Planting My Gardens

My Vegetable garden with Fanny grazing on the other side of the fence.

I was inspired to start a Three-Sisters Garden after reading Braiding Sweet Grass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.    That was eight years ago and my vegetable garden has changed every year since.

This year I’m growing garlic that my friends Kitty and Charlie gave me that I planted last fall.  (You can see how tall the leaves are on the left side of the garden.)

A couple of weeks ago I put in kale and lettuce seeds which are coming up (they are tasty already) and yesterday I  planted cilantro, dill, and sweetpea seeds.  Last week I planted potatoes that my friend Anne gave me.

Yesterday I got some organic plants from a local farm called Happenchance Farm.  They sell single plants which I like, my garden isn’t big enough for six of everything.  I got two tomato plants,  six cauliflower,  one squash, one zucchini, and a bunch of onions.

I also planted seeds in my back porch garden (tall marigolds, Zinnias, and poppies)  and filled some of the planters around the yard.  I put little metal fences around the seeds to keep Minnie from using the freshly-turned soil as her own private bathroom.

I had big plans today to do more gardening today, but after working on the apple tree and spreading more manure around the pastures, I’m not sure that I’m up for it.

Because it’s been so warm, I started planting early this year, so I’m not in such as hurry to get everything in the ground like I usually am.

I may just take the rest of the day to sit under the apple tree and watch the birds.

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