I have to say that I did not do too much knitting this weekend. A few rows to be sure but in the overall scheme of things, very little.

After complaining that I was not in the mood to plant, I did a lot of planting! I think the truth of the matter was I was not in the mood to go plant shopping. I even managed to plant a bunch of vegetables. This is really saying something ….. when we first bought this house, we put in a really pretty vegetable/herb garden. I had visions of puttering hours away back there, having fabulous fresh produce and even dreamed of a little greenhouse. Somehow that vision became a bit blurred around mid-summer. The heat, the dirt, the bugs …… ugh. This went on for years. I would start the season with stars in my eyes and end it with a bunch of tomatoes rotting on the ground in a weed infested dirt patch that I would completely ignore since it is at the very back of our property and easy to not see.

A few years ago, I began to wonder how many vegetables I could buy at the roadside stand for the amount of money I was shelling out each spring. The last straw came two seasons ago, when I caught my dogs actually eating the tomatoes from the vine! They were wandering amongst the plants having a feast. They did everything but ask me for a little salt to go with. So I let the idea of a veggie garden go, planted one patio tomato in a pot last year and that was that. No more guilt and it was all good.

Fast forward to this weekend …… as I was pulling my little wagon around the local nursery, something came over me and I brought home two types of tomatoes along with a pack of cucumber and zucchini! Was it being surrounded by all the earthy smells? Seeing the sweet little plants in their pots? being amongst gardeners? Who can say, but I thought ‘let me try this one more time’. I did not however spring for the expensive plants, the bigger ones with the heirloom titles in their fancy cardboard boxes. I simply grabbed a cell pack of each. My humble hopes for a veggie garden will only cost a bit of sweat equity. And there were indeed a number of back breaking hours in the garden trying to conquer the weeds and turn in some compost. But things are looking lovely now and I am not quite vowing, but making earnest public intentions to keep after it this summer. And if I keep a careful vigil, perhaps I will beat my mutts to the harvest!

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5_may_29_3I snapped this picture on the way back from the veggie garden – I never noticed how pretty at sunrise.
(probably because I’ve never been out there at sunrise …… the things I do for the blog!)

14 thoughts on “

  1. right- cucumber and zucchini should be easy? I gave up on gardens too after having them rot or dealing with deer eating them- not pugs ..Maybe I will try some potted ones when I get my plants next week. Up north we are about a week behind weahter -wise.
    Your flowers look beautiful.

  2. Ann, you’ve got me giggling here at work about the dogs..sheesh.. the boss is going to catch me reading my fav blog! Your yard is lovely and are those red chairs the ones you built? I can see some serious “kick back and have a cold one” going on back there!

  3. Growing up we had a dog who loved to eat the strawberries off of the vine. He was a strange dog, his favorite foods were carrots, grapefruit, and of course strawberries.

    Where’s the pork?

  4. We’ve had a vegetable garden for the last few years but this year we’re trying a CSA. So far, I don’t miss planting and weeding. I’ll keep you posted.

  5. You’ve been busy and it looks great!! I also love your house and I’d be there in a heartbeat, too (the deck, those chairs — it’s all so inviting!), if I could and if I wasn’t so busy at my own -AND- if we lived just a teensy bit closer.
    ; )

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