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Monday, May 21, 2007

More gardening and food

Today was another successful day despite the forecasted weather. Even though it was rather on the windy side, we were able to get done all that was on the agenda (except maybe Jer getting to any siding on the garage). Okay maybe I should say we completed what was on MY agenda. Saturday we got that wonderful flower bed in front done. And today we were able to dig out and get ready my vegetable garden. I'm going to grow VEGETABLES! Maybe...we'll see if they decide to grow or not :) Maybe if I go out there and talk to them. I could set up my lawn chair beside them and drink iced tea and tell them how wonderful I think they are...they call me the crazy lady around here for lots of reasons...

The morning started off with me deciding that as it was cloudy and windy I'd like to cook breakfast for 10 people (I'm nuts, I know). I called an impromptu brunch party with Tara and her family and Andrea, who was without family for the morning. They contributed and we had a roaring good time. By then the weather had cleared considerably and off we (Jer and I) went to pull up sod (I must add that I actually relaid sod in another area, quite meticulously, I might add. I know, I know, I'm a jack of all trades!). Then later in the afternoon Andrea comes sauntering over and asks if hotdogs are okay for supper. Sweet, another potluck - although we didn't end up having hotdogs, we had sausage burgers instead. Just as good, still not cooking! So out of 8 meals this weekend, we all shared 4 of them. That's a pretty good run. I figured we should set up a colony. I mean, we eat together, we garden together, we play together...it's pretty darn close to a colony. We decided a good name for our colony would be the Cortieben Colony (for those of you who don't know us, that's a combination of all three of our last names, brilliant, I know). (BTW, this picture of our supper is taken from Andrea's blog, I kinda stole it, hope that's okay, Andrea! Now nice bloggy people, go read hers and Tara's posts and comment)

Anyway, after supper I got my tomatoes, peppers (1 green, 2 yellow and 2 red), rhubarb, cilantro and 2 popcorn plants in the garden. My mom is supposed to be coming to help me tomorrow to plant all the seeds (carrots, chives, beans, peas, lettuce, spinach, cantaloupe and broccoli...for never having planted a garden I'm feeling rather ambitious and slightly nervous that I'm going to have a massive crop failure), but it's supposed to rain. Maybe there'll be some hours that it won't and we can get it all in before it does rain and it'll save me some watering!

12 comments:

Andrea said...

Hey -- we share everything else around here...why not pictures from our blogs?

By the way, are your feet sweating yet? I'm really sensing a storm coming.

Erin said...

Thanks Andrea! And no, my feet aren't sweating yet, that could be because a) Jer has the air on in the house which eliminates all humidity or b) the storm is still a few hours away! I guess we'll find out.

ValleyGirl said...

Best of luck with the garden! This will be my 6th year TRYING. I just suck with plants in general. I decided to try focusing on just a few things this year and really getting to know how to take care of them. I can expand in the years to come as I get more confident and knowledgeable. (Obviously, the assumption is that that will happen!!!)

Jen said...

sounds like your going to have a wonderful garden and the brunch party looks good

lil ole' me..... said...

What is a popcorn plant?
I'm so jealous of your garden. We live in the city with no yard, so gardens are out of the question. Thankfully we have a great Farmer's Market, but I look forward to the day when I can walk out my back door and pick the ripe veggies and fruits!
Good luck with your new garden!!! :)

Erin said...

A popcorn plant is actually just a variety of corn. It's rare around here, but one of the greenhouses had a stock from their plants in fall and they were giving them away. Apparently they make the best corn ever. I planted my two and we'll see if they a) survived last nights rain and b) will actually grow corn : )

Louise said...

Sounds awesome!!
Glad you had such a fantastic weekend!!
See you tomorrow!!

Dedee said...

You are making me want to run out and weed some more. Looks great. I'm glad you are planting veggies. There's nothing like fresh veggies!

Tara said...

I can't wait to see what your garden brings, I will keep a watchfull eye on it from my window!

Nadine said...

It sounds like you have a nice colony going there. I bet your garden will just be wonderful, with yummy tasting veggies.

svea said...

OK so unfair that youa re not my neighbor anymore, I miss those meal sharing days. sigh..... but your neighbors re truely blessed to have you, and i am sure they bless you too.
yippee for your garden

Alexis Jacobs said...

You are going to have such an awesome garden! The "picnic" looks like a blast.

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