A garden! A garden!

By: jitterymoose , 11:37 PM GMT on June 12, 2009

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While it's late everywhere else on the planet, we just got done with the first full moon of June (in case there are two in that month), so it's now "officially" safe to try to put things out. I have tomatoes on the porch along with a nice little kitchen herb garden...but..... I was lamenting losing the Copper Center garden (and greenhouse, like I do just about every June since we left), and hubby and I were out walking Katie around and we saw them -- raised beds. No dirt, just a line of raised beds. We're in ex-Army housing close to post, so I called and asked what was up with those and was told they're for community gardening and did I want one? DO I WANT ONE! Oh, yes, yes, yes! So, I have a 12 x 24 raised bed (and the soil was delivered today), so I headed out to the greenhouse and picked up what was left of the cabbages (red only), bush beans, corn (ornamental purposes only, I'd think), brussel sprouts (sorry, kids), sunflowers, nasturtiums, spinach, an assortment of lettuces and cauliflowers...and then I saw it... RHUBARB! So, I picked out a nice rhurbarb plant that I can take with me at the end of the season (we probably won't be in this housing after the summer), and I'm set for the weekend. A garden. I haven't had a garden since.... Copper Center, and we left there in the Fall of 2006 right after the cabbage harvest (and I got to dig potatoes -- my other favorite gardening thing). No sugar snap peas to be found, but I picked up some green beans, too. I'm so happy -- not just because it's a garden, but because the kids tend to eat so much healthier when we're pulling it out of the ground together. :-) Gotta run and pick up the girl from weaving and the boy from music. Pics of the new plot after awhile! I'm excited!

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9. aquak9
10:18 AM GMT on June 15, 2009
Congratulations! I can hear the excitement in your words. So Glad to see, even where you are, they are trying to give you a chance to garden.

I wish you the most of joy and the best of luck!
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8. catfuraplenty
9:25 AM GMT on June 15, 2009
We grew our patch of veggies in movable tubs (plastic rubbermade totes) That may be an option for next year Jittery. If you don't think you'll have time, maybe you can bring them inside with grow lights over them for the last few weeks to allow them to mature. Heck, there are even new hydroponics that allow you to grow stuff all year in your house without dirt. Worth checking in to. :)

I just got through watching Ice Road Truckers, yes, I'm addicted to those sorts of things. Ice Road Truckers, Deadliest Catch, Axe Men, now they are going to start up, Swamp Loggers. LOL I've got it bad. hehe

Anyway, seeing those trucks going up the Dalton highway is nerve wrecking. That must be one heck of a nasty piece of road. I can kind of id with these people because my grandparents started out as truckers during the depression era, hauling produce and the like. All the stories my grandma used to tell about steep mountains and trucks with bad brakes, etc. She used to get on her cb and talk to the truckers when we'd travel. It was kind of neat.

Gotta run. Thought I'd tell you that I remember you today when I saw those big, burly ice covered rigs skidding on the ice. :) Yeeha! :)
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7. Skyepony (Mod)
5:43 AM GMT on June 14, 2009
mmm sugar snap. Congrats on your patch of dirt:)
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6. jitterymoose
5:40 AM GMT on June 14, 2009

Okay, I had to share this cello piece. My son's professor played this at a 1pm concert for the UAF Music Academy, and while this isn't him, the song was one of the most amazing things I've ever heard on the cello. WOW!
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5. jitterymoose
3:51 AM GMT on June 14, 2009
:-) We scored some sugar snaps at Lowe's this afternoon. The girl found them, grabbed, like, 10 packs, came running over and squealed "WILL THIS BE ENOUGH?" Gotta love the enthusiasm (we only bought 2 packs). Then she read "64 DAYS?? I'll never MAKE it!"
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4. tundraJEM
9:15 PM GMT on June 13, 2009
We've lived in this house almost 10 years and I always had the intention of putting in a garden. This year we finally made some strides, although it is in a makeshift greenhouse. We have lots of beans, peas (even those sugar snap you couldn't find), peppers, radishes, squash & cucumber. We ran out of beds so there is no real home for the rest of the plants, but they seem to be growing alright in their little cups. We have lots of marigolds so hopefully the moose won't raid our peas! Good luck with yours!
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3. seflagamma
8:37 PM GMT on June 13, 2009
good for you; that sounds great. Having a community garden in raised beds, what can be better than that, especially if you will not be in this particular house for long.

I can read the happiness in your words.

have agreat weekend!

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2. gberet69
8:14 PM GMT on June 13, 2009
We put 9 packs of spinach and 6 of beet greens in the freezer today. The harvest is just beginning! Oh ya we also have 2 asparagrus soups also in. Our garden plot is approx. 20'X50', we eat all winter out of it.

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1. JeffCityKid2
1:03 PM GMT on June 13, 2009
I am happy your trip to Alaska was a success. I think I can just see you smiling from ear to ear now that you can garden. I hope all your vegetables turn out winners!
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