Sunday, May 18, 2008

Hold on to your hats!

Two posts in one day! This was a big deal for me, so it had to be blogged about.


We worked on the yard today. We were working before we left for Annie and then after. I was on a mission. I hung up a hose thingy I bought last spring and I planted my first garden.

Stop laughing...all of you hush your mouths. My three little containers will provide some yummy salad for my family in 50-70 days...so there. This is my very first attempt at growing anything real. So I planted some tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, lettuce and strawberries. (My girls are praying for our little crop, so I have a good feeling about it.)

A few weeks ago there was a meeting at church where instead of teaching a regular lesson, they had the men and women combine for a lesson on gardening. Yes, gardening. I pretty much tuned it out from the moment I saw a flip chart on watering. Aric and I had conversations without saying a word for about 40 min. He would make a face, squeeze my hand or leg when someone would make some crazy comment about, frost, thinning or fertilizing. WHAT!!??? We tried to be as adult as possible during the lesson and very respectfully took the handout that was provided. When we got home, we were like, "that was weird". I put the handout somewhere and we moved on with life. Over the course of the past few weeks that handout kept finding me. And a catchy little tune I learned in Primary kept coming into my mind...

"The prophet said to plant a garden, so that's what we'll do,
We'll till the ground with rich brown soil and rain and sunshine too,
And if we plant the seeds just right and tend them carefully,
Before we know, good things will grow, to feed our family."

For those of you who know this song, you know how catchy it is. So I caved and decided to follow the council the best way I knew how....whiskey barrel container gardening!

Oh and this is just a funny picture of the girls and the "soy sauce dinner" they made with dirt/water (aka mud) weeds, grass, rocks and fake flowers they found in the garage. Clearly we need a real garden!

10 comments:

Lindsey said...

Awwww, I am proud of you! You will be so happy that you did it! I can't wait to see it grow!

Erin said...

Good for you!!! You are a big step ahead of me. That's on my list of "someday" things to do. We're members of a CSA since I'm petrified of planting (and, I'm sure, subsequently killing or neglecting) our own garden!

Melissa-Mc said...

It looks like a great start to me! Way to go.

calibosmom said...

Good for you-you'll probably enjoy gardening because you started small. I love the whiskey barrels! Annie does teach some good lessons in an unusal way but the music is addictive.

AMY said...

Hopefully one of you will have a green thumb. If not, don't you dare blame the Sampson's for ill advice. We'll see you can grow the best garden - it's on!

Penny said...

This is my first time ever having a garden so we'll see...
I truly have a hard time believing that I will actually be able to grow something that we can eat. I told Bethany that we should all grow different things so that when we have truck loads of squash, cucumbers, etc. we can all share. Good luck! I have a feeling we will BOTH need it!

Shally said...

I soooo am not a green thumb-- but I would like to be! Good for you for attempting a garden-- keep us informed on if you kill it or not. ;)

Lauren said...

Those Primary songs get me every time! Good for you planting your garden :)

I loved the, "all of you hush your mouths." You are so cute!

Ilene said...

Shucks, back in our LL house we had raised beds with sprinklers in them and phenomenal strawberry plants. I spent a week in fall clearing out the weeds so I could be a real-life gardener this summer.

Then we moved. We now have no fun ready-made garden beds nor any whiskey barrels. So what does that mean?

I will buy my produce yet another year. I may get some tomatoes in the ground though. You can't beat home grown tomatoes.

Hey, container gardening is cool. I am not laughing. I'm just surprised you haven't painted those barrels yet...

KARA said...

I AM IMPRESSED WITH YOUR BARREL GARDEN- BRAYDEN & I EVEN PLANTED PUMPKINS IN OUR BARRELS LAST SUMMER- I FIGURE ITS A GOOD INTRODUCTION TO GARDENING AND WE CAN GET MORE DARING NEXT YEAR-MAYBE! PAINTING THE BARRELS WOULD LOOK NEAT LITTLE MISS PAINTER!