I am Gardener, Hear me Hoe

Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Wow. I forgot how much work gardening was. And we had a 4' x 14' plot...can you imagine if it had been bigger? Ugh. Don't worry, I'm not complaining. But two hours of troweling, weeding, hoeing and heavy lifting does a number on your muscles. Especially when you don't use them very often. But I loved it.

About 1/2 of the garden folks showed up and some had already started planting!!!! It was a good time - changing the appearance of the garden from a dead, brown ugly space into one swept clean of the detritus that had accumulated since last fall (look at me using big words first thing in the morning!). It's now quite nice, the garden plots are all clear and awaiting the first signs of green. There are some major asthetic changes planned for the layout of the garden this year due largely in part to some miscommunication when it was set up from it's former location. All in all it's going to be awesome.

We took the pieces of an old wooden planter and made mini-fences at each end of our planter and blocked them off for the niece and nephew. Those ends are theirs, free to do with as they will. It looks very ... rustic. The wooden pieces were starting to rot in some places and they're weather-beaten but they do the job, it's recycling old material and they'll look great with the greenery that will (hopefully) appear over the summer.

And guaranteed there's nothing wrong with the soil in our raised plot. Plenty of big fat worms (ick) and a bunch of strawberry plants left over from last year that have started popping up. Mom ripped one out and the garden coordinator came rushing over! Don't throw it away she cried, I'll take it! It now has a new home in a plot on the other end of the garden and will hopefully thrive. While digging up the dirt and mixing it around, we found a LOT (and I mean a LOT) of garlic hidden below the surface (I think it was garlic...). Not sure if we got it all but we'll find out in a few months. Hmmm, fresh garlic. Now there's a thought...

All in all, a good two hours of work. I was a bit sore toward the end (just my back from bending over so much) and I slept surprisingly well despite the cats' attempts to keep me from slumber. We haven't planted yet and will likely wait at least until this weekend as there's a risk of frost tonight (and a high of 18 expected the following day...go figure, it's Alberta) and may even hold off until the following long weekend. The initial planting will be a great time for the kids to join us for a couple of hours.

Anyone else planning a garden or planters this year, and if so, what are you growing? I know that Coyote and SP are going to give it a go, but what about the rest of you???


mister anchovy said...

I love to garden!

Captain Karen said...

Excellent! Are you growing any veg this year or flowers/herbs?

Wandering Coyote said...

Yesterday I bought bright pink garden gloves and a claw with nice comfy handles. Today, my plan is to go through my plot and remove any detritus there and aerate the soil a bit by turning it over.

Don't forget to plug your gardening work into TDP! It'll all count and gardening is good physical work!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Way to go girl! Grow your own and screw the corporate farms. I'm proud of you.

Wandering Coyote said...

I spent half an hour this morning going through my plot, turning over the soil and removing detritus, wearing my new pink gloves. Tomorrow my dad is taking me to Canadian Tire to get seeds, some potting soil, and a couple other gardening odds and ends. I'm saving containers that I'd otherwise recycle to use as starter containers for my wax beans, green onions, and garlic.

Gardenia said...

Gardening is healing balm to the soul. Yes, it is a lot of work - mine doesn't look like I would like it too - but have to settle for what its possible to do. This year I've mixed flowers with vegetables and herbs. Tonight I'm harvesting basil.

Nothing like it! Wish I had some of your worms - so much sand here its kind of like hydroponic gardening - fertlize and water! I want to get it so I don't have to use any "Miracle Grow" and be all natural.

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