A Very Full Weekend - More Tales of a Wannabe Urban Gardener

in THE WEEKEND3 months ago

This weekend - like the last several before it - have been busy from beginning to end for me. It has not been an "oh my god this is never going to end" type busy, but full of projects that I have been looking forward to; in this particular case, it has been full of gardening.

I do not have much in the way of good gardening space around my house, so I'm making do with what I do have and building where I can. I've done a fair bit of vertical and hanging gardening with veggies that will do good in pots, but I want more. After speaking with my neighbour I've decided to begin digging out the small grass plot between our properties to turn into a garden; it'll get a good 4-6 hours of sunlight a day and will, I think, look pretty spiffy when complete.

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The picture above is the current state; I do need to add some more high quality topsoil and smooth it, but it's currently housing some corn and beans. There plot can - and will, eventually - be lengthened by about 6 or 7 feet, but I had run out of replacement soil and after several hours of digging here, there, and elsewhere, I was ready to be done.

corn
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beans

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Elsewhere I've got tomatoes, more beans, peas, and a cucumber vine in the ground. In pots I've got arugula, lettuce, and some cauliflower. And mint!

  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Chocolate Mint
  • Orange Mint
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Purple Cornflower
  • Rosemary

The kitchen houses a multipurpose Air Fryer and Dehydrator; when the mint is ready I'm going to test my hand at dehydrating it for long term storage. All the mints are in pots, because I just do not want them to get into the ground and spread out of control.

I've done so much digging I've lost place to put the excess sod clumps I've been digging up; it's currently in a pile in my back yard, with plans to slowly load it into the "green recyclable" pickups on Wednesdays. It'll take a few weeks.

After finally getting this done and showering I sat down with a new beer I had just discovered - a Lambic Strawberry. I'm not usually a fan of sweet, fruity beer, but I was drawn to this one. I was not dissapointed!

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It's a slightly heavier beer than a lager and was really nice to enjoy with a meal. I think this would make a wonderful pairing with a steak.

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Just as I was finishing this one of my neighbours down the street texted with an invitation to bring my youngest over so the boys could play Mario Kart and we adults could drink beer. This was certainly a welcome surprise. I was not intending to spend the night drinking but I know the boys like to get together to play, so it was a great excuse.

My poison of choice there was this great Belgian tripel. Very yeasty, and very tasty. It was 9% alcohol, which didn't really bother me until the second, which began to set me back.

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We finished up the evening with a fire and s'mores! Very healthy, that, but I figure I'm allowed one night a week to splurge unhealthily.

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Today was spent on a small hike (which will be a different post), catching up on some other house chores, and planning a game night tonight with the kids.

Next week will likely involve more yardwork, including replacing the brick patio, power washing, and painting the back window trims, which will be another full day or two. During the week I need to do some pipe work on the water pipes to fix a leak and replace the faucet in the back yard (which will need to be completed for the power washing), as well as replace my attic stairs.

When all this is complete, I think I'll be able to return to interactive with all you fine folk on a more regular basis again!


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Hey Victor, you can come down here anytime, to help me with my garden, You are actually farther along with yours, and I have a tiller @wwwiebe ha ha ha
Right now, all I have is one tomato plant, three basil, and a handful of Italian Oregano (I didn't know there were other than Italian varieties)
This is from right after I put them all in the ground, I HAVE added more rich dirt and mulch since then

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This was taken just a few moments ago

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Gardening is surprisingly much more difficult than it looks; it's certainly harder on the back than expected!

My home improvement budget has aboot been exhausted this year, so I won't be doing much more expanding of the garden; besides, I have other projects I need to get done, and by then it'll be close to summer, and I won't want to start from scratch.

Your tomatos are looking good! I also had no idea there were so many varieties of oregano. I have one of the varieties planted - I'm not sure which.

p.s., this arrived today. Yay.

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Still Victor, @wwwiebe, the invitation is open, not to come work necessarily, but to share in the gardening.
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Oh man I envy you. You have so much space to plant. I'm coming over for some strawberry beer. 😁

I suppose "space" is really relative, isn't it? I don't think I have enough space to plant! 😂 The next big problem I'll need to tackle is to find the time to continue to maintain.

I'll keep a beer for you! 😃

Looking good, Victor! Gardening is surprisingly difficult, or more taxing on the back can any place else. I think you're doing pretty good considering that you're digging with a shovel and not using a rototiller. I agree with you and keep my mints in a pot. Over on the Eastern Shore I have meet everywhere because the person before me were Ice-T fanatics. I have been ripping it out ever since 2008. I use a dehydrator on a regular basis and I can tell you that I think they're amazing.

Save me some strawberry beer!