What’s Up Wednesday for May 23rd

Oh, MAN! I am SO, SO excited!

Our first Lakes and Valley CSA delivery is tomorrow!

Also with the delivery will come the bedding plants I ordered. So, what’s up for my Wednesday? Deciding, finally, where these plant-babies will go. I’ve got a few things coming that I need to settle a home for. I’ll also be picking up my order from Azure standard, which will include some perennial herbs. I like the idea of a perennial herb bed – as I made a list late in the winter of ‘what I missed’ that my garden didn’t have, or I couldn’t buy at a local farmer’s market last summer: sage. rosemary. thyme. (Just need parsley, and we can cue Simon and Garfunkel).

Here is what’s up:

Already in the garden (most just newly planted last Satuday, some planted as long as last November…ok, just one thing, the garlic):

– two varieties of beans. One green, one violet (new thing!)

– transplanted chives, rhubarb, and the ever-present-no-matter-how-much-I-try-to-get-rid-of horseradish. Good thing we like it.

– beets – detroit dark red, chioggia, and golden

– snap peas – sugar daddy

– raspberries (which you can see above)

– 4 developing strawberries!

– parsnips

– quinoa (a small experimental row, the seeds of which were a gracious gift for my birthday)

– Cuban oregano, san Marzano tomato, Best boy tomato (stolen by squirrel, rabbit, or child. Not sure which), genovese basil, sugar baby watermelon (fried crisply. Too bad) (all of which I bought at an awesome plant sale at the Northern Plains Botanical Garden society! Most were $1!)

– garlic (which you can see above as well)

To be planted when delivered — tomorrow!!!! – Did I mention I’m excited?????

– brussels sprouts – Churchill

– zucchini – Elite

– tomatoes – brandywine, gilbertie, new girl and Matt’s wild cherry, and container tomatoes (oregon spring)

– bell peppers – ace and revolution

– hot peppers – jalapeno

– cucumbers – marketmore

– cabbage – kaitlin

– sage, lavender, thyme, rosemary

It should be an interesting plant shuffle.   I think I’ll harvest the garlic fairly soon (I’ve never grown garlic before, but apparently I’m supposed to wait to pull it until the first 3 leaves die back and wither…1 of the three has withered on several of the plants. Once that’s out, I’ll just have peas there, which won’t be a forever thing — so there’ll be some space. ) I have one raised bed for the herbs, and possible a cucumber or zucchini, and then one additional completely empty raised bed. There are 4 others, but they are mostly spoken for.  My other option is to put a few things in the strawberry bed. I had two surviving plants after winter, but hey — that’s a start. My lush raspberry crop was started with a gift from a friend of canes from her parent’s place, which I neglected to plant for…oh…about 4 – 6 weeks, after which 6 were plants, 4 survived. Now, I have thinned twice in 4 seasons! Strawberries, follow your fruity cousins and multiply – multiply I say! *I heart strawberries.

Anything up in your garden? On your patio? in your Terrarium?

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Found: The Victory of Gardening…

A Victory Garden poster - have you ever looked at these? I really love 'em. I'm going to be decorating my porch with an "old seeds" theme, and I'm going to find my favorite prints to display.

I just wrote a short post on my Wildtree Facebook page encouraging people to try growing greens, which, the more I think about it, is funny. Many/most? of us don’t grow anything we eat, have never done so, and might feel very at sea even trying. These days, gardening is a hobby – not a necessity. Some see it as progress, some see it as traditional knowledge lost – I think it could possibly be both.

I used to hold the idea in my head and heart that I could be self-sufficient. I wish I could say reason and faith told me otherwise – mostly it was frustration and failure that clued me in – its just not to be! Now, I definitely rejoice and appreciate how we were made. And how was that?

Humankind was made (especially if you take the Christian perspective into account!) to be inter-dependent regarding other humans (while fully reliant on God). “Its not good that we’re alone” – and also, not good that we completely lose touch with the Earth, created to give us sustenance, and be stewarded by us. Again, in Scripture, Christ spoke in lots of shepherding and farming metaphors – because it was a universal experience. Now, those same verses don’t quite resonate as strongly, perhaps, because few Westerners keep sheep, and farming as a career continues to shrink, and gardening isn’t something everyone does. Whether you believe in God, or not, reason alone can tell us that we can’t do everything — even the climate in which we live dictates what we can grow and when. (Ecclesiastes, anyone?)

Segue – let’s bring back the ‘victory’ of gardening – Its like celebrating Interdependence Day! (Without the fireworks. Because I say so.)

I have a full weekend of the joy of weddings and bridal showers (yay – happy times!), but here’s where I’d be hanging out if I was in town.

Friday: An open-house for the soon-to-be established Prairie Roots Food Co-op, which has been in the planning process for around 2 years.The open house is at the Bluestem Center for the Arts in S. Moorhead, and begins at 7 pm TONIGHT, Friday, April 20th.

Saturday: Free day celebrating a new display at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead!

There is a series of NEW Victory Garden posters for "our" time - do a Google search and find some. They are so cool!advertisements from that time period, and would like to learn more about this era. Was this, too, a time when the average person wasn't gardening as much, and so a 'Victory Garden' would have been a stretch for the average Jane or Joe?

“Seeds of Victory” focuses on WWII and the encouragement for all citizens to grow a garden – as a patriotic duty.  I have always been struck by the colorful Victory garden advertisements and been interested to learn more about the whys and wherefores of this time in history.

Also Saturday is a free Earth Day party at the Red River Zoo with a ton of fun activities (besides seeing the animals, of course). You just need to pick up tickets at a Gate City Bank location in the F/M area. Yay!

Have a great weekend, all.