But this morning when I went to plant them, the sky looked like this.
I was veryvery sad.
So I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you all of a book that changed my life. Really it was life changing. Okay maybe it only changed the way I garden, but it changed it in such a way that the role of gardening changed in my life forever. (too over the top?)
See all my life I have enjoyed gardening, sorta kinda. I enjoy picking out the seeds. I enjoy planning where to plant everything. I enjoy watching the first seeds sprout. I enjoy biting into a fresh tomato right from the garden.
Pretty much everything else sucked. I hated digging up the soil. The soil in this part of the country is a loamy silty clay capable only of growing spectacular weeds. Every year I would dig up the garden, add bag after bag of mulch, peat, top soil etc. By mid July, I would have a spectacular crop of weeds, and by then it was too dog-gone hot to really care. Next year I'd start over, and amazingly the ground had "absorbed" the peat and topsoil and turned back into clay, hard packed clay ugh!
Then I found this book in the bargain section of Borders (cue angels singing).
Twenty minutes a day, exactly the amount of time I wanted to spend!!
The biggest trick is starting with raised beds. This necessitates a larger outlay of time and materials the first year, BUT it will pay off year after year. Digging up the garden at the beginning of the season takes minutes. Because you can control the water and nutrients, you can plant the crop more dense, that means more good plants means less room for weeds. Fewer weeds means less weeding, yippee!
And that my friends, is the beginning of my gardening adventure. Now each year I experiment with different types of lettuce, tomatoes and herbs. Sometimes I add a row of carrots just to watch the look on the kids faces as they pull them from the ground. For kids who may have only seen carrots in the store finding them underground is as good as a magic trick.
And maybe tomorrow, I will continue with actual planting... (rain is good but enough already)