Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rodney's garden

I have full charge of my herbs, planted in pots on our porch, while Rodney has full charge of his garden. I call it "Rodney's Garden" because of the stage of life we're in. It's been difficult to work for long periods down in the garden. Between my baby who still takes two naps a day and the everyday chores that fill my days, Rodney has spent the majority of time planting, weeding, tilling and watering the garden.

The fence for our garden has only successfully been able to keep out our 3 year old, who would much rather have free reign to dig and stomp over baby vegetables. 
 But the sad face doesn't last long. She has plenty of opportunity to help her mommy and daddy water and plant seedlings inside the garden too. When we first moved back to Illinois, Abigail fell into torrents of tears whenever she had to walk down or up the hill, and she didn't like the grass or dirt. Our city girl is still very much a city girl, but she is learning to enjoy being dirty and spending time outdoors.

I took these pictures so long ago, it feels silly to post them as our garden has changed significantly in the last 4 weeks. So I'll let you get a feel for the size of our garden and will plan to take some new pictures soon. We've harvested red potatoes, radishes and our first two cucumbers. Unfortunately, the deer found our red beets and lettuces tasty.They have also sampled our peas, corn and beans as well. So between the voles and deer, it's been a challenging first garden year! But the tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, asparagus, rhubarb, and vine plants seem to be doing well! 

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