I love to garden with friends. With such a nice start to my week, my ambitions nearly exceeded my stamina yesterday. It had finally become time to work on garden D.
Its hard to decide where to put garden space. Gardens are a strange thing. They take up a lot of space physically and mentally. For 6 months my girlfriend and I have been talking about what to do with this space. I had to figure out what her vision for the space was and how I could fit in my needs. If you’re going to dig up so much space in a friends yard you need to make sure that friend will be okay with it. This is the biggest garden I’m putting in outside of my own yard. The last thing I want to do is anything that would put a wedge in this friendship.
It was with some trepidation that I gathered up my seeds and went to my girlfriend’s house. The worry was unwarranted. My sweet husband manned the tiller and our friend Gary mowed the grass. I admire my husband so much for being such an amazing machine. It’s like he can’t even feel the heat of the sun beating down on him. We decided to do four foot wide beds that were about 60 feet long. Soon my girlfriend and I were raking out the dirt and planting seeds.
We worked away and about 20 feet down the third row look at each other and giggled. We’d been discussing our plans for going to different farmers markets to sell vegetables and talking about the different vegetables we like. She is full of ideas and hopes to plant enough garden to cut flowers to sell from. The pleasant conversation and the working of the soil worked like magic on our souls. When we looked at each other we couldn’t help but giggle at the wonderful time we were having. Our work connected us and let us feel connected to the earth and everything around us. We planted 3 rows of vegetables and thought about how much of it we could possibly eat. Hopefully there will be enough to fill out a table at a farmers market after we have taken our share.
The day was hard work but we finished it with a sense of satisfaction. We also had the joy of knowing we had had a pleasant afternoon. Sustainability is easier with friends and it’s a joy to achieve with friends.
After this we sat with our gatorade and look at a book she had gotten at the library. I was impressed with all the fantastic projects it had in it. Easy simple ideas to really help around the garden. Check it out at the link below.
- Broom Corn
- Dill Bouquet Certified Organic Heriloom Seeds 600 Seeds
- Renee’s Garden Seeds – Zucchini Italian – Romanesco
- Seeds of Change 01127 Certified Organic Seed, Mercado Amaranth, 250 Count
- Climbing Italian Trombetta di Albenga Heirloom Squash Seeds 25 Seeds
- Watermelon Seeds Moon and Stars Certified Organic Heirloom Seeds
- Okra Seeds – ‘Red Burgundy’ Vegetable Seed Packet (100 Seeds)
- Certified Organic Seed Potatoes: Red Pontiac Seed Potato (2 Lbs.)
- Luffa Gourd Heirloom Seeds
- Lettuce Lollo Rosso (aka Lolla Rossa) Great Heirloom Vegetable 500 Seeds
- Rainbow Seeds® 200 Organic Strawberry Spinach Seeds Rare Tasty Berries
- Ferry-Morse 1568 Sunflower Annual Flower Seeds, Mixed Colors (1 Gram Packet)
- Lettuce – Heirloom – Slobolt
- Burpee 60189 Organic Swiss Chard Burpee’s Fordhook Giant Seed Packet
- Shiso Perilla Green & Red Seeds – .50 grams
- Winter Squash “Gold Nugget” USDA Certified Organic Seeds
Some of these are the brand I planted and some are not. They are the type however and I am providing these links for convenience sake. It is late and hot for lettuce, but these two varieties are supposed to be better in the heat and we will shade the beds where they grow.
We are so excited to see what our friendship will grow and how it will grow. I love gardening with friends. Try it!