Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Down and Dirty

My plan for today was to get a load of manure for my vegetable garden. No one seems to want to deliver anything to our rural location so I drove to a local garden center and loaded the back of the car with seven bags of organic composted cow manure. I had actually planned to also stop at a nearby kitchen shop, but when I got a whiff of the bags piled in the back, I figured I just better hurry on home with all the windows rolled down. I carted all the bags out to the garden in the back yard, then went to vacuum out the car and wipe the inside down with some eucalyptus soap. Oh, and that reminds me, I left the windows open so I'll have to go out and close them.
Then I went back to the garden and spaded in all that composted sweetness and raked the bed smooth. It's still a good six weeks before it will be safe to plant most things, but I have tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and parsley started in the house. I may plant some lettuce seeds in a few days though. Lettuce is tough. I picked some chives on my way back in--always the first thing ready for harvesting, but this is REALLY early.
I tried to get Mike to join the fun of digging, but he was not falling for it. He has his hobbies and I have mine. I can tell already that my back is going to be achy tonight. Maybe I can convince Mike to carry me up to bed later. (HA! I have my fantasies, I'm sure he has his.)
Tomorrow I will pick up my two grand children. I'll travel south and my daughter will travel north and we'll meet halfway for the hand-off. Kristen has the week off from school and I haven't seen them in too long, Of course, if I'm tuckered out from the garden work, just wait until I've spent a few days trying to keep up with a three year old and and eight year old. The weather is supposed to stay on the chilly side, but nice so I hope we can get in lots of outdoor time.


  1. Looks like you're going to be pooped no matter what you do. Have fun with your grandchildren.

    Mine is in the air on the way to visit his Japanese grandparents. He's 8 and was so excited he could hardly stand it. They'll be gone 25 days. It will give Caleb 25 days of total immersion in the Japanese language and culture. That is very good. He speaks and writes Japanese and his grandparents there love him dearly.

  2. After the kids, you'll think gardening is an easy treat!! Good luck!


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