You just never know what might happen when you ask a simple question like “how’s your garden this year”? The other day, I asked my neighbor who lives next door to where I grew up how his garden was doing and he said he was only planting a few tomatoes this year. He was just not in good enough health to plant the rest of it.
Well, a good garden should not be left unplanted! So, this morning I went over there and tilled up the rest of the garden (it had been tilled up once earlier this spring by another neighbor) and with my niece Sophie’s help, we planted some acorn squash and sweet corn. Later this weekend, I’ll be back to plant some bush beans.
With corn, squash and beans, I almost have a “three sisters” garden. Almost because I’m not being quite true to how they should be inter-planted together. In this garden, each is in its own rows.
My own vegetable garden is all raised beds, which never need to be tilled up, so it was fun to run a tiller again, especially through his rich garden soil which really just needed a ‘back scratch’ to be ready for planting.
And I got to use his hoe, which he has probably had for 40 plus years. The hoe was at one time straight across with sharp corners, but after years of use, the corners are rounded off, one very noticeably so. I loved the weight of the hoe, the length of the handle; it seemed so easy to use, as though that old hoe knew what it was supposed to do in that garden. I let it lead me.
And up by their house I saw these beautiful yellow columbine flowers. I’ve never seen any that color, they almost looked like little orchids from a distance.
How’s your garden this year?