May 8 2010

The Audacity of Gardening

A long way to grow...

A long way to grow...

Hope:  At this point, that’s about all these tomato plants amount to. Truly, I’ve never put such a pathetic bunch of wannabes in the ground. But they are my babies, and I will stick by them. If past experience is an indication, they will stretch their roots out quickly and soon catch up to all those overachieving store-bought specimens. I found room to put 16 in, and lamented not being able to fit more. But it’s a good variety of varieties, including two from seeds Natalie brought from France.

What’s beautiful now, though, is that the paths are established. I’ve always held that a garden is its paths, which is certainly true in the overall landscape, and particularly true in ornamental plantings, and true enough in the vegetable or “production” garden. What’s worse than walking along the edge of a property’s “border” plantings, with no opportunity to interact or get in with the plants? It’s like driving down the highway watching the scenery go by and never getting out of the car. Anyway, the production garden is all right angles and perpendiculars, geared toward maximum production in the space, which makes it interesting to get around in.

In the order of paths in the garden, there is calm. Welcome, wonderful calm.

Aug 8 2009

Time For Fall Planting!


Gardeners and other people of the outdoors are always thinking one season ahead.  In the past month, I started shooting the bow again to prepare for the season that starts September 15 here in Maryland; I’ve got my MD license, and PA license and doe tag.  Also, I’ve been thinking about getting the greenhouse ready for growing greens all winter.  But now, it’s time to plant for fall!

I’ve got lettuce seeds ready to go in, and places to put them, thanks to Natalie cleaning up the garden…she’s been so great about keeping up, I’ve hardly had to pull a weed.  I’m getting spoiled.  She also has planted the cabbage plants she bought up in Meyersdale at the Amish greenhouse when we visited my sister.  Anyhow, the lettuce should be good to grow through October; with some floating row cover to keep the heavy frost off, probably into November.

Also to go in the ground now:  beets, turnips, and kale.  If you’ve never grown kale, you should.  It’s easy, productive, and one of the healthiest things you can eat (lots of calcium, take note, ladies!).  The nice bonus:  if you plant now, you’ll get a good fall harvest, and it will one of the first and most prolific things to grow again in the spring, without you having to do anything.

Mar 3 2009

Time to Plant!


Planting detail.JPG, originally uploaded by rebetsky.

Detail showing seed sowing into peat pots using the handy dandy “dial” seeder from Jung Seed (but available from lots of places) blog here.  Photo by Natalie.