To give you a sense of our activities for this past week (not to bore you, promise!)
here’s a choronology of successes: set out 133 tomato plants (some for sale, some for us)(and, they’ve survived the transition from a shady porch to a full sun residence); set out 40 Brussels spouts plants which have also survived a similar transition); add to that similar numbers of broccoli, cabbage for sauerkraut (two kinds—red and green); planted two rows of Provider green beans, plus direct-seeded New Zealand spinach (lasts during hot weather); also direct planted okra, hilled the three rows of potatoes—Red Pontiac, German Butterball, and Russets; weeded all three rows of that darned Devil-in-the-Garden out of the potatoes; weeded three rows of beets and one row of Swiss Chard; weeded 100 feet of strawberries; direct planted another short row of lettuce and Olympia Spinach (also does better in hot weather0 to replace what will expire from first crop; weeded peas— these are all 60-foot rows…and so it goes…The Buckwheat and the Millet are both vigorously up (for the chickens and turkeys that will be arriving June 15th); the chick peas are up about two inches and growing enthusiastically.
Now, as to the “lose some” category: poor seed quality has resulted in large gaps in our sweet corn, so we have to travel to the farm store and buy new seed and re-plant; our corn rows are spotty at best; another loss--it rained on our first little patch of hay down on the ground last night; no matter, though. It might dry out today before we get into this cycle of fog in the a.m. and thunderstorms in the p.m.—our normal summer squall pattern. The northern end of one potato row appears drowned which was the only affect of our heavy rains a week ago. We feel lucky to have made it through that little anomaly without more damage. So far, successes far outweigh losses!
When I ask people if they garden and they tell me, “No, it just isn’t worth it,” I know they are referring to all the physical work and the constant fight against all those critters with nibbly mouths that like to share in the produce, but which help themselves a little more than we’d like.
But, truly, nothing's free…it IS worth it to grow the food you eat, even in a city, in your back yard, even if it's small. Of course, growing our own food, IS work-intensive. Healthfully so, though—both in the working and the eating. Better yet, the safety and the quality are incomparable. We’re on a first-name basis with our personally tended food. It doesn’t speak to us in a foreign language. We are assured by the efforts of our own hand, that what we are eating has the Good Gardening Seal of Approval.
Besides, it is hard to imagine a more peaceful togetherness, than side by side, cultivating and nuturing seedlings to fruition, talking of subjects far and wide, solving the world’s problems….right here JOTOLR.
I have a comment on comment post which I’ll put up sometime this weekend. So many of you had such interesting remarks on the words “home” and “homestead” and “homeplace.” The comments made me re-think my words. And, several of you had some lovely comments on other posts, which I want to acknowledge. (Ruta, Barbara, Beth, Julia, Kat, Debbi, Marlene) So, stay tuned! And thank you for the lively conversation!
Have a lovely weekend, everyone!