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And So It Begins…

Friday night, Jack spent the night at my in-laws, and Troy and I went out to a simple dinner, and then to the movies.  I gave Troy three options (two action movies, cause I’m a dude, and a comedy) and he picked Djano Unchained.

Good lord, I don’t mind violent movies, but this one made me hide my eyes a few times.  However, it was also a great story, and we both enjoyed it.

ANYWAY, Saturday morning, I was awake with the sun (f you, internal alarm clock), and went outside to get my garden on while Troy remained asleep (until cough10:15cough).  I continued to work on removing the root ball from some of the bushes that I cut down last week to clear the way for more blueberry bushes.  That mo’fo is going to take forever.  I’m tempted to tie a rope to Jack, feed him some straight sugar, and tie the other end of the rope around the bushes, and yell “run”.

After hacking away at the root ball for awhile, I got distracted by something shiny and went off to work on other easier more pertinent gardening projects.  I trimmed up some bushes, I cut back the lavender plants and pulled a few weeds.  I mowed the lawn and transplanted the mini-drawf apple tree that I planted last year.  It needed to move because it is on the side of the house that will be going through some changes this year.  Stay tuned for more…

When pulling weeds, I compared this February to last year, and am now a convert to putting down thick layers of straw for mulch.  I still have weeds, but they’re easy to pull, and don’t create a weed carpet.  Additionally, thanks to their cozy winter blanket, my garlic is now twice the size that they were at this time last year.

I also placed our seed order from Territorial Seeds for the year.  I am splitting most of the seeds with a friend from high school, which will help defray the cost.  I still have many tomato seeds from last year.

Here is what is one my list for this year (I’m also using almost all of the tomatoes from last year):

Nero Di Toscana Kale
Guardsman green onions
Copra Storage Onion
Cascadia Snap Pea
Sugar Sprint Snap Pea
Super Sugar Snap
Dakota Shelling Pea
Rio Grande Potatoes
Gill’s All-Purpose tomatoes
Ranger Tomatoes
Borage (flowers for bees)
Profumo Basil
Santo Coriander (Cilantro)
Fernleaf dill
Spearmint
Dial Seed Sower
Double Yield Cucumber
Homemade Pickles Cucumber
Yaya Carrots

The seed sower thing seems well worth the $8 I’m paying for it.  You should watch me planting carrot, spinach, and lettuce seeds.  It goes from “one here, and one there” to “oh fuck it, I’m just going to broadcast them” in about 45 seconds.

Patience is a virtue that I have not yet learned.  I’ll scream at a microwave to hurry up.  Ahem.

I’m excited for the order to get here, and I’m cautiously excited to get back to growing.  Part of me thinks that I haven’t been in the garden in years, and another part of me thinks “again?  Already?  Oy”.

Very soon the floor of my dining room will once again resemble a half-ass grow operation.

What are you growing this year?  Are you excited,  overwhelmed, or just whelmed”?

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27 comments on “And So It Begins…”

  1. Love starting my day here on your blog. Always leave with a smile or laughing. I am a firm believer of straw in my gardens. I hate pulling weeds and thank goodness with all the straw I get when mucking the goat stalls I also have plenty of fertilizer for the garden too.

    • You’re so sweet Peggy, thank you!

      This past year was my first with straw, and I’ll never go back. I did get some errant grass seeds sprouting, but they’re so easy to pull and identify.

      I’m jealous of your goat poop (there is a sentence you don’t hear too often). I’m planning to mix our chicken crap with straw and let it compost a bit.

  2. I’m going to plant raspberries this year!! Then there will also be the usual suspects–tomatoes, peppers (both sweet and hot), summer squash, zucchini, and maybe cucumbers.

  3. My spinach, garlic and lettuces are doing really well. The peas have sprouted. The flower seeds I planted for the bees have begun to sprout as well. I had to laugh at the picture of your seed starters on the floor by the window – I’ve had that going on for the past few weeks! Fortunately, the animals haven’t bothered them (tomatoes, peppers, melons). But now they (the seedlings, not the animals) are living in the greenhouse I made. Yes, that I MADE. From PVC pipe and plastic sheeting. It rocks!!! Can you tell I’m excited about gardening?

