And by things, I mean my boxes. The boxes fell apart and they had also gotten overgrown with bermuda grass. So, I didn’t plant a garden this past fall/winter season because I wasn’t quite sure how to proceed. And since I didn’t know how to proceed, I didn’t have much to write about since my blog is about my adventures in the garden, hence my long hiatus from my blog. I wasn’t sure whether I could or should get Miss N. to build more boxes, because after all, this happened…
… or whether it was time to enlist professional help and have boxes built for us. Or, should I get those pre-built raised bed kits. Should I redo all of the boxes in the same areas, or should I change the garden around. I knew that I didn’t want to expand the garden, but did I want to have fewer boxes? These and many other questions ran around in my mind for the better part of the winter season.
The only thing that was clear is that I wanted my garden and not having it sucks! Big time. And spring was coming so I had to get moving. I consulted my friends at Farmyard about building garden boxes, it was going to be a little pricey for me, but these boxes would last a long time and I’d be happy. And I was ready to do it, really ready to get back to hoeing it up, but my car decided to have a little problem, a transmission problem, a total rebuild transmission problem. Yep, no money for a garden, or food, or water. And of course now I really need a garden so I can at least grow a lettuce and maybe some beans.
So back to plan one, we’ll have to do something ourselves and I’m thinking maybe just one box, for now until I can save enough to get “real” boxes. Fine, I start looking at the garden box kits online, and there are quite a few at Home Depot. Most of them are still pricey, but if I’m doing just one box, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad, any how I check out the reviews. I love reading reviews on products. So there was this one box that was all plastic and seemed to fall apart on a lot of people as they were trying to put it together. One woman was so upset that she said she was going to return it and create a garden using cement blocks cause it would be cheaper and sturdy. Well, I thought that was a great idea, so much so, that I too am creating my garden using cement blocks. They won’t fall apart and they are very cheap. And I like the idea that we create the garden ourselves, yes, it’d be prettier and nicer if professionals create it, but I like the idea of having a rogue garden. So what if it falls apart, we’ll just put it back together.
I’ve started collards, broccoli, broccoli rabe and brussel sprouts. I have to get out this week and start the kale. That’s what I love about fall planting, it’s sooooo easy! Just start them outside and put them in the ground. So simple it just warms my heart. Unlike spring planting, where you start them inside and harden them over a couple of weeks, so they can make it outside and then plant. More steps mean more plant casualties. I’m not going to think about spring planting right now. I’m just going to enjoy the delights of fall and anticipate the veggie treats that will soon appear.
I’ll state the obvious first, I’ve been away from you and the garden. I’m going to blame it on my new job and mainly my new schedule. New jobs always have training at a reasonable hour, be in at 8am, no problem, easy, don’t have to think about it. But, one day training is over, and you start your new schedule. And my new schedule means I have to be up at 4am so I can make it to work on time, because it’s bad to be late, very bad, they’d like, fire me, eventually. So for the past two weeks I’ve been up at 4am, wandered through the morning darkness and somehow made it to work. The bright side is that I enjoy my job and it’s a good company. The other bright side is that it’s a vitamin company and they have specific supplements for energy and mental clarity, which I’ve been taking every morning at 4am.
The garden is still producing, and ,of course, it’s past time to start thinking about fall planting. I have to get seeds, clear my beds, prep the soil, start the seedlings and plant them out. I may have to take a few more boxes of supplements per day to get ‘er done, but I will.
A main staple for us is parsley pesto, we use it on everything, salads, pasta, bread, on grilled vegetables or rice.
- 1 Bunch of Parsley
- 4 Cloves of Garlic
- 1/4 Cup of Onion (Red or White)
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon of Oregano
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
Throw all ingredients in a food processor or blender and Enjoy!
This is our new willow tree and we got her free at the Old Town Farmer’s Market. We’ve had her for two weeks and it looks like she’s happy. I can’t even tell you the non-profit that gave away the free trees, I was so excited, I just grabbed the tree and brought her home. She says she’s going to grow up big and tall and shade the house from the evening sun. I think that, if she can do that, it would be a blessing.