At last I am alive – An afternoon with dirt under my nails.

April 10, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Posted in dirt, gardening, spring, vegetable | Leave a comment
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This winter was just too long, too grey, and too cold. Some people love autumn and the changing leaves, but it’s not for me. I’m a Spring-time girl. I love watching new buds grow on trees, waiting with anticipation for the tulips to bloom, and most lovingly planting the first seeds of my spring garden.

Well here I am in DC and it’s skipped spring all together actually and is feeling a bit like summer as the temperature is 90 degrees. But I’m not complaining. I gathered my bucket full of gardening supplies and headed out to the old raised bed that we hammered together many years ago. Since then we’ve moved it to a sunnier spot and it’s beginning to fall apart, which is fine as it’s only adding history and experience to my joys of digging in my messy city backyard.

As expected, I planted a bunch of greens including collards, some carrots, rainbow swiss chard (which I cannot get enough of), and peas of course. This summer I’m keeping it simple because the plan, which has been in motion since last summer, is to completely landscape the backyard so it’s actually a place we want to hang out. The hill will be terraced with a nice spot of grass for Jack to play in at the base. I’ll have two raised beds made of stone (yay!), and we’ll have a brand new wooden fence as well. All of a whopping price tag too. Eeps. We are just waiting on the District of Columbia to approve all of the permits — for the love of god…! But yes, I’m perfectly calm about that.

So here I am, feeling alive again, and more like myself. I’m breathing deeper and soaking up the rays of the sun. I feel relaxed and just happy to be in this very moment. I live for this time of year and want to meditate life through the feeling of euphoria I get when the weather is like this. Oh sun, you powerful one.

From the Archives:

Vegetable gardening lessons I’ve learned.

Spring Garden and a secretly pregnant me…! (circ. 2011)

Spring Garden and a little baby boy! (circ. 2012)

Spring Greens and Tiny Things

Spring Garden Grows!

May 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Posted in gardening, homeownership, life, spring, vegetable, Washington | 1 Comment
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Collards, Swiss chard, beets, spinach, arugula and lettuce
This is how we dooz it.
Carrots (hard to see) and weeds.
Tomatoes — the red is an early bloomer “magenta” variety.
Peas are flowering and climbing!

It’s been about 50 days and like clockwork, the greens have filled in the raised bed. Arugula is such a quick crop that it is already beginning to bolt. Time to eat them up to make room for the tomatoes, beans, peppers and things to go in the bed next. The carrots are such an experiment this year. I eat carrots just about everyday and would love if they actually grow with my limited sunlight. I’ll report back soon!

Just yesterday the garden looked like this.

Backyard garden: Lots of greens

April 26, 2011 at 10:25 am | Posted in gardening | 1 Comment
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This is the first year I’ve grown kale. It is a hardy plant that will thrive through the summer. I love the blue-ish green leaves. Kale tastes yummy sautéed with olive oil and a little balsamic vinaigrette. At least I think so. :)

In March I doused fresh soil with edible greens seeds—partly out of laziness because the seeds are just so small. Here we are at the end of April and everything is growing—a little too close together. I pulled several young plants to give their brothers some room.

Arugula. This crop is flourishing. It is the easiest green to grow. I literally threw seeds on the soil and they sprouted in a few days. Eating arugula makes me feel like I’m at a fancy restaurant.
Mixed red and green lettuce.
The ole nightly standby—spinach.
Above: Don’t judge me, haha. I have a giant mirror as a long ornament in my backyard. It is SO big and soooo heavy that it has sat here for um, a little while. And now that I have openly admitted this, maybe it will encourage Daryle and me to move it up the hill to the ally. I’m not looking forward to that day. …
Raised bed. Hi.
The ash tree is filling in.
The neighbor’s cat, Ruby. She’s so cute and makes my cats jealous.
Baby greens pulled fresh from the garden. We enjoyed a fresh salad along with our steak and sautéed mushroom dinner last night.

This week is going to be very warm—almost hot. The days are so much longer and I love coming home from work and sitting in my backyard unwinding. Until then…

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