Saturday, June 20, 2009

Victory Garden.. wait it gets better!

This year I decided I was going to do a Victory garden (and by I, I meant everyone in my household!). I, of course, decided this in the dead of winter when there was about 2 feet of snow on the ground and the only signs of life were the chickadees on my birdfeeders (of which I have 10 or 11). I decided I was going to grow all my veggies and strawberries for the next 6-8 months. I read online about how lawns were wasteful and started in the Victorian Era as a decoration in yards of the wealthy. Everyone else used every plot of land they could to grow something or raise some type of livestock. So I thought in this day and age, no one has a right to keep a huge lawn when, (even if we didn't need it- which we do) there are people starving in our towns and schools. Not to mention the care and cost of a lawnmower- the oil and gas it requires, etc. This year I was going to be a responsible person and dig up the whole yard and put in a Victory Garden! (This was in Jan.- by March the Victory Garden was everywhere, go figure!) I also seemed to ignore the fact that actually putting it in cost quite a bit as well. So, of course, when it came time to do all of the work, I seemed to have forgotten my very vigilant ideals and we are still mowing a lawn every weekend. However, we did manage to do our part with this lil' bit:

I think I like this picture better with the sunlight streaming in...

That's corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, broccoli, green peppers, green beans and snap peas.

In this one below there are zucchinis, watermelon, summer, acorn and butternut squash.

They look a bit bigger in real life and the plants are definitely doing well, with all this rain we've gotten! I still have more tomatoes and peppers on the deck and a pumpkin patch I would like to start, as well as strawberry plants my 3yo picked out at the Farmers Market. I will get those in as soon as I figure a way to keep them from getting eaten by critters. She's already eaten 4 or 5 ripe fruits so they may just stay on the deck. I think all in all it's pretty good. We amended the soil as little as possible, used all organic seeds, plants and soil, laid newspaper and straw down to inhibit weeds and now we wait. it's not exactly a Victory Garden but it's a start in the right direction. Til' next time....ta-ta...

No comments:

Post a Comment