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a lesson in gardening

Well it seems as though Mother Nature has a way of self-righting things. I’ve described to my new blog buddy over at http://kitchendilettante.com that I’ve been having problems with our little raised bed garden.  She’s got it rough, too living in the searing desert in Phoenix, AZ.

But my problems are apparently due to me not knowing what the hell I’m doing.

And so my little garden was looking quite puny.  My zucchini had giant leaves but nothing resembling fruit.  Same thing with the squash.  The tomato plant looked awful… the leaves were curled and kinda brittle.  The lettuce was dying a slow death.  The peppers and onion already dead.  The only thing that seemed to be doing ok was our little watermelon vine.  A couple of weeks ago we saw the first little yellow flowers and then about a week ago we saw the teeniest, tiniest little hint of what looks like a melon.

So in comes Mother Nature to give my garden a fighting chance.  We had a quite a bit of rain the past couple of days… hours of soft drizzle then shifting to a quick 20 minute burst of heavy rain being dumped.  Then a little break, back to more drizzle then more heavy rain all while having lots of dark clouds.

So this morning, we had the sun break through.  It must have rained a little through the night because the ground is still pretty soggy and the sidewalk and driveway were still wet.   It was really humid but no more rain.  The Deistette and I went out to the backyard to let our dog Charlie out (who had been holding it in for two days since he is completely neurotic about rain, thunder, and lightening among other things).

Here’s Charlie being neurotic.

Anyway, so we went into the backyard and this is what we found!

Happy tomato plant!

a flower on the squash!

our melon got bigger!

wherein the Deist and Deistette praise God OR….

W E ‘ R E   F A R M E R S !!

So during the four weeks when I was doing the demolition and reconstruction of our kitchen (see post below) I decided since I was in a building kind of mood I would construct a little raised garden bed.  “Little” is the key word here.  It’s only two and a half feet by five and a half feet.

It’s really cool though.  I can hardly believe it. (click the thumbnails to see bigger pics)

Emmie and I have talked about doing one since… well since before we even met.  For a little more than a decade I’ve had the notion of living off the land, raising a few chickens and goats and having a garden that could sustain my family.  Keep in mind I know nothing about country living or farming and ranching but like I said for years I’ve had the desire to do this. I even bought my own little piece of Texas about nine years ago with the hopes of doing it some day.

Emmie told me when we first met online that she has had the dream of being able to have her own vegetable garden for years as well.

Well, she ain’t much but here it is.

Our little plot of earth that will soon release her bounty.  🙂  And with God’s good grace and laws of physics He has set in place (and hopefully despite my complete lack of knowledge) we will have at least some fresh veggies from our own garden.

We started by planting seeds back in February.  That may have been a bit early but like I said we don’t really know what we’re doing.  Continue reading