gardening excitement

Carl and I have been weed­ing the gar­den like mad the last few days. Out of the 500 square feet, a good 150 (if not more) of it had weeds. I assume it’s because we brought in a bunch of top­soil last year, but all the same, it’s quite annoy­ing. I think most all of it is clear of weeds now, thank good­ness. And we have veg­eta­bles grow­ing! Some toma­toes on about half the plants, a few bell pep­pers on a cou­ple of the plants, but­ter­nut squash, some mel­ons (I don’t remem­ber which kind I plant­ed there, so we’ll just guess when they’re ripe), zuc­chi­ni, cucum­bers, and arti­chokes! One of the squash plants has start­ed annex­ing the school­yard behind our house, which is quite fun. Squash extend­ed about ten feet into the school­yard a cou­ple years ago, caus­ing the mow­ers to mow around it. The but­ter­nut squash plant in ques­tion is grow­ing out of the com­post, so it’s ter­rif­i­cal­ly hap­py and pro­duc­ing lots of squash. The let­tuce has just about gone to seed, as has the arugu­la. I don’t know what’s going on with the kale — it’s near­ly ined­i­ble from being so tough, so if any­one has sug­ges­tions on what to do with it, let me know. I think that about cov­ers what we are grow­ing — a few more types of squash and mel­ons, and then the aspara­gus is nice and bushy, so lots of nutri­ents are get­ting to the roots. And the pota­toes and sweet pota­toes are com­ing along nice­ly.

Last night, we had lam­b­chops from our meat CSA in a mari­nade of lemon juice, gar­lic, and oregano, and we had roast­ed beets. The beets are bet­ter when they’re wrapped in foil and roast­ed that way, but these were okay. It was our first time hav­ing lam­b­chops — they were absolute­ly deli­cious, and I look for­ward to hav­ing them again. I made GF crepes for break­fast — also deli­cious.

All in all, life is good, and I’m hap­py with how things are going. I haven’t done much sewing recent­ly, but I’ll get back to that.