>Oh Garden, How I Love Thee

>The pics I just put up were taken almost 2 weeks ago now. In those pictures my plants look skimpy. I remember taking them and thinking how excited I was that they were so big then. Recently we had some nights with frost and Chris had bought a plastic tarp and tomato stakes to hold it in place. It was so cool that it actually worked.

The only thing that didn’t make it through the frost (well I’m assuming that’s what killed them) were the cucumber plants. We had two of them next to the two rows of broccoli. In the transplant process we had lost our squash too. I’m not sure what happened but they just weren’t happy at all.

The onions are from Kilpatrick. Michael was nice enough to give them to me for free. He said they should be ready at the end of August. We ended up getting some starts from the market. We got squash (to replace the dead ones), zucchini, and an Anaheim pepper plant. We put them right at the front of the garden.

We got more cuke starts, and we moved our sprouted carrots and chamomile in. I hope they do ok. The new cukes are much heartier than the first two starts and seem to be doing well. The tomato plants and broccoli are getting huge. There are even little baby broccoli coming up.

When I started my second round of seeds, I tried for a few more squash. I got nothing. When I moved the tray outside to harden them before transplant, still nothing. A few days later, when I started to move things over, I noticed a tiny little sprout from one of the squash seeds. I figured if it was going to try and live, I’d help it along. I put it into the garden and it’s been growing like crazy. I’m glad I didn’t chuck it into the compost.

I’m going to take more photos as it keeps growing and growing. It’s been really fun to watch it so far. I don’t even mind watering and weeding because I get to spend time out there checking on everything and watching it progress. I’m truly enamored by all of this, which seems silly because 100 years ago, when everyone knew how to grow food (more or less) I’m sure they completely took this for granted.

I hope in my lifetime enough people grow their own food, that it becomes common and as ordinary as morning coffee.

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