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Playing in the Dirt

Ready, set, garden!

I don’t know about you but I have been waiting all winter to get out there and play in the dirt.  Well, it finally arrived! On Sunday, we gathered together members of our community and enjoyed a day at Ana’s that was full of friends, food, and most importantly setting up the garden. Ana has a lovely yard full of gorgeous blooms, strawberries, herbs, and all variety of vegetables. This year Ana wanted to reclaim her yard from the blooming bulbs threatening to overtake her beds and grow food, food, and more food. I was thrilled with this not only because it means I get to help her grow stuff but it’s going to give us a shot at trying urban homesteading

Yep, only a year ago I had emphatically stated that urban homesteading wasn’t for me but that is quickly being rethought.  In May, Bones and I will be moving back into the city! Ana has invited us to move-in with her and we are taking her up on it.  Bones’ job ended so we are no longer tied to Thomasville, we missed the city far more than we expected, and we would really like to cut down on our gas mileage (being so far out it’s near impossible to do) so moving back into the city was an idea we we’re already been toying with.  Plus, we’ll be living with Ana!  I think I spend more time cooking in her kitchen than mine anyway, she teaches us so much, and we’re looking at this as building our own little intentional community with an urban homestead.  There’s few people with whom both Bones and I think we could live with peaceably and for some time Ana has been at the top of that list. We love spending time with her, she really has become our best friend in York, really she’s practically family – plus we all already know each others quirks so the break-in period hopefully won’t be too hard.  It’s the next step in our adventure!

Here’s what we did Sunday and some of the incredible folks we call our community up here:

Teddy before things started getting dirty - boy loves the sun!

Teddy before things started getting dirty – boy loves the sun! Teddy is one of the two canine members of our soon to be intentional household (Frida was featured at Easter)

James acted as teh muscle doing all the heavy lifting tasks - and all with his characteristic optimism and good humor!

James acted as the muscle doing most of the heavy lifting tasks – and all with his characteristic optimism and good humor!

Kim took over the gravel and trimming work, and kept us laughing throughout our breaks.

Kim took over the gravel and trimming work, and kept us laughing throughout our breaks.

Britt helped outside and in the kitchen - whipping up more delicous peanut sauce and rolling spring rolls for everyone.

Britt helped outside and in the kitchen – whipping up more delicious peanut sauce and rolling spring rolls for everyone.

Jeffrey really took over trimming back the Virginia creeper

Jeffrey really took over trimming back the unruly Virginia creeper. Don’t you love Wilbur (the garden gargoyle)?

The herb bed - basil, tarragon, oregano and thyme nestled behind daffodils.

The herb bed – basil, tarragon, oregano and thyme nestled behind daffodils. We transplanted the herbs from the raised bed to make room for larger root vegetables.

Alpaca manure is just what the raised bed needed.

Alpaca manure is just what the raised bed needed to be refreshed. Somehow that purple cabbage survived the winter and is growing strong!

Bull terrier garden help

Teddy debating the merits of getting his paws dirty.

James turned the soil with the alpaca manure and some soil out of the earthboxes.

James turned the soil with the alpaca manure and some soil out of the earthboxes.

All planted and ready to grow! Garlic, onions, beets, potatoes, and purple cabbage.

All planted and ready to grow! Garlic, onions, beets, potatoes, and purple cabbage.

yup, we're using a recycling bin to try growing carrots.

Yup, we’re using a recycling bin to try growing carrots. We’re also going to attempt asparagus in containers. Much smaller containers will be used for some of the wild edibles/medicinals I want to grow.

The earth boxes are filled and ready for later spring plantings.

To preserve some yard for the dogs to play in we will be using a lot of containers. These earthboxes are filled and ready for later spring plantings. The peas did manage to get planted in the back rows.

What could possibly be better than the Thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps? Well, Thai peanut chick spring rolls of course!

What could possibly be better than the Thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps? Well, Thai peanut chicken spring rolls of course! (This was just part of our scrumptious feast)

 What are you growing this year?  Tell me about your garden!

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Playing in the Dirt

  1. That looks wonderful! Sorry that we could not make it.

  2. We are fortunate to have a year-round garden where we live. We just finished our season of cauliflower and broccoli and now are looking forward to greens.

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