Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Great Great Great Great Grandma Neilson, I did it!

I planted my Garden!! For Mothers Day Ryan's Grandpa Best and brother Casey came over and rototilled me a garden spot. It sat vacant and lonely, as I am sans my husband and with baby, it's a scary task to take on alone.

Remember my attempt at doing veggie starters inside? Well they all survived until I transplanted them into those cardboard jiffy pots. That didn't go over so well. The cardboard sucked up all the water I put in so I could never keep them watered enough. Some survived including all the peas. So here's the 3rd transplant, right into the garden. (Stupid cardboard jiffy pots)

After the transplanted peas I put in a WHOLE row of more peas. I will be eating peas until next summer! (Assuming they grow of course...and grow peas.)

WHOOP WHOOP! As I was "gardening" I reflected on my ancestors, and how this used to be their equivalent of grocery shopping. I thought how amazing they were, their wealth of knowledge and I wished that that knowledge had been passed to me. How humble their lives were. What mattered to them really mattered, pride wasn't a luxury they had. To them Pride was being able to grow a straight and fruitful garden. Straight being the key word, look at this row! I can hear my Great Great Great Ma and Pa Kettle laughing at me, "has that Sister Marley never seen a straight line before?" "Look at that Sister Marley and her floopy Garden." "I am glad all my wives know what a straight line looks like". Ya, well, I am going to pass the buck to my nicer relatives that helped rototill this garden, they started it crooked.

See when you look at it from the side you can't tell it's floopy. Thats the trick. I only got the first row planted, so I'll keep you updated. Hopefully this fall I will have some yummy veggies to pick from!


  1. Good Job! It will be great.

  2. You are better than me, I look at your garden and think man that is big and alot of area to weed. But once your veggies grow that will be great.

  3. Gardening is the best! It keeps me going outside and I love eating my own veggies! And they taste better than store ones. Good luck with that Alaska weather. This Arizona weather brings its own challenges as well. But we are strong. Miss you. And I keep looking at her and those pictures all day too. I'm in love.

  4. Wow, it's beautiful! Seriously! I would love to have such a huge garden like that! I can't wait to see it as it grows, keep sharing the pictures!

  5. I LOVE the connection I feel to Mother Earth when I garden. It gives me a good chance to reflect and be in touch with my inner self, too. Great job! And my experience is that the floopy-ness goes away once the plants are big, and fills in the blank space a little bit.