Vegetable Garden – Grandchildren – June 14, 2004 Garden Journal entry

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June 14, 2004
It has rained all week here and actually, I got a lot done in the yard (see previous posts). Saturday, and I tackled another section of the yard, edging and shovelling out another flower bed. My daughter came to my rescue and helped me with the heavy manual work of hauling off the sod.

I planted the rest of last year’s iris bulbs and maybe they will take and maybe not as they sat in a black garbage bag through the winter. I saw green on the bulbs though, so planted those…we’ll see what we get. I had made a row of iris last fall from donations and they bloomed nicely this spring. I did not have beds enough to plant all the donations, so hopefully, I “wintered” them to salvage…as I said we will see.
I’m excited about planting my new Calla Lilly (discounted plant in container that I planted in the ground) and hope it will grow well. The local hardware store had bulbs on sale 1/2 price, so I bought 2 more Calla Lillies, in pink and yellow. I was too fearful of planting them directly in the ground, so put them in pots to see if they will grow.
I also got 4 varieties of gladiola bulbs, which I did plant directly in the ground, and have my fingers crossed they will grow, looking forward to seeing gladiolas in the yard.
I put the cosmos flowers in a grouping and tossed out some baby’s breath seeds. Forming a little beginning of a flower bed which I hope to expand. The foundation will be the gladiolas, then will gradually add differing heights of flowers. I realized though, I didn’t know what was an annual, what was a perennial, so I went to google on internet and created a list of perennials. I want to scout for them at the nurseries around here (not too many, maybe 3 within 50 mile radius). I hope to plant perennials and create a kind of wildflower garden.
I’m staying small here and keeping with the green grassed yard, don’t want to overwhelm my husband (or me for the that matter) but in years to come I’m looking forward to gradually claiming more to the beds I am creating and growing this project to have larger and larger beds of wildflowers and perennials.
The grandchildren (ages 3 and 4) helped me to plant all the vegetable seeds so we have little pots now all lined up with vegetables waiting to grow.We have:

green peppers
tomatoes full size
cherry tomatoes
cauliflower
wax beans
watermelon
squash
lettuce
pumpkins
radishes
corn
cucumbers
oh, I’ve forgotten the rest.My daughter gave me several packages of seeds this year and we made a grandmother, grandchildren project out of planting them all.

That about wraps up this week in the yard. Got so much done this year. I’m taking a break from the garden and yard for a bit. This week we will be doing some errands and driving around for my daughter’s family trying to get to Germany to be with her husband. Now that is another very long story of a different topic altogether.

The Harvest – August 2004.

The harvest in August. Now it’s September and the chill is in the morning air. Not sure how much more of my garden is going to grow to maturation…but, hey, the pumpkins are growing, and the cucumbers are producing, and some late squash are growing.


Ahhh, more produce from the garden. Look at that, I’ve got corn, eh! Not so easy to get a full season to grow corn where I live.

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