Gardening Buddy at Last! | Barb Bergeman

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Yesterday, as I was taking a walk, I ran across this lady out working in her garden. I complimented her on her work and she told me that when she retired, she told everyone that her objective in life from now on would be to have a weed free garden, but that she wasn’t doing a very good job of it.

I jumped at the chance 🙂 “I haven’t had a chance to play in the dirt for months.”, I told her. “Can I help?”

She totally understood my desire and graciously set me up with a tub to throw weeds into! been a long time since I’ve had dirt packed around my nails 🙂

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As we worked, Barb told me about her life. She and her husband owned a ranch outside of town until he had some health problems and was unable to continue. So they moved into town.

She worked at the school for a while and then at social services, but neither were her calling. Then she got to know the editor of the town newspaper and wound up owning it. She was the first in the area to use colored ink, and the first to go digital. She ran it until a few years ago and now lives to play in the dirt 🙂

She also told me that her husband had worked the harvest when he was a kid. Back then, there weren’t any campers. The guys brought sleeping bags and just found places to sleep. She said one time they actually stayed in a newly constructed chicken house! I love hearing this kind of history 🙂

 

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She gave me a bunch of rhubarb and several cucumbers. The guys will really enjoy them. I see some pies and cakes in the future!

 

~God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Raised Beds Officially Planted

Raised Beds Officially Planted

The last few days have been really busy with filling and planting all the raised beds. We have potatoes, spinach, radishes, lettuce, chard, carrots, kohlrabi, kale, onions and cilantro planted. I am hoping to get a bed of parsley planted tonight or tomorrow. Grampa Tom is out hauling corn to town for the next couple of days and then he’ll be in the fields so I’ll probably need to do most of  the rest of the planting. I don’t mind. It feels so good to dig in the dirt! I’m sore, but it’s a good sore and I feel stronger every day!

Only thing is, I’ve decided I need about 10 times the raised beds we have now. That is going to be my major project this summer. I’ve got one started that is going to be an earth bermed dog house/raised bed huglekulture garden. I’ll be posting about that when I’ve got it built.

I’m so glad I don’t have to work inside all day every day!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Planting Potatoes

Wish I had a picture of the look on The Brown One’s face when I pulled this monster potato out of my store room, but you’ll have to use your imagination.

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“WHAT IS THAT!” He exclaimed.  I told him it was a potato that was trying to grow. I love spontaneous learning activities, so I suggested we cut a piece of it off and  plant it.

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I explained that the funny looking things that were growing out of the potato were roots and that if we cut off a part of the potato and planted it in some soil it would grow more potatoes. So we put this section of it in a pot and cooked the rest for lunch.

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A couple of weeks later The Brown One was delighted to find that his potato was growing!

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Today was warm enough that we thought we could put it outside.

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We put it in the middle of a tire and then  put dirt and some old hay around it.

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Since it was pretty  tall we put another tire over it and more dirt. Then, since it’s still pretty cold and the chickens are able to get into the garden right now, we put a piece of glass on top. We will keep putting tires and dirt around the stem as it grows and see how many potatoes we can grow from this one little potato part.

This is a great little science project. We’ll get a little math in there too when we count the potatoes after we dig them up later.