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03 June 2005 @ 02:27 pm
Our house came with a vegetable garden. More specifically, it came with a fenced-in plot that used to be a vegetable garden many years ago. Weeds and prickery brambles have taken it over. The rows of slate between the rectangles of earth are half-hidden by a wash of soil.

Until, that is... This weekend past, Don and I decided to Do Something about it. He had asked me if I wanted to plant a garden. Want? Yes. Can? No. No time, what with work and Faire and UV and life and stuff. So, the plan was hatched to hack down the weeds, tear down the fence and incorporate that area into the lawn. Only Don wanted to leave the slabs of slate, and I thought that would be silly - a tic-tac-toe board in the corner of the yard.

"What a minute," said I. "I can use this space after all!" Two weeks past, Jeff had given me four tomato plants. I had intended to put them in my half-barrel containers (which, by the bye, are still sitting, soilless and impatient, on the flagstones of my patio). "If I dig up one of the patches, I can plant the tomatoes in here." The fence would keep the critters away, I would (hopefully) have tomatoes by summer's end, and the argument about the slate paths could be deferred for another year. The tomato plants were beginning to yellow, thanks to my neglect, but after a day or two in the soil, they perked up. So delighted was I that I took a pickaxe (hey, I don't have a tiller) to another patch to ready it for more plants.

Today I planted dill, oregano, rosemary, chives, sage and hot cherry peppers. It was fun. It will be even more fun if they grow, and grow well.

Now I want a full garden.
I feel: accomplishedaccomplished
Jenthatwasjen on June 3rd, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)
I can plant the tomatoes in here...
Today I planted dill, oregano, rosemary, chives, sage and hot cherry peppers.

In a couple of months, you'll have a brilliant pasta sauce. Mmmm.
Ratesjul: bubbleratesjul on June 3rd, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
*grins* that's so great!!!

A few weeks ago I planted tulip bulbs in long plastic containers ... and it's just so *easy* when you start doing it. I'm temptd to go out now and get some more containers and plant some more flowers in my little concrete courtyard.

moileaflette on June 3rd, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am just DYING for my garden from Germany again. I'd start one here, only we're moving soonish... so instead I've pimped myself out to my friend Lauren's mom to help out in her herb and rose garden.

I will repay you this summer for your hospitality by garden work, if you want! I'll get up early in the morning and weed, and do it happily!