I finally got my garden planted. Not that I didn’t have a few challenges along the way, however. You see, here in Boise the weather has been very chilly, windy, and downright undesirable, as far as spring goes. I am a fair weather gardner, however my procrastination has been rewarded! Those serious gardeners, who actually planted when they were supposed to this spring, are re-planting, spending the same time in the nursery that I was looking for plants this weekend and not any further ahead then I am. Whew, off the hook for this year!
Before I started on this journey though, I confirmed with the local nursery that it wasn’t too late to plant. Mind you, I am planting in June, which is at least a month later than when I planted last year, and I really felt like I didn’t get much produce at all last year; I didn’t even can anything! We have really missed the lack of canned goods, too, I can tell you.
So, radiating with the afterglow of a 50% off the edible plants sale, I started calling around for a rototilling service, as DH strained his ankle working last week. I was lucky enough to find someone who would come on Saturday and he did a great job! E-mail me if you would like his contact information, as I definitely recommend his services.
With the soil freshly tilled, I started my early-morning journey to planet the garden. I bent over and reached for a T-shirt on a lower shelf and…CRACK…. I threw out my back. All I could think of was “this is not how I planned to spend my day”. DH to the rescue, as he offered to "help" me with the garden and ended up planting everything where I told him to plant it. With the new space I had rototilled, I was able to make room for one more tomato plant and two cucumber plants for which DH pre-dug the holes.
Fast forward beyond two days of intense chiropractic care and I am now walking and being very careful of how I move, although that is fading fast. I stopped at Lowe’s tonight to get a sprinkler head replacement and came out with the additional items I needed for the garden, plus a pack of candy onions. I have never grown onions before, so I’m interested to see how they turn out. Because DH had helped me carefully lay out the other plants, I had to come up with a creative solution for planting the onions. I ended up making a "corner L-bracket" configuration of the onions around a jalepeno pepper plant, which I think will work out just fine.
I decided that I should call my garden “The Salsa and Pickle Patch” because I have planted the majority of the ingredients for both salsa and pickles. This year though, if the peppers don’t grow I am giving up on them!