  4. WOWZA! That was a lot to ingest. I thought I was doing ok until I read your post. I really enjoy reading your blog, but sometimes I feel a tad bit overwhelmed. The only thing that I have done so far is built my raised beds. I guess that is better than nothing. My main goal is to get into canning this year. My biggest issue is that when it comes time to can my busy season with work begins. I work in the wine industry and I end up working 7 days a week from late August until mid November. My other issue with my soon to be garden is that I have free range chickens and I’m not sure how that is going to work out. Any Advice/suggestions would be great.

    • This is making me giggle, because all I’ve done is order the seeds. Our beds are set (remember, this is my third year the in garden) and for the most part, the infrastructure has been built. Now I’m just putting stuff in them, and taking them out later!

      We don’t have chickens yet, so I don’t have much to offer in way of advice!

  5. I LOVE your blog! I have nearly spit coffee through my nose and onto my computer screen a few times – a very unpleasant feeling, by the way. I am SO excited to start gardening this year! I live in Tennessee, and I’m hoping to get one raised bed moved and put in two others this weekend. I’m planting a crapload of tomatoes (32 plants), double-duty cucumbers (good for pickling and slicing), carrots, pole beans, lettuces, spinach, maybe some sugar peas, zucchini, peppers – jalapenos, banana peppers, green and red – and a bunch of herbs – cilantro, parsley, thyme, oregano, tons of basil for pesto, mint and rosemary. I would LOVE to do onions and potatoes at some point, but I’m really a novice gardener, and I may already be biting off more than I can chew, so to speak. I ordered my seeds from Territorial, and I’ll be picking up a few more from our local garden center.

    • Melody, I’m glad and sorry about the coffee!

      32 tomatoes? Amazing!!! I thought 14 last year was a lot. I would not have the time to do enough with 32 plants and I would weep for the loss.

      I’ve never done onions before either, so try it out with me. We can hold each other’s hands! I’ve been gardening for about 5 years, and last year was the first that I tried potatoes. They’re pretty darn easy for my climate.

  6. First off, snakes don’t love berries, but mice do and snakes love mice.

    I confess I cursed you a bit when I read your post. We have 4 feet of snow. Not exaggerating. I’d kind of like a few weeds just to feel a bit of hope.

    I think you are awesome!
    csp

    • We don’t have a pest problem thanks to the wild peacocks that live in our neighborhood. Plus, snakes around here mean little gardener snakes.

      I adore snow, and we didn’t get any this year. Can I take a bit of snow from you, and in return you can weed for me? HA! Heck of a bargain, right?

  7. I want to have a garden but I have never gardened before and I am very overwhelmed by the whole process. I did plant some cilantro and basil in a tiny plastic greenhouse yesterday so that’s something. Hehehe. I just wish my yard got better sun, instead it has no grass and multiple pod producing trees and 5 feet deep of bamboo. Who planned that I would like to know.

    • This is my 5th or 6th year of gardening, and I started out like you. It’s great to plant a few things that you’ll use and love. It helps you figure things out, and know what you can accomplish. Then it builds and builds until you’re where you want to be!

      Ugh, bamboo.

  8. Hoping to do tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, banana peppers, okra, and Id love to do carrots, potatoes, a few corn stalks, garlic, cukes and a few other things. Oh and cabbage, greens and lettuce. We will see how this goes lol Loe the blog btw

    • Here is a tip that I learned the hard way. Just having a few stalks of corn may not be so effective as corn is wind pollinated. Try to cluster them as closely together as possible (while still giving the roots room to grow of course)!

  9. We are renters so planning 2 gardens. First at our, place I am going to do some container stuff- strawberries, peppers- and I might try a pallet garden. Then at my parents house (they have a large property) I will share a garden with the usual suspects- tomatoes, cukes, bush beans + more. then going to try my hand at adding eggplant and pumpkins. can’t wait to get started and keeping my fingers crossed for great results!

  10. Sarah,

    I’m really enjoying your blog. You make me laugh most of the time. I think you are “very wise” for your age!
    I feel the need to tell you that snakes LOVE berries of any kind! My husband planted several berry bushes in a bed, a little distance from the house. We ALWAYS have snakes in them!! (I REALLY HATE SNAKES!!!!) If I had known, I think I would have wanted the bushes planted even further from the house.
    Just wanted you to know! Keep up your good work on this blog!!

    • Well thank you very much!

      My part of Washington doesn’t have any big snakes. Just little ones. We already have 6 blueberry bushes, and I’ve yet to lose a single berry to birds, rodents, or other. Our secret weapon is two wild peacocks that live in our neighborhood!