May 1, 2012

The Garden gets planted…Just in time for a storm

After Sunday’s gorgeous evening, Monday evening was a bit chilly. Cameron was participating in a golf tournament that afternoon for work and barely made it home in time to put London to bed, and after going over to Mike and Kelsey’s to see if they were keeping Molly, the idea of planting the garden that night was just not in the cards.

Not so Tuesday night. It was a similar evening to Sunday. So when London and I returned from day care and work, respectively, all three of us headed outside to work in the garden. Cameron still had some rototilling to complete so London and I wandered the yard and played with Tulley while we waited. Poor London walked right into Tulley doing donuts, first getting knocked down and then hit in the head by Tulley’s head – luckily the kid bounces back real quick and Tulley quickly realized what she did, showering London with kisses.

Once rototilling was completed, we set out placing all the plants where we think they will do best and then I got to planting, while Cameron dug holes for the artichoke plants elsewhere in the yard and tasked London with putting away all the empty plastic containers I was throwing over the small green fence we have around the garden to keep child and dogs out.

During this time, Cameron started playing around with the other side of the yard, where we had sun flowers unexpectedly grow last year. He declared that he thought we had a rat burrowing over there, then thought he saw it and started to chase it with the shovel. Turns out it was not a rat (thankfully) but two toads! Cameron felt pretty bad after unearthing their home, but luckily the toads were no worse for wear, and we left them alone from there. One even came up to the back door one night recently, sending Jake into a tizzy. Hilarious to see, trust me!

After I was done with the garden, I moved over to the artichokes, followed by Cameron watering everything while I put London to bed.

When I came downstairs, Cameron had started BBQing hamburgers for dinner. Instead of turning the TV on while we waited, we sat outside and enjoyed another beautiful spring evening and chatted. Unfortunately, the lovely weather was not to last – by Wednesday evening the rain had come in and by Thursday night we confirmed that we lost 2 of our 6 corn stalks. Oh well, hopefully we still have a lot of corn from the 4!

As soon as this weather does stabilize, I suspect we’ll be spending more and more time outside. London loves being out there – we just need to get her some outdoor toys to occupy her, though for now, she is quite content walking back and forth on the stone path out to the dog run and grapes.

In all we planted:
  • 2 artichoke plants
  • 4 corn stalks
  • 4 tomato plants – Big Beef, Celebrity, Roma and Sweet Cherry
  • 2 Green Bell Peppers
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers
  • 1 Green Cucumber
  • 1 Lemon Cucumber
  • 2 Eggplants
  • 1 Green Zucchini
  • 1 Yellow Squash
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper
  • 1 Anaheim
  • 1 Fresno Pepper (supposedly similar to the Jalapeno – we thought we had grabbed a Chili Rellano)
  • 1 basil
  • 1 Italian parsley

~ Sarah

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