Saturday, September 8, 2012

my humble garden

Back in May, my mom and I started out with this: 

There was a dinky little patch of rhubarb and some chives, left over from a few summers ago when my grandfather had a garden here. My dad prepared a larger space for us to plant, and my mom and I set to work.

One month later, we had a sea of green! I am so proud of us! The garden is still producing lots of lovelies. As of today, the tomatoes are finally turning red! Better late than never.

Garden 2012 = Success. More pictures to come...

Sunday, July 8, 2012

committment issues.... with gardening

Because I am a renter, I have difficulty investing my blood, sweat, and tears into the house or land. Perhaps this is silly, but I figure that one day I will have a real "home" and the dark cloud of impermanence will float away. Nothing is truly permanent, but I don't want to make the perfect little garden.... and then leave it in 1-2 years. I just can't. This is partially why my vegetable garden is in my parents' backyard (also - I wanted to work on the veggie patch with my awesome mom).

That said, I still hang pictures on walls and plant a few flowers. My mom gave me some greens to put in the front yard (to cover the grave-like plot of dirt where the water line was excavated last fall). I haven't perfected the art of watering and the summer has been harsh, but a few stubborn buds bloomed quite nicely. There's this red thing that is either a dahlia or related to it (I'm obviously a floral expert), an ivy-like garland, and some white poofy things in full glory right now. Before the heat set in, the bleeding hearts were doing quite well, and I almost had 2 poppies. Almost. But they died.

All in all, I feel like I have made some nice additions to the front yard here. When I do move on, I will have left something a little better for the next person without feeling as though I made a major investment. For now, there are lovely blossoms that greet me every day. Yesssss.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

time running

Is it really May? Spring has sprung? No joke? Where did the time go?

There it went.

I'm happy with my current pursuits, my family is healthy, and life is good. I have little room to complain. Still, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I find myself wondering why it took me so long to finish that book (if I finish it at all) or call back an old friend. I am excited about starting new art projects, but it's not happening. I keep tackling the inbox and running out of time...

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." Indeed, John. Indeed.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

that toddling town

My city. Right there, just below me, out the window...

I love it so.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

January snowflakes

"I never eat December snowflakes. I always wait until January."

Lucy may have had the opportunity to conduct a taste test with her fellow Peanuts characters, but I so rarely encounter a good snow in December, I feel that I have a January snow bias.

I don't think the Beastie Wild Things are too picky about the snow they eat. They sure enjoyed snacking on the snow that walloped us last week!

Grazing. Nom nom nom.

Yummy snow!

Photos by Justin Dodd

Saturday, January 14, 2012

garden planning

  Today was the big day: I ordered heirloom seeds from Baker Creek! My mom and I are starting a vegetable garden in her backyard this year. She has generously offered the space and some tending efforts so that I can grow my own salad. As a frequently-moving renter, I feel much better about having a plot in a permanent location, even if it means I can't poke around in it daily. I will be just fine with weekly gardening if the plants get the attention they need while I am away. And I know they will.

Inspired by bloggers and writers, friends and family, I have decided to step up my game from a basic, potted herb garden (though there will still be one) and the occasional tomato plant to something that takes up more space. I am really looking forward to it. I ordered beans, carrots, spinach, kohlrabi, tomatoes, kale, and onions. The garden will be trimmed with zinnias and marigolds to help fend off some little buggers, and there will be a low fence. This is basic, kids, but it's a start. I don't really know what I'm doing, but I know plenty of people who do. I hope I come out of this with modest success, and the confidence to expand!