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Art and Gardening (Not Necessarily in That Order)

May 11, 2010

“Say What?” – Collage, 4 x 4″

This little collage is one of several that I did last week. So much going on here right now, and not a lot of it involves creating art. If you know me at all, you know that this can make me very antsy.

Tomorrow there’s a family gathering at my house to celebrate my two aunts’ 95th and 91st birthdays! There will be about a dozen people, and though I don’t have an actual dining room any more, we will bring a studio table into the living room to accommodate the overflow.

It will be a Southern menu, similar to the one I did last week for supper — fried chicken and all the trimmings. I’m in charge of the chicken and the birthday cake. The rest will be covered dish.

My husband has been stressing over the landscaping, thinking that he has to have it perfect with my whole family coming over. I’m trying to reassure him, but he isn’t having any of it.

Meanwhile, the vegetable garden had to be planted. That was the most pleasurable part of all. Now all we have to do is water, weed, and wait.

Counterclockwise, foreground: Raised beds with 15 heirloom tomato plants. 16th cage in foreground is for pickling cucumbers, seedlings barely visible above ground. Behind those are three blueberry bushes surrounded by mulch and edging. Then in the back are a plum tree and a peach tree.

To the left of the 2 fruit trees is my “experimental garden” enclosure, where I have my compost pile and three homemade self-watering containers planted with onions and bibb lettuce.

Then in front of those are the rest of the raised beds with peppers, beets, carrots, squash, radishes, green beans, lima beans, and zipper peas. In the raised beds we are following general square-foot gardening principles, and planting just enough to harvest and eat as we go. Then we will re-plant in rotation. The only exception to the “just enough” theory will be the tomatoes. All excess tomatoes will be canned!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2010 3:59 pm

    What a nice job you’ve both done in the yard. I am sure that the birthday party will be perfect! Have fun.

    Have you tried drying any of your tomatoes? I dry then freeze and they are very nice and quite different from the ones you buy in oil.

    😀 eirdre

    • May 12, 2010 4:18 am

      Why thank you, Deirdre! No I’ve never dried tomatoes. We may end up with a food dehydrator if I can find a reasonable one on ebay, and dry some things. I do love freeze-dried ones!

  2. Sandra permalink
    May 11, 2010 6:07 pm

    Belated hug over very sad loss of Balentine – didn’t have the chance to send a message at the time. Have been thinking of you lots. I hope your lovely Blueberry is comforting you. Beautiful veg garden, am so glad that you have that in your new place. Hope the family gathering goes well.

    • May 12, 2010 4:20 am

      Sandra, I appreciate your thoughts. Blueberry is indeed comforting me. She’s a nice little girl in every way.

      I’m pleased with the veggie garden effort so far. Just hope the critters don’t get to it all before we do. The party will be fun. We’re a laid back bunch.

  3. May 11, 2010 6:33 pm

    Wow…I’m impressed with all that hard work! All I did in my last post was plug some petunias. lol~

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