My excitement begins after the garden has been tilled in the Fall. I carefully harvest the seeds that I can, place them in paper bags since I don’t want moisture to ruin them and pack them in the “Winter at Uncle Erics” box since we turn off our heating, I don’t want them to freeze.
And then I sit and wait with anticipation for Spring.
Except this year, the excitement was short lived. In fact, it ended before it even got started.
This year, I planned a trip to Newfoundland in August so I moved our Farm visit from August to July. Therefore, since we weren’t going to be here to enjoy the fruits of our labour, I didn’t plant half the garden I normally would. That meant, no garlic, lettuce, spinach or cucumber.
I did plant beans, peas, beets and cherry tomato plants. All perfect vegetables that The Kids can grab right off the plant. The chives, tomatos, green onions and broccoli plants were volunteers from my compost stash so I just ignored them.
A few days before we left, I made sure that I took out every single weed. The garden plot was so clean that you could have eaten off it. Well, not exactly but you get my drift. I was so confident that I would come home to 2 foot plants and 1 foot weeds.
So, you can imagine my surprise when I came home to this…
Hidden in that mess I found a beet bigger than my hand, peas that are almost ready, beans ready for the eating (we had them last night with salmon on the BBQ) and cherry tomatoes that should be ready right before we leave again at the end of August.
As for the weeds, in a few hours they were history and in return, I had the perfect topic for a blog post. Life is good.