Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Growing Gardens and Babies

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Busy last few days with Diver/Mr. Jo/my husband returning home for the weekend, mother-in-law visit, and inauguration day fixation. I literally could not remove myself from my television screen. It was so exciting, so monumental, so dignified, and so profound. So inspiring.

I've been working a lot in the garden trying to get my flower beds ready for more planting. All my bulbs are up so I know where they are to plant some larger flowers. I am trying to kind of create a perennial structure to my flower beds that will be it's mainstay and then I can sort of accessorize with annuals. I had been replanting the whole thing every year but between the vegetable garden and the flowers beds, I don't have the time anymore. So this way I can just do some fun periphery annual plantings every spring and focus most of my attention on the vegetable garden.

I am really excited about my vegetable garden this year. I am planting almost exclusively heirloom varieties, and have been working compost in throughout the year, just digging in whatever kitchen scraps I have available. Nothing too scientific.

The plan is to rent a rototiller this weekend and dig in some fertilizer, We have never done this so I am hoping this will add yet another dimension of growth to our garden. There is just something so amazing about having this little oasis of a backyard. It makes me so happy. And Babou loves it too!

But she has been a little bit of a pain lately with it running through the flower beds breaking bulbs and smashing seedlings. Does anyone else have this problem and come to a conclusion? I want the garden to be hers too but don't know how to keep her out of it during the delicate stages? Any words of wisdom? Ideas? So far I have been yelling "NONONONO" and physically taking her out of the space and trying to give her her own little place and tools to work while I work. That lasts about one minute before she is back. Aiii! All advice welcome! Thank you!


ms. changes pants while driving said...

electronic fence. not a HIGH volt or anything, i'm not a monster! just a little jolt.

she's so cute!! i love her jeans! and her cheeks!

a friend of mine has worms for compost. have you tried that? the worms live in this thing, and you put your compost in with the worms. and the worms digest it and leave their worm juice. or something.

i do not garden, nor do i have children. can you tell?

ophelia rising said...

How lovely that you have such a wonderful garden! I just love it. I hope to get a bit more into gardening this spring, especially with my kids, now that they are both getting older. Yours is beautiful, and you are definitely inspiring me.

I love that you share your garden with your little one so freely. That is so important for her. You are giving her an amazing gift. I don't know what to tell you about keeping her out. I'd probably do the same thing you're doing. The idea of giving her her own little space is a good one - complete with her own tools and seeds, etc. Sorry I couldn't be more help! I'm sure I'll run into the same problem when we plant our gardens in the spring, and then I'll let you know what transpires.

She is beautiful. :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh man, there is no easy way to keep little people out of gardens--my kids go into them, fence or no fence. They do stop when they're about 4--but hopefully Babou, being a girl child, will be brighter than my sons!

Jo said...

Thank you all so much for all the great advice--I am just short of installing am electric fence believe you me but am trying to think of it as a patience and consistency builder for me--that even sounds disgusting as I am writing it!

Vegetable Garden Planting said...

Sow seeds for spring planting LOLOL..