We had the best time at our community garden kickoff party this weekend. We expected it to be fun, but we did not expect there to be a live band, an artist doing live painting, free food for lunching and snacking, and 4 other two and a half year olds to run around with and enjoy the whole thing. Oh, AND a lady bug release! Have you ever seen such a thing? Truly, truly cool. They’re the good bugs that keep the bad, plant-killing bugs at bay and several thousand of them are now living in our garden, ready to get to work. (You’ll notice all the little boys hands outstretched to launch lady bugs out into the air…but not Rachel’s. She was just fine with watching. It was pretty fascinating!)
I’m sprinkling some metaphorical lady bugs on the week ahead. How about you?
I finally got my seeds! I’m so excited to sow them today. It’s a perfect morning- seems appropriate to spend it digging in the dirt and planting seeds of possibility!
Also, thanks to an early birthday gift from Jim, I now own an iPhone so I’m finally on instagram! (I totally understand the obsession!) You can follow me- I’m @cecimadden.
Have a fabulous weekend.
Rachel and I spent a ton of time at the garden over the weekend, cleaning up since last weekend’s Harvest Day was snowed out. It was a sun-filled morning, though very chilly, and a good group of us had fun, all bundled up, pulling up weeds, and preparing the pathways for the frosty season ahead. Once the paths were weed free, we laid down old newspapers (a good source of entertainment, looking back on the Donovan days, etc.), then fresh wood chips. Rachel was in charge of making sure the paper didn’t blow away before the wood chips were placed on top.
It seemed that the most intense part of the cleanup was disassembling the rainwater collection system. I wish I had gotten pictures of it. All of the huge rain barrels (about a dozen of them, stacked on top of each other in three rows) were emptied, rinsed out, and placed in storage for the winter. This is something I definitely wouldn’t have thought of, but I guess the whole system, rudimentary as it is, can be ruined it you allow it to collect snow and ice.
Our plot still has broccoli and beets growing in it, so I’ll clear it out a little later. In fact, seeing those few and proud thriving plants in my plot and in others, really brought a smile to my face. By and large the plots are bare throughout the garden, the flower beds are dry, and in the orchard area beyond the berry bushes and fruit trees stand as twigs…except for that one corner of chives that just won’t quit, that one pepper plant that shines like Christmas lights, that one cheerful persimmon tree that won’t be weighed down by its own ripe fruit. Though the place is mostly cleaned up and cleared out, the brightness of life shines through.
This weekend we have lots of big plans. We have Harvest Day at our community garden. I’m not sure what’s entailed in prepping a garden for the winter, but I’m very excited to meet the other gardeners who I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet, not to mention learn a lot.
Lately when we’re at the garden, Rachel gets a kick out of picking up any cherry tomato she sees in the pathway and chucking it over her shoulder as far as it will go. Isn’t she just pure fun? I’m pretty sure this is not what we will be instructed to do as a matter of clean up
We also have some birthday party craft-making to tackle. I have so much more to tell you about that…
And best of all, we have a very special Nana coming to visit. She’ll bring a little change of pace just when Jim and I need it (sigh of relief.)
It is supposed to snow tomorrow! I don’t know what to think of that, except that it may mean I have to learn how to prepare the garden for a first frost before the aforementioned Harvest Day. Hmmm. Any tips?
Oh! And halloween! (Cue fake enthusiasm), if there was such a thing as a half-exclamation mark, I would have to say that’s how I feel about halloween. Personally. I do my best not to pass along my half-enthusiasm to Rachel. We are reading Curious George Goes to a Costume Party a lot these days and we may even decorate some mini pumpkins on Sunday. And she will definitely have a fun costume to wear on halloween. (Yes- I will post pictures!) It’s just to say that we are not doing any halloween parade-ing this weekend…that I know of…yet. It’s just not the kind of holiday that I feel warrants a full weekend of celebration.
…And if you’re the type who does, I hope you have the best time and are super, super safe out there.
Either way, have a wonderful weekend.
I am in love with our fall garden. In addition to bok choy, we are now harvesting broccoli rabe. I can’t believe I grew broccoli rabe! The whole community garden has a new look to it now. Everyone has pretty much pulled up their tomato plants and summer veggies. There are some peppers here and there, but mostly it is fall. I have witnessed the transition from season to season in wonder. I did not expect to find the process of gardening so inspiring, or the simple act of tending to plants so satisfying. It’s true, what they say- you’ll never taste food as good as the food you grow yourself. Your care and thoughtfulness are embedded in it.