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Makings of a Garden

May 31, 2010

If you want to be happy for an hour, get drunk;

If you want to be happy for three days, get married;

If you want to be happy forever, make a garden. Chinese Proverb

Hard to choose, hard to choose.

OK, the garden, but only for today, I reserve the right to change my mind.

Saturday involved dirt, a lot of dirt. Craig’s List had a post for free organic soil. If  its free, I’m already there. Coach was motor pacing Order so I loaded up the kiddos,  8  containers and we were off like a herd of turtles.

Eight of this                                                                                                     plus this

Equals this-

And then some. The planter is a re-use project. It once was the sandbox for the girls, had a canopy that went up and down and held a ton of sand.  We’d placed a base and casters on the sandbox raising so it was off the ground and able to be  rolled around. This  has now worked in my favor. No one has played in it for a year or two  so instead of tossing it, I got to use power tools to cut off the canopy and posts. Voila, planter on wheels.

We think we moved somewhere around 12-13  40 pound bags worth of dirt.  Dirt is heavy, just so you know.  We were able to fill the planter, top off all the potted trees and plants, put a layer on the planter beds and there is  still a left over box of dirt to be dumped into a future planter. The soil  needs amendment, so I guess it’s dirt not soil until then. Last week Harmony and Beauty went to a local farm with school and came home with little containers  of  radish seeds.  (Why radishes? what kid eats radishes?) They have sprouted in the windowsill and after I harden them off I hope to plant them.  ( do we harden off in So. Cal?) In the mean time I have them under cloches in the “dirt”.

This will be our first year with a “real” garden patch. Currently we have various herbs: oregano, mint, thyme, basil, sage, and rosemary growing in pots. The 3 dwarf citrus trees sport small under plantings of strawberries and mint. But with the exception of growing tomatoes in years past, we’ve not actively planted an edible garden. Discussions abound, lettuces, zucchini, tomatoes, maybe pumpkins in the fall seem to have the most votes. It’s too late for melons I think, but beans would might work on a trellis. There isn’t a lot of room so what ever we plant it needs to fit in that little area. And whatever we plant ,  I vote we start easy as I know who will be doing the tending.

Wow, the rest of my life I will be happy now. Who’d a thunk?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. c.s. permalink
    June 2, 2010 10:06 pm

    I was wondering why radishes, too…hadn’t heard they were easy to plant and, yes, what kid eats radishes…

    • Te permalink*
      June 3, 2010 4:41 pm

      Curious isn’t it Christie, maybe because the suckers grew so easily and fast.

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