Which means that this girl is outside more than in, which also means that I’m not as online as often I usually am.
I’m creating a vegetarian work of art this spring…I’m thinking yellow and zucchini squash, burpless and English cucumbers, corn, tomatoes, jalapeno, poblano, banana, and bell peppers, eggplant, okra, herbs and just maybe some okra.
The hubs got on his tractor and used the backhoe to dig up and loosen the dirt so I could go over it (ok, just once, because it was getting dark) with Atiller the Hun, to try to level it out.
This is what it looked like last night:
Now, our tiller was nicknamed Atiller the Hun the first spring we had her, which was six or seven years ago. I wasn’t familiar with a tiller of this caliber, and while tilling up a strip of real estate behind the back fence (this was back before the squirrels discovered the corn we’d planted back there) I put this thing in reverse, and suddenly found myself pinned between Atiller the Hun and the next door neighbor’s chain link fence, with a wicked cut on my right calf. I had pretty much avoided using Atiller for several years for this reason.
However, there were only two Leland Cypress that could be considered potentially dangerous where the hubs had dug the plot for our own personal produce section. I figured what the hell…
So I got out there this morning, and spent about an hour getting all this dirt broken up and leveled. And there were NO injuries. I have to admit, I am quite proud of myself. No blood, no injuries…just sayin’. This is the “after” picture. That would be Atiller the Hun in the background:
In two weeks, I get to till in the compost/manure combo that we have stacked in bags on the deck. The tines will have to go a whole lot deeper than they did today, but I’m not worried. All that weight lifting I’ve been doing has made Atiller much easier to control and now she knows who is boss….
We were also able to sink the grapes, raspberry and blackberry the other weekend, and they are starting to green up and grow nicely. 🙂 I’ll keep ya posted…
Until next time…
So jealous of you having a garden! 😀 Can’t wait to hear about all the wonderful things you’ll be making from it! 😀
Ooh, looks lovely! I had a little vegetable patch once and it’s a lovely feeling; growing your own.
Your garden sounds delicious!!
Thank you! I can’t wait to get it planted!
Looks very good!!! If you like carrots, try purple dragon. They’re really good.
Love carrots…never tried to grow them, Rob…We did in California when I was a kid, but haven’t tried since. I do know that radishes grow well here, so maybe carrots, too! 😀
Try them! We grew them with only organic fertilizers and they were amazing. Interesting thing is that we had rabbits in our backyard and they didn’t bother anything. Seems like they preferred clover to carrots. Here’s a photo of the purple dragon:
Omygosh! How gorgeous would those be in a salad or on a plate! I’m assuming you started them from seed?
Yes, but you have to start them in the ground. You can’t start them in small containers or you’ll twist the root which is the carrot.
right…;) that’s how we did the radishes (radishii? LOL) – seeds right into the ground. They did REALLY well, but were they hot! 😉
Can’t wait to watch your garden grow! Happy Spring!
Thank you so much! I am so glad the cold seems to be on its way out! 🙂
Oh yum, I love the pictures and I’m so excited to hear how everything turns out! What fun!!
I will absolutely photo-journal the process. I am so excited for the corn…We usually do silver queen, and OMG, it’s soooooo good right off the stalk…. 🙂 ♥
Yum, I’m loving all the veggies!! That corn sounds so delicious!!
It, and the peppers, oh, and the squash are my favorites. This year will be our first eggplant year. We have our fingers crossed….
Oh, I LOVE eggplant!! I’m sure it will turn out wonderfully!!