A Change of Plans

I had resigned myself to the fact that the back garden just wasn’t going to do anything this year.  Take a year off, and we would tackle it full force next season–seemed like a good plan just a month ago.

And yet this morning I find myself with 50 plus free tomato plants and a husband determined to till the rest of the back forty with the hope of copious amounts of canned tomatoes whispering sweetly in his dreams.

And we’re back in the game?  (the game!)

More once our forest of tomatoes are planted….


Kindness of Neighbors

We live in a great neighborhood.  People are respectful, quiet, and kind.  No matter how crazy everything else gets, coming home to this house, this place, and this neighborhood has been my refuge, and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Saturday was incredibly windy, and I got the first load of laundry up on the line (HOORAY!).  As I was almost taking flight with my sheets, our neighbor two houses up who has beautiful gardens and lots of fun tools pulled up in the yard and asked if I wanted him to take a few swipes through our garden with his tiller.

Um, yes please!

The result was that what would have taken us a full weekend to break up and start tilling Randy did in 5 minutes with his souped up John Deer.  There’s still a LOT of weeding and tilling to do, but he helped make this so much easier.

Air Conditioning Wars

We have AC wars in the L household.  I’m always cold, JGL is always hot.  On the rare days I concede to actually turning the AC on, I’ll set the thermostat at 78, and somehow it will dip down to 76-77 when I’m not looking.  It’s a playful “war,” but one that will undoubtedly go on for the rest of our years together.

The paper described the heat of this weekend as being “oppressive,” and Little Miss I Never Go Anywhere Without a Sweater is actually hot, and thus the AC is on in the house.  Which I hate to admit, but I was eternally grateful for yesterday as we spend the better part of the morning ripping out the remaining pea plants, creating tomato cages from fencing, tilling up the new plots and planting more beans (burgundy and more october beans).

By the time we were done with all that work (add in a trip to Lowes since the tiller burnt out a spark plug), we were huffing and puffing and sweating so bad I thought for a minute it was anywhere between the years 2000-2003 and I was running around a blazing hot field hockey field, debating on whether or not I was going to throw up.  It wasn’t pretty.  At all.  Couple that with tube top gardening at its finest, and you had two of the classiest people in Amherst County right in our back yard.  But in the end, the garden is looking awesome–the Rutgers Tomatoes are filling out and if the weather stays hot we’ll hopefully have tomatoes on the table soon, silks are coming in on some of the corn, and the flower buds on the cucumbers and acorn squash are almost there in terms of opening up.  We’ll soon be drowning in produce, and I cannot wait!

Pair that with the incredible rain that started 15 minutes after we finished up, and we’re in good business right now.

Until we start messing with the AC controller again 😉

Third Time’s the Charm

“I don’t know what I’m doing, but at least I’m doing something!  “

–GAL, at the start of turning over the garden

Last year was a big disappointment for us as gardeners.  It was our second season, and I think we got a little cocky and a little lazy.  Regardless, our biggest fault last year was not starting off on the right foot early enough in the season.  This year we have vowed to be different! 

Not that we’re expert gardeners by any stretch of the imagination.  Both our families garden, and GAL’s grandfather is an encyclopedia of gardening know how, but as the JLG collective…we’re in our infant years of getting to know the soil, and completely understand how this all works.  And we don’t have much…aside from the land to do it, we’re armed with youthful ignorance, families who are willing to spend a few hours on the phone coaching us through, a 1970 something Earth Bird tiller, and Grampa’s 1950 edition of The Complete Book of Garden Magic

Today was the start–JGL got the Earth Bird going, and if I say so myself, I think this is the start we both needed to jump start the season.  We’re breaking for the rest of the day, but tomorrow we’re tackling the pathways and how we want the garden to flow, and we may even be able to get a few seeds in the ground. 

Until then, we’re soaking up every peice of information we can get, and we’re looking forward to sharing this journey with you!