Monday, February 23, 2009

Garden update

This weekend it was too cold for my Southern bones to get much done, but I did get one end of my raised bed planted with four short rows of snow peas.

I had tilled the beds before we went out of town, and was happy to see that most of the weeds and grass which overtook them were gone. However, Annie-7 was disappointed when I told her we had to take our shovels and break the 1/2" of HARD crust which had formed on the surface of the dirt in my absence. I'm learning. Next time it's going to be till-then-hurry-up-and-plant!

But after an hour of that, we got to plunk those big, fun seeds 2" in the ground! She was a great helper, and we were having so much fun we forgot the camera! ACK!

For inspiration, I've been researching about the Victory Gardens of World War II. Oh, how I wish I could look this good (well, except maybe for that hat??) whilst I cast my seed upon the warm earth!Americans - even city folks with no previous gardening experience and postage-stamp-sized yards - were encouraged during WWII to grow their own gardens so that commercially canned goods could be sent to the boys overseas. Even Eleanor Roosevelt planted a Victory Garden at the White House! Over 20 million gardens were grown in 1943, supplying an amount of equal to 40% of all commercial production! Wow! (Here's a bit on the history and with some links to similar Canadian and British efforts)

Personally, my VICTORY will be just getting something - anything - to grow that's even remotely edible. If I can learn to can and/or freeze, it will be just that much sweeter!

Today, a Victory Garden carries with it the idea of going organic and using heirloom (not hybrid) seeds, such as the ones found at Heirloom Seeds or Victory Seeds, but it's not necessary, of course. Plant what you like and what you know your family will eat. NO Brussels sprouts for us.

This week I'm going to work the rest of my beds and plant the rest of my spring garden seeds, since we are only a few weeks away from our last frost date.

I've also been made aware of a new circle at The Motherhood (okay, they just keep sending me emails!) called Raising our Kids & a Garden, Too!. They are hosting a live chat today with a horticulturist who will answer your gardening questions. They are drawing 10 winners to receive seeds to grow up to $650 worth of veggies. Just for posting a note that you are planning to plant a garden this year! What a deal!

Hopefully I'll post pics later this week....

9 comments:

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said...

Enjoy the gardening! I can't wait until we've got the time to start working on one of our own =) We wouldn't have brussel sprouts either lol. Good luck!!

Jen said...

We still have frost here...so I'm still a couple of weeks out. But starting the herb garden this week.

Mary said...

It's going to be a while before I can plant anything, but I'm planning my own Victory Garden this summer. I've never grown more than a couple of tomato plants before but I'm going to build some raised beds and just go crazy this year. It's funny, every time I think of my garden I think "Victory" garden but you are the first person I've heard mention the term. I can't help but think about my parents and grandparents living through the depression as our country is in so much trouble right now. I'm hoping to grow enough to help out with the grocery bill a bit. That's what Olivia Walton would do right?

Susanne said...

I cannot believe you're planting seeds already. I'd have to dig through the snow first and hope my shovel didn't break in the cold, hard ground if I did that today.

I love fresh grown produce but me and gardening don't see eye to eye. ;v)

Jeffry and Morgan said...

Ok, I've never planted a garden before, but I really want to this year. I have no idea where to start. Could you maybe post about some ideas?? Thanks!!

Annie said...

Oh we still have a few months before we can get out in the garden...

She's So There said...

Madison and I have gardened small gardens the last three years. The past two years in above ground garden boxes Les made. While we have enjoyed the food and especially the last two years cutting gardens we did as a treat, this will be our first real try at the Alabama garden...we loved seeing all the cotton growing, but this year hope to grow sunflowers and vegetables as well as a cutting garden. We'll start our seeds indoors this week...
hugs
S

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said...

Thanks so much for the comment and the congratulations! I'm glad that you liked pregnancy too. It seems like there are so few people out there who enjoyed it and it's always nice to know I'm not a total freak of nature =)

Makila said...

Katherine,
I heard this story on klove today and thought of this post I read the other day. (I hope this link works)

http://www.firstpresevansville.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=127&Itemid=56

I got to this link from the klove news page. You can listen to the story on klove.com

:)
Makila