But what else, whhhaaaaat else?
Oh, yeah, my weird garden!
Good thing Cari started a link-up about gardens or how else could I justify a post such as this?
Guys, did you forget? I'm super good at homeschooling? I even had a fancy interview about it.
So, HEAR YOU ME.
Science. Do you want to know what I've counted for Science since my days of homeschooling began a long, long, long 2 years ago? Do you want to know what you should count for Science for forever? A garden. You're welcome, you're welcome.
Here is our garden sitch, complete with perfectly mottled brown/green grass:
(6 weekish ago con Spiderman)
(now con a few heatwaves)
We don't have a huge backyard and we selfishly have hoarded most of it for socializing purposes, but, we do have 3 raised garden beds and some unfinished spots of dirt here and there in which weird things grow and I don't know why or do anything about it.
Last year the garden was basically an overgrown hell-hole by September and I never thought it would recover or be lovely ever again. I'm the type that tends to think that whatever is happening right now in this very moment is what will be forever and always, amen. It's a curse. (Anyway, back to September.) I remember bemoaning the fact that we had wasted any space on a garden, and we will never have another one like the first and how ugly and whine whine blah. But, what do you know? Spring rolled around like it always does and one day I weeded and another day I mulched and another day we seeded and what do you know? It happened again.
This year we started mostly everything from seed, in old seed trays, and then we transferred to the beds. I like to order seeds from here and I subscribe to this. Which is fun and comes recommended.
Last year we planted right into the beds and lost most of our seeds to who knows what and this year most of them sprouted. Accept for the damn Sugar Snaps. What the hell, Sugar Snaps? I bought six-packs of those and felt like a cheater (you are not a cheater if you do this, do not be like me).
I hope*** to rotate crops and reseed as production stops instead of just letting it grow into a wild and terrible tangle like last season. Here's to goals!
So, anyway, currently...
bed 1: zucchini, crookneck squash, kale, carrots, beets, broccoli rabe, thyme, lemon verbena, mint, weeds and accidental pumpkin (?!).
bed 3: 4 varieties of un-staked tomatoes, bell peppers, basil, chamomile, last years strawberries going strong under the chamomile and a mystery plant, perhaps cucumber (I hope).
I like to shroud our nasty chicken coop with natives like salvia and lavender. It both distracts from the chickenland and attracts bees and hummingbirds. Double winsies. Everything is coming up so nicely this year because I took a smarter-than-me friend's advice and chopped everything down to the nubs in winter.
We also have some pretty little figs and apples just starting to grow. Maybe this year will be the magical year when Johnny stops pulling all the green anything. Maybe not...
Guys, I'm not done yet. Hang on.
(here is one of the accidental tomatoes amongst the cigarette butts behind our firepit area*)(*so gross why I am even admitting this)
I love the kids getting the experience of watching the world come to life all around them. Sometimes because we tried, sometimes because we didn't try. I love the excitement that comes from finding a new baby veg that's grown from the mystery plant we have been trying to figure out for weeks. I love how when we got home from 3 days of camping they ran straight to the garden to check for any new growth. Science. I'm telling you.
Another one of my favorites this year is our milkweed. We planted milkweed for the first time this year with hopes of attracting Monarch Butterflies (they only lay eggs on milkweed, did you know that?) Anyway, I will be the first to admit that I totally didn't believe that it would work and guess what? I did. We have three baby hatchlings and they are cute and exciting
OKKKKKK END GIANT GARDEN POST