Friday, June 18, 2010

Heigh Ho Heigh Ho...

Heigh Ho Heigh Ho, it's off to work I go...

I've been spending quite a bit of time working at a garden in town.  It has been quite a blessing for me for many reasons - I've been able to spend more time gardening in a lower area where things can actually grow well, I've got some useful experience with growing on an even larger scale (250 tomato plants, 3000 corn plants, 30 cages of potatoes and much more)  than I am used to, I've learned to drive a tractor properly and...I've been the lucky recipient of some early veggies - a very nice bonus of working for a gardener who is even more impatient than I am and also owns a greenhouse.

Early rutabagas.
And today...early peas.  So good!  E was over the moon.  He misses being able to wander out and graze in our old gardens.
I know a lot of people take a lunch along when they go to work but here's what I take.
Because once I'm done working on the big gardens then I spend some time working on my garden that is also there.  The newspaper is put down on top of the dirt and then the  grass clippings go on top for mulch.  These do a fantastic job of preventing weeds and I'm really not sure how I ever managed to keep up a garden before I learned this.  I have buckets of finished compost and a little unfinished compost that I dug into the beds too.  I've also started transporting containers of nettle fertilizer and I'm hoping that I manage to NOT spill this in my car. I do so love to garden.


Anonymous said...

Hi Heather - I just found your blog and it's lovely. I so love gardening. I'm so envious of those peas - the birds ate most of ours. Hmmm...I'll have to net them next year. Looking forward to watching your garden grow.

sheila said...

Oh my goodness. Heather, I think we have what's classified as an addiction. But isn't it a lovely addiction? I'd do exactly what you're doing in that situation. I feel for my neighbours when I'm fish emulsioning but I can't stop. I really can't.

ships: Mmmm, sour scream'n'onion ships are the best. Smokey chicken isn't bad, but I need onions in my ships.


Mary-Sue said...

hee hee
i tried to drive around and find your garden today, but didn't manage it. next time for sure.
at least it isn't comfrey tea in danger of spilling in your car! nobody'd ever forgive you for that!

Stacy said...

Thanks for the tips! I'm researching and learning and plan to start gardening next year so I love learning everything!