My garden, that is. I know that any of you who have stuck it out as Bird and Little Bird readers for any length of time are probably aware of the cyclical nature of my musings. Round about the end of April each year I begin obsessing with the greening of my little corner of the earth and kind of can't be quiet about it until I've driven everyone around me crazy. But just remember, it will be only a few short months until you have to listen to me go on and on about how noisy snowpants are in the dryer at night and then you'll be just wishing for some garden talk.
Annie 2.0 and I planted quite a few of the spring and summer crops into our community garden plot this last weekend and the sunny Saturday, combined with stellar soil and good planting progress, seems to have resulted in some significant growing optimism this year. Memories of The Great Onion Weeding of 2011 encouraged us to lay down a strip of landscape fabric on the onion bed this year. We cut holes into the fabric to put the plants in. I suppose that there is some risk of the onions getting exposed to excess moisture doing it this way, but I'll do pretty much anything to avoid weeding the onion bed, so consider this a risk taken.
The other change that we made to the garden plan this year was to allocate a completely autonomous garden area for Mariam's use. She has a three by four foot mini-plot of her own, and she's been given totally free reign to do with it as she pleases. She can plant whatever she wants, however she chooses, without adult interference of any kind. She is thrilled, and suddenly, very invested in spending time at the garden. This might be one of my best ideas yet. I'm thinking we need to make up another garden seed book or three (from Volume Six of Alphabet Glue) so that she can carry them in her pockets and pull a page of seeds off and toss it into the ground whenever she feels like it. Easier than trying to share seed packets with her, I would suspect.
Also new this year: purple potatoes. We generally plant Yukon Gold, and we'll do those again this year as well, but these Purple Adirondacks looked so colorful and fun, we decided that a row of these was in order too.
Thanks for listening to my garden talk (yet again). I do appreciate it, believe me. I'd love to return the favor... What are you planting this year?
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