Although I’m a little sunburnt and achy this morning, I’m so relieved to finally have our summer garden planted! Along with my dad’s help, yesterday my husband, the boys, and I planted eight 100-foot rows in our lovely new garden.
This is definitely the latest in May that we’ve put in a summer garden, but the weather has not been very forgiving this year! We had winter temperatures over spring break and Easter, then several cold snaps and very wet weather up until this weekend. Our spring garden only yielded a tiny bit of lettuce….the potatoes rotted in the ground, and the other seeds just never sprouted. Very discouraging to say the least.
But yesterday’s planting gives me hope! Two 100-foot rows of tomatoes, lots of peppers, pole beans (greasy cut shorts and Fortex), basil, summer and winter squash, and cucumbers (I feel like I’m forgetting something….). And warm weather for the rest of the week.
All this lovely space is not our own, however. We own a tiny suburban lot that we’ve gardened in the past, but it never produces much. We haven’t gardened it long enough to build up the soil much, so that’s the most likely reason. This year we asked our pastor if we could put a garden on a fertile piece of bottom land owned by the church. It’s near a creek for irrigation, and was the site of a community garden last year (they moved the community garden closer to the church this year). I mean, the worst that could happen is that he could say no, right? Well, thankfully he said yes! (It was more like a “sure, I don’t care….”). It’ s a lot more work than our home garden ever was, requires hauling a tiller back and forth, but it will also yield a lot more.
I used to feel jealous looking at blogs where folks owned lots of land, had lots of animals and garden space…..I won’t say I’m completely cured of that, but gardening on borrowed land scratches the itch very well. One day I’ll own my own farm, but until then this will do nicely. If you feel that way too, think outside the box! Ask your church, a nearby property owner with vacant land, a local business, etc. if you can put in a garden…..you may be pleasantly surprised like we were. Feeling very grateful this morning, sunburnt and all.
This post is linked with Heavenly Homemakers’ Gratituesday post.