I apologize for falling behind so much in blog posting, but I plan catch up now that I am on vacation. There is an old saw that says the best things about being a teacher are June, July, and August, but I think of it as just a different phase in the yearly cycle. Now is when I get all those weekends back that I spent at Physics Olympics or Science Bowl or writing tests and getting mad at Microsoft Word, or fretting about all the stuff I had to get done. Now is when I can stay up late enough to go out and see friends, and watch movies from my Netflix queue, and do jigsaw puzzles! I can do more sewing projects and MAYBE, just MAYBE, organize my school files for next year.
But that is not what I want to talk about. I want to show off our garden, with some “before and after” photos and praise for my husband, who is tickled to be growing things he can eat. Never mind that he is growing a lot of cucumbers, which he does not eat all that much of. He told me this morning I could make pickles. Shyeah.
Anyway, remember that “cosmetic surgery” photo of the roses? Here is the “before and after:”
You’ll note the giant squash plant in the foreground. We’re doing a modified “three sisters” form of agriculture, apparently – call it two sisters and a cousin. Squash, beans, and roses. Though rather than try to pick beans out of the rosebushes, my husband has stuck some bamboo poles in the ground for them to climb.
Also, remember the peas that looked like mini-marshmallows? Here’s another before and after:
In between the rows of peas are my radishes and a surprise hosta. The peas are quite tasty, though we only get a few at a time. Here is a pea closeup:
This photo makes me hungry. Or maybe it’s just that I’ve spent the morning getting things accomplished, and it’s getting towards elevenses!
Things I can check off my list:
- Take winter wool clothing to the dry cleaner
- Take mail to the mailbox
- Remove growth of weeds from the curb in front of house
- Remove dead blossoms from roses
- Lop branches that overhang the stoop so it’s easier to avoid being soaked when coming in the front door (we’ve been getting a lot of rain lately, non-local readers)
- Clean out refrigerator of old leftovers
- Vacuum unfinished portion of the basement (where the cat’s box is – it had gotten so I didn’t want to walk past in bare feet)
- Write a blog post!
Yep, I think I deserve lunch now!