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The veggie patch is alive. And we are home.

June 11, 2008

It’s not just newlyweds and grad students who are happy to eat out of their big veggie gardens all summer, as this article in the NYTimes called Banking on Gardening points out. That’s good to hear. Bully for the seed companies and their boon, and may we see a new generation of economic victory gardeners out there!

We got back from Kenya 11 days ago, after 33 hrs in transit, and getting the beds weeded, turned, composted, and planted was Job 1 (and thanks to my honey’s stellar mulching job, the weeds weren’t bad at all). The heat wave didn’t make me optimistic for our little veg seedlings, but they were in and bedded down under grass clippings by Friday: 15 or so tomatoes, a few hot peppers (12 was a bit too many last year), a row of romaine and arugula, a row of collards and kale, a row of carrots and chard, 4 cilantro plants, 5 basil plants, 2 cantaloupes, and room for beans and spinach and more to come, plus excess herbs in pots for the porch. The 30 garlic bulbs I put in late last fall came up beautifully and are standing proudly at the top of the bed (thanks to Barb at Boulder Brook Farm for the bulbs). But the real joy and surprise is that the strawberry plants from last summer l-o-v-e where they are planted and are thick with flowers and fat green berries. We are stoked!

Back 11 days, and thinking a lot about how to describe our experiences over the last 4.5 months, how not to lose them in the green comfort and happiness of home. A month in a Tanzanian trailer/bungalow, with a 20-min walk under the sweaty sun just to get to an Internet connection that could not be coaxed or bribed to give me my WordPress admin, cured me of blogging for a while. And there was dive class and a beach to go to instead. But I’m overdue: I owe 3 book reviews for the reading challenge, and now Ellis Hollow‘s tagged me for a music meme! Back to connectivity, endless music on the stereo, conversations and art at our fingertips, work to do, family and friends on the phone, laundry on the line (well that stayed the same), dirt under the fingernails, promise in the ground.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2008 2:19 am

    Yay! I’m so glad you’re back. I’m quite jealous of your beautiful garden! Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip.

  2. June 18, 2008 6:33 am

    Welcome back.

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