Fertile Fridays: Totally Grounded

| April 24, 2009 | 4 Comments

Forsythia budding

Will talked all last week about eating outside. We have our table and chairs set up by our newly appointed flower garden and he just couldn’t wait to use it. So, when Sunday evening rolled around, Shawn started up the grill and I got everything we needed onto a tray to carry outside. It was a little chilly at dusk, but totally worth it. I can’t wait until we can eat all of our meals outside.

The word for this week is progress and boy, did we manage to make a lot of progress in a short time.

In terms of planting, the kids and I filled three of our vegetable garden boxes. We have one box with broccoli that is growing quite quickly. I cannot wait to see the familiar vegetable appear.

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A second box is filled with red cabbage … Though I have to admit, I am not entirely sure why I chose to do a whole box of red cabbage. I mean I like it and all … but that’s a lot of cabbage.

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The third box still has some room for planting. Currently, it’s home to spinach and Brussels sprouts. Mmm. Brussels sprouts. I am not sure what else to plant there though. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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We also have two blueberry bushes, two apple trees and a box reserved for tomatoes.

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Beyond our food plantings, Paige and I went crazy buying and planting flowers in the beds by the house. I haven’t had good luck in this area of garden, but Shawn and I worked hard to loosen the soil this year in hopes that this will be our year. So far, so good. I also mulched all around the plants, which really makes them pop.

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Thank goodness for a productive weekend last week. We had rainy day after rainy day this week, so little got done in the yard. But, that is good news for the plants that we planted. After all, they need both rain and sun to be fertile and all.

So, I am pretty happy with our progress this week. I have some more plants to go in the ground and a bit more mulching to do. Obviously, it’s way too soon for vegetable harvesting, but we will get there in due time. I also received the cutest wooden crate in the mail from a PR person (it was carrying a drink), and it is going to make a fab container for herb gardening. I can’t wait to plant in it. Should I go from seeds or buy already sprouted herbs? I’m debating.

What’s going on in your garden this week?

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  1. Looks like you’re making great progress! I scooped up a bunch of pots from a neighbor’s garage sale today, so I’m looking forward to planting more next week. Can’t wait until the fresh herbs start growing!

  2. I’d plant Swiss Chard! You sure have some great areas for planting. Are you able to keep critters away easily?

    I’m horrible w/ veggies, but I can manage a tomato plant in a pot and numerous herbs planted around our yard.

  3. Sarah Caron says:

    Cate, I can’t wait for herbs either! I am trying to decide if it’s a bad idea to screw an herb box to my porch railing…not sure.

    Lori, I LOVE chard. That’s a really great idea. Now I am going to have to look out for it. RE: keeping critters away – putting up some sort of a protective barrier is one of our projects for this week. Need to measure first though.

  4. Dawn says:

    I’ve got broccoli about the same size as yours, a couple tomato plants, and a couple peppers. I also have a garden plot where I just planted a bunch of sunflowers, and a flower box with basil and edible flowers. I plan to add zucchini, bush beans, and maybe an eggplant or more peppers. I love having fresh peppers!

    Last year, my broccoli was pretty sad–just a few little flowers here and there. I’m hoping some extra fertilizer will help.

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