer, so...

Did I tell you about our little tomato fiasco last year?

I'd planned on putting in 12 tomato plants, but when I went to the garden center to pick them up I was in an awful hurry so I asked the young lady working there to grab them for me. I hastily paid, picked up the tray and drove home - leaving them by the shed for Caleb to plant while I went away to my sister's for the weekend to attend my sister's 25th wedding anniversary.

Lo and behold, when I got home I noticed something wasn't quite right! I went out and counted the tomato plants only to discover there were actually 48! Do you know how many tomatoes you get from 48 plants???? A lot, let me tell you. One of our small freezers is still chock full of tomatoes, despite us using them all winter!

Although I don't plan on having a full garden this year, I am going to plant a few tomato plants, as in about 3. There really is nothing quite as tasty as a nice toasted tomato sandwich with tomatoes straight from the garden.

And you know what? I drink TEA with my toasted tomato sandwiches. Not herbal tea, mind you, just regular orange pekoe. There's nothing quite like a toasted tomato sandwich and cup of hot tea. Mmmmmmm!

Your pictures look just great. I pray the Lord blesses you with a bountiful harvest.


Janet said...

LOL...I DO remember the tomato fiasco! But look where it got you: a freezer full of tomatoes that can be used in soups and stews and spaghetti sauce!

I am glad you are least putting in three tomato plants. They are the BEST!