Garden Planting: It Ain't Over Till the Fat Guy Tills

| 4/16/2010 10:39:55 AM

A photo of Drew OdomAfter a long week at work I was ready to get out and join Pan Saturday morning for some garden work. The weather looked to be promising and we had days ago decided to give up on the old adage about waiting till after Good Friday to plant or whatever that colloquialism is.

We started out with a trip to the Plant Emporium in Griffin, Georgia. Not too much there as they haven't fully recovered from the winter and prepared for the spring. Further down the road though we fell into the arms of our bittersweet lover, Lowe's. While we aren't a huge fan of box stores or giving our money to large, corporate entities who hire folks poorly versed in horticulture and gardening, we were growing desperate watching the sun beat down on our Buggy Town.

A little over $100 later we emerged with seed packets galore (based on our garden plot, of course) including crookneck squash, butter beans, pole beans, lettuce, beets, and onions, 8 tomato sprouts, 6 different herbs as well as herb seeds (for a nice, thick, rotating harvest), some organic plant food, a little topsoil for the herb garden and an odd or end or two.

After arriving home we realized it was almost 12pm and we hadn't done much of anything. Pan quickly made a plan of attack and we headed for the herb boxes. Now, I am a huge fan of Black Kow so we emptied our two bags of the soil into the newest bed and arranged our newly purchased herbs into what we knew would become a staple of our dinner planning routine.

Black Kow and gloves

Pan laid out the thyme, greek oregano, parsley, lavender, basil and other assorted tinctures. We dug our holes, put them in, salted them down with plant food, and stood back for a second to admire the box.

4/16/2010 4:17:10 PM

@Nebraska Dave - Can't wait to see what this year does for you. I hear you on that bad seed (pardon the pun). I have suffered some bad grass seed this year leaving a big patch in the front yard (the part people actually see) with nothing but dirt. Not cool!

Nebraska Dave
4/16/2010 2:35:15 PM

Drew, ain’t wonderful to be out in the garden digging in the dirt. The long cold Winter has me chomping at the bit to get started as well. It’s a bit early for hot weather plants, but I’ve planted the onions and potatoes. I anticipated the weatherman’s forecast of rain for three days running and finally broke down to water the garden. Our .2 inch rain was nothing more than a nuisance during grass mowing yesterday. After feet of snow who would have thought that a month after the melt it would dry enough to start watering. I think I’ll have to visit the big box store as well this year. I’m continuing to experiment with seed starting through the summer to become an expert by this time next year. One thing that did me in this year was bad seed. It taught me to check the seed by using the moist paper towel and Ziploc baggie method before actual seed pod starting. My attempt at starting tomato plants was a total bust because the seeds would not sprout. Next year I’ll be ready for such things and know how to deal with them. I accomplished my first grass mow yesterday and added green to the compost pile. Here in the city where I live we have a place that picks up all yard waste and composts it into wonderful soil. It can be purchased in bulk cheap and that’s what I use to shore up the soil in my beds each year. I used to buy bags at the box store but for the cost of a couple bags I can get a whole truck load from the recycler.

Live The Good Life with GRIT!

Grit JulAug 2016At GRIT, we have a tradition of respecting the land that sustains rural America. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing to GRIT through our automatic renewal savings plan. By paying now with a credit card, you save an additional $6 and get 6 issues of GRIT for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of GRIT for just $22.95!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds