Preparing the Garden

I have made a valiant effort to prepare the garden for planting. It took a full week, but I am bound and determined to eat from our garden this year! It started with planting some seeds in those little black plastic containers. I did that on a Monday after getting some encouragement from the neighbors. I had been putting it off because I’m worried I’m going to do it all wrong and nothing will grow. But nothing will grow if I don’t plant it! So I planted cilantro, margoram, calendula and broccoli seeds. Little Monster helped me poke holes in the soil with her finger to put the seeds in. The broccoli is already starting to sprout! I did something right!

My most favorite part of gardening

My most favorite part of gardening

Surprise Sweet Potato Harvest

Surprise Sweet Potato Harvest

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Robert Frost writes of how good fences make good neighbors in his poem “Mending Wall.” The phrase has come to mind quite often over the last several months. First when we replaced the fence on our north side, where the dogs jumped repeatedly into the neighbors’ yard. The fence was at least 15 years old, there were 5 different kinds of wire throughout, and on a 200 foot span of fence, only 6 posts held it up. The rest was held up by vines. Friends and neighbors came to help us get that fence line up. Then the dogs found another weak spot in the pre-existing barbed wire fence on the east side of our yard. They jumped through three days in a row, then every other day, for several weeks. I had enough of it so I went out on my own and sunk three posts in one day. Neighbors came to help us pull that fence over the weekend. It kept the dogs in for half a day before they found another weak spot. Continue reading