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April 21, 2007

turned soil
posted by soe 11:45 pm

Rudi came down with me to the garden today and we put some sweat equity into the plot. We cleared the rest of the land. Yay! No more condoms or drug paraphernalia in our garden!

Rudi transplanted a number of violets from other sections of the garden to form a border along the fence and planted three dozen marigolds that he bought last week. He also hauled in some manure to mix in with our soil. I hoed around the rest of the plants. The back corner must have been used to grow rocks in the past, because I harvested a whole bunch from that section of the plot.

I find it an encouraging sign that there are lots of worms in our garden. Every time we pulled up a weed or shifted a board or turned some earth, it seemed like there was another gigantic worm. I feel bad, because I’m sure we hurt some of them with or hoe and shovel, but they were very hard to avoid. I also hope that those birds who were hovering about didn’t make away with any of them.

We identified a number of plants: sage, lettuce, and ramps. Rudi picked some of the ramps and made them the centerpiece of a lovely pasta sauce for tonight’s dinner. (If we die, it was the “ramps.” You can find the rest of the sauce in the fridge for the toxicology analysis.)

We also ditched some plants, which seemed to be more weed than intentional garden addition. And apparently I didn’t replant my non-dead herb properly because the rain had managed to unearth and kill it. Oops.

Next up is finding some veggies to plant. I’m hoping to find some lettuce and chives and English peas and beans. I think it might still be too early to plant tomatoes and peppers, so I’ll hold off until May for them.

Category: garden. There is/are 4 Comments.

I hope those weren’t wild violets you moved to use as a border. They are actually a weed and spread like crazy. Plus they only bloom in the spring. (Speaking from experience.) If you did, pull them out really fast before they take over everything.

Ramps are supposed to be good if you like the strong taste. My mother is from WV and they eat them there.

Comment by Mia 04.22.07 @ 8:35 am

Actually, Mia, that’s just what we did do, but we did it knowingly. Violets are my favorite flowers, so one person’s weed is another person’s centerpiece. 😉 We know we’ll need to stay on top of them to prevent them from spreading, but we’re okay with that. And if they get to be too much, I’ll pull them later in the season.

Comment by soe 04.22.07 @ 10:13 am

Ok so ew. I just have snakes and broken glass in my flower beds.

Comment by emily 04.22.07 @ 11:17 am

Guess we all worked hard yesterday and today. We’d reserved and then bought extra seedlings (plus a honey suckle) from the conservation district, so we had approx. 75 trees to plant. We got to over 50 yesterday and were going to finish them today, but got caught up in bringing out the tables, chairs, etc. Should we ever get to fix the ridge, we will transplant them there. Rest of the trees tomorrow…hope it’s cooler than the 90 we had up here today. Tired!!!!

Comment by Mum 04.22.07 @ 4:43 pm