As documented earlier, the raised be we created at the beginning of the growing season was overrun with squash. It was great because only the peas did all that well, so we gorged on peas and then pulled them out. The carrots and beets made a decent showing, but the lettuce and tomatoes just didn’t do all that well. Two volunteer tomato plants also grew up, but the squash plants were so aggressive that I had to keep pulling some out. We finally pulled them all out and ended up with five squash to eat. We left the volunteer tomatoes which are now loaded with green fruit. This all made space to plant my daughter’s corn and watermelon seedlings that she brought home from her garden and art camp. I have no idea if they will grow, but it is a nice change from battling the prickly, itchy monster squash plants every few days.
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The raised bed continues to produce. So far, it has been prolific with the peas, and the volunteer squash has required thinning as it blossoms like mad. The row of beets and carrots should now be ready for harvesting, so we pulled a few on Saturday. Such great colors. My daughter loved grasping the stems and lifting food from the soil. The carrots are eaten, and the beets have joined those from the farm share in the fridge.
Not feeling blue at all, actually. The garden looks great, the yard looks great, and it was fun hanging out there on Monday afternoon with the kids. Admittedly, changing the tire of my car twice and cleaning up after a shredded diaper were no treat, but sitting on the back porch blowing bubbles, investigating how ripe the blueberries have gotten, and planting my daughter’s bean sprouts from school in the midst of a rampant growth of squash, peas, carrots, and beets made for a good day.
We left for the weekend, and the garden was doing fine. We came back, and it seemed to be a jungle. The peas sported delicate white flowers, the volunteer squash are threatening to take over the world, and the beets have really leafed out. Even the carrots seem to be standing taller. One batch of lettuce is peeking out from behind some squash leaves. The only major casualty thus far has been the sunflowers that turned into someone’s snack and the one blueberry bush that just gave up. With five others going strong, I think that is fine. Yay for much greenness in our garden.
Thursday was great. The day started with my son getting up early and me taking him downstairs where grandma took over. I went back to bed. What a luxury! After finally getting up and running around 8:00, I called around and found that the local nursery had a reasonable price on blueberry bushes. I got the garden cart out, and my kids and I pushed it to the garden center while my mom took pictures and accompanied us. We bought some blueberry bushes and supplies. After getting home, eating lunch, and taking naps, my daughter and I worked on planting the blueberry bushes. My son and mom joined us when they woke up, and we all planted some wildflower and sunflower seeds. It was a glorious day outside.
Having completed the raised bed, we now have space in both composters to get the system moving again. I have a rotating drum composter that has two compartments. Into this one, I toss our vegetable food scraps. When one side gets full, I close it off and start filling the other while the first finishes composting. The result of this is then dumped into a more traditional top-in, bottom-out style composter which also gets some yard clippings and waste. For brown material, I get sawdust from a local artists’ hackerspace, and for nitrogen, I go to Starbucks with a bucket every once in a while. I pick up the bucket later in the day and dump the coffee grounds in the drum composter. It gets cooking after that. Last week, I took my son in the stroller to pick up the grounds, and then we walked back together as the bucket rode in style in the stroller. I did get a few odd looks as I walked down the sidewalk with a very aromatic stroller and walking toddler.
We were late on the gardening wagon this year, but just days after we put seeds in starter pots, they have sprung from the earth. Sproing! The sprouts are still tiny, but they are irrefutably there, and the immediacy of the sprouting just amps up the excitement for the whole season of gardening. My daughter’s (and my) excitement echoes the energy of these seedlings.