Monday, March 26, 2012

when true simplicity is gained, to bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed

We spent Saturday afternoon putting compost on the gardens and finishing the garden fence.  When we got it done we shouted at the chickens, "Pwned!"  Then we started a fire in our fire pit to burn all the garden detritus from last year, and oops the fire turned into an inferno and escaped the ring and burned a little bit of the grass around the bricks, but now we don't have a bunch of long grass growing up next to the fire.  So, win.  We roasted brats and hot dogs and marshmallows, and John and I were both able to create the perfect toasted marshmallow--brown and crispy outside, warm gooey liquid all the way to the center.  It was quite an achievement, especially the fact that both of us did it on the same night.  It's just another example of how we are equally yoked.  Willa only got one glob of marshmallow in her hair, and Ike only got a little bit of marshmallow on his shirt and a little bit of mustard on the back of his shirt.  Emmett cleaned out the chicken coop and it looks wonderful.  Grant helped with the compost spreading and turning, and mulched all the trees for us.  We were like Appalachian Spring to the max. 

My goal today, once I get the town stuff done, is to get the peas planted, and the garlic that some kind and generous neighbors/fellow members of the bee & goat collective gave us when we dropped off our beehive for improvements.  The garlic smells spicy and green and I can't wait to try it this fall.  Thank goodness for smart, industrious people who like to share. 

I need to find some golden beet seeds and some more tomato cages.  My favorites are those big heavy-duty green ones that cost like twenty bucks apiece.  But they're the best!  They never ever tip over, and they look nice instead of janky. 

I bought a cherry tree and a combination apple tree from Costco.  They were so cheap!  And bare root, which means less digging and quicker acclimation to our awful soil.  Did I tell you that already?  The apple has grafts of Fuji, Golden Delicious, Gala and Honeycrisp, which is a major coup.  The cherry is a Lapins, which according to the plastic bag is a good companion to Stella, which we already have.  Cherries are the best, unless you suffer from gout, like my grandpa. Now I need an apricot tree and we'll be set.  I would love to try a pawpaw, though.  I dare not attempt peach trees, for they are too fussy.  Instead I will patronize the crap out of Sumida's and count myself blessed. 


Nate, Claire & Norah said...

Ahh! Some of my happiest memories are getting the garden ready and having the first campfire of the year! Good work you guys.