Friday, April 2, 2010

Green Thumbs

We've (Jared and I) have been talking about starting a garden this year since we moved into the new house. And after watching Food Inc., it just further reinforced the idea for us. My family had gardens every year for latter part of my childhood. Though it was a good experience, it was something that we were usually expected to help maintain. So, a few weeks ago, my mom and I drove , forever, to go pick up an old tiller that I found on craigslist. A few days later, I tried my hand at it. It needed a new belt, so Jared fixed it and finished tilling the area that I had marked off to be the garden. There was a little lag in the whole process for a couple of weeks due to lack of energy, but my mom came by a few days ago and thought she'd try out the tiller. She actually re tilled the entire garden for me. So, I decided to spend several hours outside yesterday with the boys cleaning out the garden and getting it ready to plant. They loved playing in the cool dirt and throwing it everywhere.

I knew it was supposed to rain today, so I wanted to get some seeds in the ground before the rain. I got the garden cleaned, the rows made, and the onions planted last night before dinner. Then today, after the first rain I planted the peppers and squash.

I have two rows left, and am thinking tomatoes, peas, and cantaloupes.

I also wanted to post a picture of the biggest grub worm I've ever seen. I found him yesterday while digging around. A grub worm is the larva of a beetle, but I've always been taught to stomp them because they're bad for the plants. This one was almost to big to stomp.

This is video of the same worm. I had no idea that they moved around this way, and it grossed me out!


And I also wanted to include a picture of the accident I had last night. I was walking into the living room, and snagged my little toe on the foot of the couch. This is what it looks like today.

Heather, I thought you’d appreciate this…

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Mike said...

Yeah for the new garden! The grub worm grossed me out too, Jackson.

tagskie said...

hi.. just dropping by here... have a nice day!

Susan said...

The garden is looking good! Your toe,not so good.Looks like Jackson is listening to his instructor.Way to go! Can you believe that some people actually eat grubs! YUCK