Archives for April 2010

Garden Progress

It’s time for another garden update. I promise I’ll write about something else soon, but the garden is something I’m really enjoying and I find I want to share it. I’m especially pleased at the progress we’re making on the garden annex (my name for the expanded area of the garden we started this year). My husband has begun building a fence around this area to match the fence around the raised beds. The deer eat everything here, so all of our hard work, along with all of the plants, will be lost without a fence. Here are some pictures of the latest developments:

The corn has sprouted . . .

Teepees! We have teepees! For the pole beans, of course. . .

The kindest garden fence builder. . .

The radishes and carrots are up in the raised beds. . .

Garden Helper #1

Garden Helper #2

This garden isn’t perfect and neither is this life, for anyone. But if I slow down for just a moment and watch the plants sprouting from small seeds, and listen to my children giggling as they stomp and run and swing outside, and watch my husband haul yet another piece of lumber from the garage to the garden as he builds a fence for me, for us, without ever uttering a word of complaint, I think I can almost smell the sweet scent of perfection.

I’ll take these moments and be grateful that I was able to recognize them. Because soon enough, it will be time to make dinner, to fold laundry, to unload and reload the dishwasher, again and again and again. . .

Earth Day Pledge

Most of you know that this Thursday, April 22 is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. Rather than trying to accomplish Herculean feats of Green-ness, why not pledge to do one thing for the rest of the year?

Maybe you already recycle, why not pledge to turn off the water when you brush your teeth?

Maybe you’ve already switched your incandescent bulbs to CFLs, why not pledge to use fewer (or no) paper towels?

Maybe you already buy organic at the store, why not pledge to grow one food item on your own?

Maybe you already combine trips to save gas, why not pledge to walk or bike a little more?

The options are unlimited. Ultimately, though, choosing one thing and doing it consistently over the course of a year is far better than doing 10 things for one day and one day only.

Find something that matters to you, that will be fairly easy for you to implement, something that works with your lifestyle.

Then pledge to do it.

Let us know what you chose in the comments.

Photo Credit: Mrs. Logic

In the Garden

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

Planting radishes and carrots. . .

planting potatoes in boxes, an idea I got from Chiot’s Run. . .

watching the strawberry plant bloom. . .

getting the garden annex ready and planting corn.

Have you been in your garden?