Victory! is for Gardening.

13 May, 2009 § Leave a comment

I recently returned from a 45-minute veggie-strategery discussion with a red-haired, freckle-faced young lady with three green thumbs and a lot of love for the outdoors. A veggie discussion of strategic proportions? you may be wondering. What exactly is that? The answer is simple, my friends: gardening. Yes. As of last month, Robin and I both signed up to share responsibility for a 20×20 foot garden plot in a summer-long community garden project with various other faculty and staff members. And now, after our more intent planning session this morning, thoughts of plump cucumbers, dancing cilantro leaves and nodding sunflowers are already filling my head. And my tummy.  And my bank account.  Not only will we be practicing excellent stewardship through participation in a community compost pile and shared toil in the earth, we will also be saving on gas money (it’s a .4 mile walk one way up to the plots) and therefore on harmful emissions into the atmosphere – – PLUS we’ll be able to reap the vegetable-y benefit of our good, old-fashioned labors all year long if everything goes according to plan.

(Side-note: isn’t it funny that we have the choice to garden? Only a few generations back, they would have laughed in our faces if we had even suggested the idea of buying fruits and vegetables from a store…)

Anyways. I’m really, really, really looking forward to this project and plan on keeping a fairly regular, albeit informal, photo journal to track our progress throughout the upcoming months. If you enjoy it even half as much as I plan to, it will be a great time. And that’s that.

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Lettuce Alone with No Dressin’:
The Good, The Bad and the Fruity Involved in Gardening


#1: In Which Robin and Ellie Compile a List of Intended Produce

For sure, one of the best parts of our garden so far
(please note that the plot is
as of yet unnamed but not for too much longer…)
has been the beautiful and almost whimsical nature of the names
stamped proudly across the square seed packets we carefully
extracted from a large, bubble-wrapped yellow manila envelope this morning.

Here’s what we’re hoping to grow in pots:
Fine Verde Basic, Cilantro, Hamburg Rooted Parsley and Echinacea Purpurea.

The seedlings we’re planning on starting this weekend include:
Red of Florence Onions, Yellow of Parma Onions,
Contender Buff Valentine Beans, Lincoln Peas and Marigolds.

After June 1st, we’ll plant the following:
Royalty Purple Pod Beans, Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach, Waltham Brocoli,
Danvers Carrots, Giant Prague Celery, White Wonder Cucumbers,
Black-Seeded Simpson Lettuce, Sugar Baby Watermelon,
California Wonder Yellow Peppers,

Fordhook Acorn Squash and Evening Sun Sunflowers.



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