Noah mowed the lawn on Sunday afternoon. When he was done the front yard, he yelled at me through the window. “Hey, Jen! Jennifer! Guess what I found on the ground?”
I don’t like fall. After fall comes winter and I loathe winter. And fall means football. I don’t hate football, but I certainly do not like it. At all. If there was a scale from LOVE to HATE, where 10 was LOVE and 1 was HATE, I would be at about a 1.2. Maybe a 2, on some days, but that’s still much closer to hate than love.
(But not sorry enough to try to love it.)
I’m trying to find things I like about fall, though, and the girls going back to school is definitely one of those things. I love having them at home, yes, and I love not having to leave the house, or waking babies from naps, or doing emergency runs with forgotten items, but they need something to keep their minds busy. Badly.
Liliana absolutely loves school. Besides the days where the Mean Girls get Kaylie down, so does she. Both girls love learning and thrive in a structured environment where they are surrounded by other kids. (Although that is sometimes also Liliana’s downfall, as all the kids will not DO HER BIDDING, but that is another post all together.)
One thing that I am enjoying about the impending fall part of the year is produce from my garden. My very favourite thing is fresh-from-the-garden cherry tomatoes, but I’m also really enjoying zucchini, too. Sauteed in butter and garlic with also-from-the-garden peppers, red onions, and tomatoes, it is quite delicious. (Thank you so much, Lisa, for teaching me to cook zucchini.) Sometimes I put some Asian-Style Ginger Sauce (from M&M Meat Shops) in the mix and it is absolutely fantastic.
I took the babies outside for a bit Monday morning, and this is what I picked while they were playing in their trampoline cage:
There are more onions, but I only needed one for lunch. The beans are Melissa’s, but my zucchini plants are producing LIKE CRAZY. They’re so big and squished now, though, that the zucchinis have to be picked when they are smaller because there just isn’t room for them to grow any bigger.
The pumpkin plants, too, are completely taking over the entire garden. It’s ridiculous. The largest pumpkin, about 2 inches in diameter, is growing on the other side of the peas, by the cherry tomatoes. Nowhere near the actual pumpkin plant. Bullies, that is what the pumpkin plants are.
Later in the afternoon I went back out to get some green onions for Melissa and I found four more zucchinis the size of the largest one in the photo above on her plants. Hers are a tiny bit behind time-wise because she planted hers from seed whereas I planted mine as seedlings (is that what they’re called?). I also went to check on the potatoes, to see how The Potato Experiment was doing. I pulled up one plant from each section.
The ones on the left, the red ones, are from one of the plants under the poop. The one on the right, the white ones, are from two of the plants under the grass. I’d meant to only grab one plant, but, well, they’re kind of intertwined. I’ll wait a while longer before I harvest any more potatoes, but they’re coming along nicely. I’m not sure which — the poop or the grass — is producing better potatoes. The poop plants were planted a bit after the grass ones, so are a bit behind, but otherwise they are quite equal. And both repel weeds quite nicely.
Now, I feel like I have to mention something. I’m not posting garden posts to brag about being an awesome gardener. Because I am not. (An awesome gardener, that is.)(Or bragging, either.) I’m posting because I suck at writing things down. This here blog is my writing things down. It’s not me that is great, but the gardening method. The weather. The sun. The Lord. I don’t grow things, He does. I just help. Just like I didn’t create my children, He did. I just helped. I was the oven. I am the gardener. I just weed once in a while (read: twice since I planted back in June) and water when I remember. The Back to Eden method? The square-foot method? They are incredible. They are why my garden is so fantastic.
I’ve learned quite a lot, this first time around. And there are some things I am going to do different next year. Namely:
- The squashes will be spaced further apart. Zucchinis and pumpkins take up A LOT of room, apparently. I’m going to put them more to the back of the garden next year. Maybe at the very back. And put the potatoes in front of them. And then everything else.I might also plant just one of each plant. They produce a lot.
- I’m not going to plant any leafy veggies. Spinach, lettuce, etc. It all seems to be ready at the same time and I am the only one who eats it. I could taper my planting, but I am far too lazy to do that.
- The peas will be planted in a row, not in a square-foot. I really like the square-foot method for everything except peas. Having them in a big clump is really annoying. It’s hard to string them up and it’s hard to get at the pea pods. Maybe I’ll put a row of them against the garage. NOTE TO SELF.
- The seeds will be planted and then covered in grass/mulch. This year I did a few that way, when I came to my senses, but before that I’d laid the grass/mulch, poked holes in it, planted, and then re-covered. The former way is much more efficient.
That’s all I can think of at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll think of more as I go. Oh, and I will plant more onions. Big ones, not just the little green onions.
Noah keeps talking about how much he wants to buy a house next year, and all I can think of is it had better have room for a garden.