2012 Garden, the beginning.

This year, Hubby prepared the soil early on our big garden, turning it under, adding fertilizer, turning it under again. A few weeks ago, he planted a couple rows of onions. A few days ago, I added leeks next to them and we talked about planting everything, but it was late in the day and Hubby had a job come up that took him out of town for the better part of two weeks and it seemed like when he was in town, it was raining or had just rained.

On Thursday, Hubby returned about 2 p.m. and I informed him that rain was forecast for that night and Friday. We headed out with our hats and hoes and got to work.  When people talk about back-breaking work, I think they were talking about gardening, specifically planting. It’s also hard on the legs. I took a quick break to apply sunscreen and grabbed some Gatorade light for us both. We got tired, but kept digging in–literally–until it was almost too dark to see.

Finally we had the complete garden planted with green beans x 2, lima beans x 2, Crowder peas, okra, 15 tomato plants in 5 varieties, radishes, 3 kinds of squash, corn, watermelons, 5 jalapeno peppers and 5 banana peppers. The onions and leeks are in the foreground of the 1st picture, too close to the camera for me to get everything in the picture.

Second picture is of our mini garden inside the backyard. Yeah, we need to weed. Before we bought the place, it had been vacant for a year. Grass and weeds took over so we’re still fighting them. After this rain, the ground will be super easy to hoe and we left enough room in between the rows to till it up.

Meanwhile, on the back deck I’m trying a new (at least to me) tomato plant…a Patio Tomato. It’s supposed to be super sturdy and compact with small, but tasty tomatoes. We shall see, but right now, it’s early in the season yet it has 10 tomatoes growing. Yum… I luvs me some home-grown ‘maters. Guess that’s why I have 15 plants of them.

Thunk! I just had an ‘Oh, s**t’ moment.

Did I say 15!?!  We’ll be overrun with tomatoes if they all produce. I’d better go check my canning supplies.

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About Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn

Carol Burnside is an award-winning author of the Sweetwater Springs series of contemporary romance with serious sizzle and a variety of other works, some written as Annie Rayburn. Her novel length manuscripts have placed in numerous contests and won five, including the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence. Carol / Annie blogs here and on www.PetitFoursAndHotTamales.com.
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4 Responses to 2012 Garden, the beginning.

  1. Michele says:

    Wow, this sure shows the truth of my belief that everything is relative! I think I have a big garden, but looking at the size of yours, mine is tiny! Husband here is almost done building a good, solid fence around the big plot after several years of a flimsy chicken wire one. Can’t wait to get planting!

  2. Big or bigger, they all take a lot of work. Good luck with that planting. I’m still sore from our marathon planting session.

  3. tamibrothers says:

    Very cool, Carol! I love all three ideas. Just showed hubby the fencing you guys have around your gardens. Looks great. We’ve been kicking around the idea of fencing and so far, yours is my favorite look. You’ll have to tell us how those patio tomatoes turn out. I like how healthy they look. :)

    • Tami, the white fencing was already there. The other fencing Hubby did using steel posts, regular wire around, then finished the bottom off with chicken wire to keep out the rabbits. Above that is straight wire with flagging on it to alert the deer as to the height. So far only one rabbit has found it’s way in and no deer. Yay!

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