Thursday, February 17, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Mary, Mary… quite contrary… how does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row.

Of course that nursery rhyme reminds me of a garden. Too bad the actual origin is about Henry VIII's daughter Mary's constant slaughter of the Protestants in England for not converting to Catholicism during her reign. Fairy tales are usually not as warm and fuzzy as we would like to believe.

Anyway.. enough about the history lesson.

Today is the day that I actually sit down with the computer and put in the order for the seeds for the garden. How exciting! I'm a bit behind this year because I've been busy and I had to actually look again to see what we needed to order. We have been waiting for the snow to melt so I could look at the different targeted growing areas around the yard. You know me, I never do anything the old standard way because nature never grows in straight lines so neither does my garden.

Along with the garden, there will be so many flowers to plant. Along the privacy fence line I'm planning on large beautiful sunflowers, hollyhocks and some sort of shorter, ground covering flowering plant that I haven't quite decided on yet. I already have those picked out from the catalog that arrived back in January so it's just a matter of plugging in the order to the website.

There is a large area of green space between the house and the driveway in the back yard and it will soon start to take on the look of an old fashioned cottage herb garden. Sage, lavender, chives, oregano, carefully guarded mint, lettuce, rosemary, cornflowers and I'm going to throw in some bachelor buttons and snap dragons just for good measure. A sitting area with a small table and chairs will be nice. That way I can write outside in the sunlight this year during the day while enjoying the scents and the beauty of the surrounding that hard work will be creating.

Toward the back of the yard is where the vegetable garden will be. Corn, green beans, okra, tomatoes, onions, carrots, peppers, cucumbers and watermelon. Don't worry, I know not to plant watermelon and cucumbers too close together. They will be on opposite sides. I made that mistake one year not even thinking about it and the resulting fruit was just gross!

I'm oh SO looking forward to the harvesting, eating and canning. I hit an unbelievably excellent score yesterday while at the local Goodwill Shopping Outlet. Not just one, but two large canning pots! They even had the lids and the racks with them. It took so much willpower not to just haul off and squeal like a five year old little girl! Both of them together might have cost me $3 when they weighed my cart for check out.

It will be nice to be able to get away from eating genetically altered vegetables this year. (Monsanto can suck it as far as I'm concerned. Google them, go to the other sites besides theirs and you'll be shocked what you find out.) My seeds are coming from a company who deals strictly with non GMO altered inventory and they test their seeds every year to make sure that they are as natural as they were 30 years ago. I realize that there is no way to get away from it because of the meat and wheat factor but we will be cutting it down quite a bit. I'm just not ready to start trying to raise and kill our own chickens, pigs and cows and grow the non GMO corn to feed the animals to stay away from their complete cycle of genetically altered food… yet.

As soon as the seeds arrive I will do my starters for planting this spring. Get a bit of a jump with the growing season with some of the plants. I'm on pins and needles. Maybe it is just spring fever. Or maybe it's because I've just been dying to get back into the dirt. Maybe it's the excitement of not having to think about the fact that we will be getting back to the same quality food that was there when I was a kid. Whichever reason I choose, I just know this is going to be fun and satisfying.

If I has one wish, it would be to go back in time 200 years for just 12 daylight hours. To smell unpolluted air, taste untainted water and eat at least one meal of unpolluted food.

Happy Thursday my friends! I can't believe this week is almost gone already.

1 comment:

  1. Agreed to much crap in the food now a days, but then unless you want to kill your own chickens and stuff, you're screwed for the most part to get away from it completely.

    Going back in time 200 years might not be the best bet, as yeah the food and water were untainted by genetic crap, but sometimes they were tainted by actual crap and germs and all that


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