Saturday, March 14, 2009

Back to Gardening

All of the warm weather has lead my thoughts back to the garden. Mom and Dad have decided to go ahead with a garden this year, even though fall and winter have been rough for them. Mom is healing well. So ahead we go with our plans! 

We are revamping a bit this year after the knowledge that we gained from our garden last year. No corn this year. You have to plant a lot of it for it to be worth it. Our bean of choice this year is the Half Runner. This is the old timer's favorite. It has a high yield and a great beany flavor. Dad and I will start on the new trellises sometime soon! We have also decided that we need to plant more okra! It is our favorite vegetable and fresh taste the best. 

We are also trying to get our garden started earlier this year. I think that last year we didn't get moving on it until late May. This year we are shooting to have our beans and beets in the ground around the first of April, along with our cool weather crops, and everything else by the end of April. My baby tomatoes are hanging in there and should be ready for the ground by mid-late April. I have also stared some seed for eggplant, jalepeno, basil, cilantro, oregano, dill and marjoram. They should be ready to go in the ground at the middle-end of April. I might start a few more things in a week or two that are quick growers, like squash and cucumbers. 

I love working in the garden. I love even more that I get to spend all of that time with my parents. What great memories we are building together! There is also something great about sharing the fruit of our labor together. To sit down at the table and eat what we have grown is a true blessing. 

I am very thankful that I grew up in my Papa's garden. That is my Mom's dad. Every summer I remember planting the corn. That was the kids job. After he passed away my parents always had a small garden. I remember picking radishes and their hot sweet taste on my tongue. Thanks Mom and Dad for instilling in me a love for the land and what comes from it. 

Speaking of memories, I am about to undertake quite a task. My cousins and I have decided to transfer all of our grandmother's slides to digital images. We used to spend hours and hours in front of the slide projector looking at images from Oklahoma, Florida, Disney, us as babies, weddings and road trips. I had the idea to put these images on the small screen, and for that I get the task of scanning each and every slide. This sounds easy right? Well, not quite. First we had to find the slides. They were hidden in the depths of Nana's house. Well, they have been found. All 25+ carousels of slides. 25 times 50 or so slides....... you get the idea. I know where a few spare minutes here and there will be spent every day! When we make the first DVD of slides and show it to Nana, it will be worth it. And we are preserving our memories. 

I guess that the rain today is telling me to start scanning! I also have the desire to get my sewing room in order. It is a wreck! And Dave is moving his soldering work in there as well. We have to make room. It might be moving day between rooms in the Sutton house!

I hope that you have a great weekend and some great time in the yard this week too! Don't let the rain get you down. Spring will be here soon!


Julie said...

Was I old enough to help plant corn? I don't remember it.

I am really looking forward to seeing those slides. Thanks so much for volunteering to scan the slides!

Kara said...

I don't know if you planted corn or not. It could have just been my job, as Dad always helped Papa till and plant the garden. I don't think that was your Mom's cup of tea!

I distinctly remember filling up my hands with corn and slowly dropping them into the furrow of dirt. Hmm.....we'll have to ask this weekend!

Jennifer said... I'm dying for some fried okra.

Jacoline said...

Over here the weather is also getting warmer; I can't wait to get my hands in the dirt either... I love reading your garden adventures!

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