The Garden

So, it seems like we have gone from winter to summer in a matter of 2 weeks! I am glad the cold and snow is gone, but I just wish the mild temperatures would stick around a bit more.

However, the warm temperature means I can do stuff outside! To be honest, I’m not the kind of person who lives outside and I have never done much yard work or anything like that. The life of a renter, hey? But when I came here in the fall and discovered that our backyard had a garden, I got excited to try to see how green my thumb could be.

I took this back in October. Not so pretty.

I took this back in October. Not so pretty.

So this weekend when Tim’s parents were here, we made a little trip to pick up a few tools and seeds. I thought I would tackle this mess during the week, but Sunday evening we were all sitting around in the backyard, digesting our BBQ, and Tim’s mom and sister decided to start digging up a bit of the weeds and things. I think we all thought not much would get done, but they didn’t want to stop! After just an hour, it looked like this:

Way more attractive.

Way more attractive.

I was happy to see how easy it was, and now am not afraid to do more in the future. I find it hard to push myself to do new things, so it helps to have help.

Thanks guys!

Thanks guys!

Tim’s mom exclaimed so many times while digging about how nice the soil was. I think it affected my dreams that night; I dreamed that the next morning things were already sprouting. Sadly that was not the case.

As for what I planted, I didn’t want to go overboard. I just got some peas, carrots, and lettuce. But we also planted a row of onions that apparently were never harvested last time somebody gardened here. I never ever buy onions, so discovering them didn’t make a difference to me, and they are up for grabs when they are ready! That tiny little green blob in the top right corner is rhubarb that was there already, and there is clematis on the trellis on the left. I hope to also get some tomato plants when I return from a BC trip at the end of the month.

If this works out, next year I think I will definitely try a few different things, and think about it a bit earlier so I can start some seeds inside earlier.

Do you have a garden? What have you planted this year?

(And if you haven’t seen it yet, you should check out what Calvin was up to while we were working.)

2 thoughts on “The Garden

  1. Monika Thiessen

    I’ve never been good with a garden. I know it didn’t help that bending over to pick weeds, and later harvest the vegetables, all done in the blazing sunshine, brought on headaches. But the blight on the tomatoes was the final straw for me. Now, dad is enjoying working out in the garden. It seems to be part of his daily routine. So far he’s just concentrating on the flowers and shrubs, but he talks about a vegetable garden.
    Glad you were able to get some advice and encouragement from Tim’s family. Enjoy those veggies! And try adding onion to some of your recipes – just a little will add some good flavour.

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  2. Sheila

    We’re going to plant the garden in the next two weeks. We will plant cucumbers, romaine lettuce, lots of tomatoes and a variety of peppers, carrots, radishes, peas, corn, beets and maybe a few pumpkins.

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