Friday, May 24, 2013

The Garden

I have been working hard on the garden for this year.  
blueberry blossoms

Last year, I got swept up in lots of knitting adventures and did not put as much time into the garden, and the whole family seemed to miss it.  We did have some goodies growing, but not like previous years.  I think that also spurred BFJ to help more; he kept telling me how he couldn't believe how many weeds there were, and why hadn't I gotten them out?  Aha!  So now he knows I actually do something out there all day.  This year, we both have spent a lot of time in the garden.  It also helped (?) that we had a late winter and it was not really weather for planting until after Stitches South.  

On the other hand, some things that usually come up early are having a hard time fighting the sudden heat.  Every year is interesting!

If you wonder what we're doing, here is a little more detail.  For one thing, I planted garlic last spring.  I thought I would get a small crop but as it turned out, I waited too long to harvest them.  My father-in-law encouraged me to leave them alone and see how they turn out; he was right, they were up early and they're going strong! We also dug a new compost spot, and moved all the new-ish stuff so that we could get to the great black soil underneath.  That filled up about half of one of our new raised beds.  And then we built three raised beds!  That was both easier and harder than we'd expected, and I wish we'd tried it a year or two sooner.  I also wish they were closer together; it seems like we might have some wasted space.

Anyway, we are making progress.  I am working on a little project to take a picture of our vegetable garden every day (although I've missed some) from the same spot, so that we can appreciate how much things change and grow in just a few short months, sometimes weeks or days.  We'll see how that goes.

I forgot to knit today!


Judy said...

I forgot to knit today too. I don't really have anything else to show for it but weeds! I look forward to the garden updates.

Candace said...

Hee - I see every reason to forget knitting today, Karen! Your garden is splendid! Nice job building it and I don't think you have any wasted space! Do you have deer - hence the chicken wire? I can't wait to see progressive pictures of it! Your blueberries look gorgeous, too!