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    Only Mostly Dead

    May 4, 2011 by Brandy Vencel

    Okay, what was I thinking? Whose idea was this whole garden thing, anyhow? Somehow, Son E. and I {along with a bit of help from the little girls and no help whatsoever from Toddler O.} managed to complete the first planting today. In a couple weeks, we’ll fill in the rest, in order to stagger our harvest a bit.

    Here is a map of our progress:

    Zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce, etc….Chances are, I planted some of these things too late, but I don’t care. We’ll just see what happens. I am quite accustomed to Garden Failure.
    What I am not accustomed to is racing the sun. The high temperature today is supposed to be 90 {or near it} and so we were hustling, trying to get it all done before lunch. We made it {by the skin of our teeth, as they say}.

    But now I must perish.

    Apparently I am not cut out for this line of work.

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  • Reply Mystie May 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I hope your magic soil allows your plants to grow and thrive this year. πŸ™‚

    Brandy’s Dad: Sounds like *you* have the poetic knowledge when it comes to gardening! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts May 5, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Kelly, Yes I think my son is baffled as to what is wrong with me. It is so easy for him.

    DAD {aka Anonymous} I do remember you trying to get me to do outdoor work…particularly weed strawberries if I am remembering correctly. I’m sorry I was such a baby about it!

    Oh. And quit bragging about your garden! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Anonymous May 5, 2011 at 2:58 am

    You would think that she would just follow what her dad does, but no. My zucchini is blooming, my garlic looks great, my peppers are starting to really grow and my tomatoes have began to rocket. Sometime you just can’t teach children. I guess I never used classical education. She read too many books and didn’t help me in the garden.

  • Reply Kelly May 5, 2011 at 12:16 am

    “Apparently I am not cut out for this line of work.”

    No kidding! If you aren’t raised to it you’ll kill yourself if you’re not careful.

    Your garden plan looks wonderful. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts May 4, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Mystie, My condolences on your sun’s demise! I am sure it’ll reappear soon. Summer is on the horizon, right?

    I planted seeds. I didn’t buy starts, and I cannot seem to do indoor starts on my own, either. I think if I had done at least some starts, there would be less of a chance that this was “too late,” but seeing that they are coming from seeds…I dunno. Then again, it was so cold up until this week that it might not have mattered much. I also have germination trouble if it isn’t warm enough.

    Perhaps my new magic soil will solve all my problems. πŸ™‚

    I look forward to you gardening post and pictures!

  • Reply Mystie May 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    At least you have sun! Today is our first sunny warm day of the season, practically. It has been unusually cold at night and blustery and even wet during the day. My plants have had a slow start because of it.

    Were you planting starts or seeds? I have decided that for myself, starting seeds indoors is a graduate-level activity. I will stick to putting seeds directly in the dirt until I get enough garden skill to move on to bigger and better things. πŸ™‚

    I am processing my garden pictures. Post coming tomorrow! πŸ™‚

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