Garden

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a week, since it was exactly a week ago that we planted!

We have a GARDEN!

It’s roughly 40 x 25 feet  and includes 30 tomato plants and 20 + pepper plants, 4 eggplant plants (?), two rows of onions, two rows of snap peas, one thick row of carrots, lavender, dill, radishes, 4 hills of cucumbers, 4 of zucchini, 4 of acorn squash and finally two hills of birdhouse gourds. Whew!

We have one row that has nothing in it… yet to be decided, I thought possibly rosemary, thyme,  basil or sage or I might just plant my herbs in pots near the door, easier for cooking. Any suggestions for the final row?

The garden work started last Friday, Matt and I dug out our back yard, it was full of weeds, we tried merely pulling the weeds, but then decided it was a better move to just dig out the weeds along with all the roots. We definitely needed more than one almost broken shovel that we found in our neighbors shed to do the deed.  So we  bought an awesome (yet overpriced) shovel at Ace. And spent the remainder of the day digging out the weeds, it was a workout to say the least.

My wonderful Dad came up the next morning with a whole truck full of steer manure… ahem…”organic material” is what we are calling it. It didn’t smell, and was a beautiful rich brown.  Here I am spreading it with our new awesome shovel!Shoveling Organic MaterialThen we had to spread it evenly around the area where we dug out the sod, then Dad rotatilled it in. Amazing!

Jill shoveling and Dad tillingThen we measured and made rows with stakes and string, and started planting, the soil is so gorgeous here, our neighbor came out and said we have some of the best soil in Pullman because we live on the edge and it was wheat fields not that long ago! Cool! My dad brought seeds that he had gotten in bulk,  seeds of varieties of plants that WSU cultivated and developed to work perfically in this climate! Sweet land grant university perks (there had to be some, right?)

Planted the tomatos and now to the peppersIt was a beautiful day to plant, despite the weather later in the week, which caused me to abandon all my glassware to the garden, also numerous plastic totes, water bottles, soda bottles and anything to cover the sensitive plants from the frost. I think we might be out of the danger zone, but it’s never a guarantee.

Our finished garden, and my Dad isn’t that short, he is just hiding. 🙂

The Finished productTo water it we wired the sprinkle to our old garbage can so it can reach all the way across the plants.

Watering the gardenSo that is the garden! Our first, technically Jill, Matt and I are talking 1/3 ownership roles. With a weekly weeding date pending.

Exactly one week later no plants have sprouted, but I’m not worried, most seeds have a 14 day germination period, so if things haven’t popped by next week, I’ll start digging around.

I cannot even wait for fresh radishes and cucumbers on a salad! Or bbqued Zucchini or tomatos, oh glorious salsa!

And a thank you to Violent Veg for the hyperlinked vegetable jokes. I absolutely love Violent Veg, but it’s a British thing, so you don’t see it much here. So funny!!!!!!

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3 Comments on “Garden”

  1. Jill says:

    Salsa night HAHA! Love it. Looking forward to the garden!

  2. beka says:

    I LOVE IT!!! Laura, great work. I have not been on in a few days from being out of town and I was so excited to read all about your garden! It is wonderful! I’m so excited to hear more!

  3. danbuben says:

    love your Garden …A great Green thumb….keep up the good work.


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