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YAG – Yet Another Garden #mngarden

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I had entertained an idea of no garden this year, but the thought of missing out on fresh tomatoes and peppers and tomatoes and cucumbers and tomatoes … well, you get the idea. I really like garden tomatoes!

The last few years I’m less enthusiastic about gardening. Actually, I think it’s the “preparing the garden” part. You know, laying out the soaker hoses, covering them with fabric mulch, putting up the panels for the tomatoes and cukes, and gathering mulch. Lots of mulch. And that’s all before I do any planting.

Yeesh.

We’re running out of the pickles I did a few years back (OMG, like 5 dozen quarts!), so it’s time to do pickles again. My son actually absconded with a quart, reminding me of all the times I did the same thing with my mom’s pickles whenever I came home during college. She made awesome pickles.

So, here it is. Take a good look, because this is the least amount of weeds there will be. Bonus: we left the perimeter fence up with the chicken wire from last year–take that, rabbits!

Garden laid out before anything is growing
Using some wood chips this year for mulch
Garden laid out before anything is growing
Pig panel for cucumbers to climb and cattle panels for tomatoes on the right

Did I hear you ask what I planted this year? Sure I did 🙂 So, here’s the list, starting with my favorite: tomatoes, a couple zucchini, cucumbers, beets, kale (hey, I like kale), kohlrabi, onions (of course!), brussels sprouts, green beans, peppers, cilantro, dill, radishes, pie pumpkins (because pumpkin bread!), and I got a sample packet of basil. Oh, and marigolds this year, because color and marigolds just might discourage pests. Maybe. But they should be pretty.

I will say I’m glad I didn’t have to figure out where to plant potatoes this year. Hubs tilled another spot and planted potatoes and sweet corn (because I refuse to plant sweet corn anymore). Thing is, creeping Charlie is rampant in that location, or it was before he tilled. Yes, I warned him. And no, I’m not weeding it for him, which I also told him.

Oh, you’re wondering why I won’t plant sweet corn anymore? First, you have to plant at least 4 rows to get good pollination, because corn is wind-pollinated. Then, you have a limited window of time to pick it when it’s at the perfect ripeness. And it’s all ready at the same time. After that week or so, the corn starts getting starchy.

Yes, I know you can freeze sweet corn, but it’s usually ready when I’m in WI at my Writing Sisters reunion, and apparently no one else can pick corn. And a person can only eat so much sweet corn. A lot of the corn ends up staying on the stalk and aging out of the prime eating stage. Hence, I refuse to plant sweet corn.

Anyway. There you have it. As for writing, I’m still revising. Turned in my homework and got feedback. One more assignment to go, this one analyzes plot. I’m so glad I took the class; it’s really helping me focus on cutting the chaff, and notice what I’m lacking, at least at this point in the revision process. My instructor’s comments will help me through the next round of revision.

So, enjoy the glorious spring weather (in the southern hemisphere, enjoy your autumn 😀 ). Don’t forget to keep writing!

Zoey walking through grass

Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, six chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

19 thoughts on “YAG – Yet Another Garden #mngarden

  1. I like kale, too! No, it’s pie pumpkins because pumpkin PIE.:-)

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  2. It’s always getting the garden ready that’s most draining, isn’t it, Julie? It’s a little like planning a book. All of the structuring and planning can be tiring and time-consuming, but those things are the basis for a good story (or a healthy, abundant garden). And there’s nothing like gardening to get a person outdoors and getting exercise…

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  3. May your garden be bountiful!

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  4. Your garden is huge! Oh my. My sister just got hers going–tomatoes and beans and other stuff. She raised them off the ground but I need to ask her why.

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    • I’ve thought about raised beds, since our soil is getting compacted from using the tractor to till. A lot of people like them because they’re eaiser to maintain; you really don’t till them (don’t need to), and depending on how high they are, it’s easier for people to weed and stuff. They don’t have to get on the ground or bend down so far.

      Have a great rest of your week, Jacqui!

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  5. Ah, Julie, you sound just like a mother [which is quite similar to the little red hen from the story where the hen does everything and the other animals all rock up to eat the bread at the end]. I feel like this all the time. If I don’t do it, it doesn’t get done. Glad your writing is progressing.

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  6. The great predator stalks its prey–most likely, Julie’s lap.
    So interesting about the sweet corn. We did corn once or twice. Never turned out well. We should probably research this stuff rather than going with the “throw it in the ground and see what happens” approach. Ah well. Think how great your harvest is going to be! And I remember when you had the million pickles. Was it really that long ago? Wow.

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    • Heh. Too bad she doesn’t bother to actually hunt anything outside, like field mice or chipmunks. She does manage to catch mice in the basement over the winter, though. With corn (sweet, popcorn, Indian, any kind) you have to plant enough rows so they can pollinate. A single row of corn isn’t going to give you much. I remember the million pickles, too. And I swore ‘never again’ with the half-dozen cucumber plants. Or was it ten? In any case, it was waaay too many 🙂

      Have a wonderful rest of your week, Betsy!

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  7. It’s the best year of all to garden, Julie. Time out of the house, in the sunshine, away from the virus. Your garden looks great. No weeds yet! I planted early and no frost but tooooo muchhh rain. The plants did not like it, though the slugs were overjoyed! Now the suns out again and everyone is perking up. Lol. Happy Gardening and Happy Writing. Be well and peaceful. ❤

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    • Ugh. We’ve had a few years with too much rain. I had to replant a bunch of stuff. This year it’s almost been too dry. We had a storm last night that gave us a good amount, and another forecast for tomorrow. And of course, by the time it’s dry enough for me to get into the garden without getting “mud shoes”, the weeds will be rampant.

      Stay well and have a wonderful rest of your week, Diana!

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  8. Nothing like veggies from the garden:) I planted mine, but left most in the green house. Good thing with the weather is all over the place. Have a great rest of weekend.

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    • Absolutely! I love fresh veggies, and it’s amazing how much better they taste than the veggies from the store. I love when my son talks about how much he likes green beans from the garden; he won’t eat frozen or canned. They also remind me of my mom and her garden.

      Have a wonderful rest of your week, Denise!

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  9. I had no idea about the timing of sweet corn. And although I am not a big fan of kale (give me arugula) everything else you’re planting sounds yummy. There is nothing better than fresh veggies in the summer.
    Happy planting, happy gardening, and happy writing!

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    • Sweet corn can be tricky, and then throw in the varieties that have different maturity times. I liked to plant corn with a 65 day maturity and an 85 day maturity, because theoretically, I could plant them at the same time, and pick them at different times. I planted arugula once. I liked it, but I was the only one who ate it, so it ended up bolting before I could do much with it.

      Have a wonderful rest of your week, Mae!

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