So I decided to start a vegetable garden this year. I think this comes from a whole winter of looking at our yard that we had torn up last fall and waiting ever so patiently for it to be warm enough to start on our projects.

When we bought this house it had absolutely no landscaping (unless you count the tons of gravel that the previous owner had dumped on the weed-filled lawn) and, being the optimists that we are, we had grand plans for a new design. After much shoveling, we finally got all the gravel out (which is now in a pile in our “driveway”) and Dave installed a new fence. Since Seattle had a snowy April we are just getting started…unfortunately that means more digging. The fun thing about digging in the ghetto is that it seems the previous owners of the house basically used the yard as a landfill of sorts which means lots of cool buried treasure. So far we have found toys, hangers, marbles, and this watch…along with enough bricks to build our own chimney (also in a pile in our driveway).

So back to my veggie garden…I planted it the first weekend of May and the only thing that has germinated so far are my radishes. Now I have to say that I don’t think that I have ever actually eaten a radish before. In fact the only time I have ever been served a radish is on a veggie platter at a buffet and they are always the only things left at the end of the party. I guess I will have to start finding recipes to include them in, or Eureka! Coen loves to throw small round things, maybe we’ll just have an unending supply of biodegradable balls (green is so in).

Dave built two raised beds for me which I filled with seeds of spinach, peppers, tomatoes (okay well I bought those from the nursery), swiss chard, zucchini, cucumber, butternut squash, beans and carrots. I am trying to be patient and wait for the other things to get growing but I find myself staring at the dirt and cursing the seeds, then start poking the ground with my finger in hopes of finding something hiding under the soil. I’m sure it’s not helping, but I have this picture in my head of going out to my organic garden and filling a basket full of vegetables and then charitably giving some away to friends and family (I have to say in this daydream I also have beautiful long flowing hair and am tan like a Greek goddess, hey, it’s my dream isn’t it?).

I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what comes up!



  1. #1 by Jill on May 15, 2008 - 3:30 am

    What a treasure trove you are finding in your own backyard! And what work you have ahead of you. I too, someday, want a veggie garden in my yard. But, it’ll have to wait a few more years. Maybe I’ll learn by watching you! Good luck, and grow little seeds, grow.

  2. #2 by Mandi on May 15, 2008 - 7:03 pm

    I love the buried treasure you’re finding!

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