Did I tell you about my super-cool Mother’s Day present?
I don’t think I did…
Every other Friday, for the rest of the summer, I have a sitter. Or, rather, ANGEL has a sitter, and I have a Free Day.
Our Miss Kim arrived at nine am yesterday, on the dot. By 9:30, I was in the upper garden, happily ripping weeds out of the garlic bed…After a pause to watch the bees playing in the blackberry blossoms, obviously.
By 10:30, the bed was clean. The baby leeks between the hard and softneck garlic seem to be doing well, in spite of having to compete with the weeds. At least, I hope they are…I’ve never grown them from seed before.
A little later – around 11, I think – the asparagus bed was nice and tidy, and it was time to move down to the kitchen garden.
Hey, look! The cukes have sprouted!
First order of business down here – get rid of the arugula, radishes, spinach and chard that were all bolting. A quick and easy job, before tackling the weeds in the Bean Bed, putting up the towers, and planting.
12:30. Cleaned, planted – pole beans, zucchini, and yellow squash – and water started.
Time for lunch, and to kiss a little girl for naptime!
1:30, and two beds left to clean…and some decisions to make. Time is beginning to run short, so one bed will have to wait for another day.
So, Tomato Bed, or Bonus Bed, where I’m hoping to try some short-season melons this year?
Tomatoes won. I wondered whether or not I should plant my pathetic seedlings, or just go buy new ones, and decided to give my Babies a shot. The only organic nursery is a 45 minute drive, and time is a luxury right now. If mine just turn up their toes and die, I’ll bite the bullet and go.
3pm, and the water has been moved to the tomatoes. Angel is still napping, and it’s time for Miss Kim to go. I cut her a head of lettuce, as promised, and in the process discover that the Butterheads are now Bitterheads….yuck. The loose leaf and Romaine are still good, though…
My plantings are always bigger than our appetites with lettuce.
So, time to go in and clean up now…
Or, maybe not quite yet…
This’ll only take a minute!
But, it’s so much nicer this way…
3:30. Girl still sleeping. Grandad listening to the monitor. Shower, here I come!
A cool glass of rosé, on a shady patio…
I’m NOT looking at you, weeds growing through the pavers!
It’s a rainy, windy Saturday around here – and cold (57 when I got up at 5), but looking out the windows at all of yesterday’s accomplishments makes it a good day.
It’s also washing the pollen out of the air…by the time I came in yesterday, the camera was coated in a fine, yellow cloak.
Hope the rest of you are having a blue-sky weekend!