April 29, 2007

Gardening and a Canoe

It was a gorgeous weekend so we got started on our gardens on Saturday. The girls worked on the Mary Garden. The perinneal ground cover came back from last year. But I think everything else might have been annuals. We'll see. Our tulip and daffodil bulbs came up. They planted some daisies for Our Lady. Now to figure out what else to do... I don't have a green thumb.

We don't have a fine-till rototiller so after using a disk (or is it disc?) to dig up our vegetable garden Aragorn came up with a make-shift-dirt-smoother-outer. Chained to the back of the lawnmower was a pallet with wood stumps (later to be burned when the weather turns cold again!) It worked like a charm.

The children and I worked on the garden. It's quite a large garden at 96 ft long by 31 feet wide at it's widest point and tapers down to maybe 15 or 20 feet at the other end. I haven't figured out why it is tapered but it worked out well. The shorter end is just the right length for a packet of seeds and the wider end for the greater space-taker-uppers.

We planted just about every common vegetable and some herbs: carrots, lettuce, radishes, scallions, spinach, basil, onions, parsley, dill (love the smell!), peas, beans, broccoli, potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, GIANT pumpkins, birdhouse gourds (not one of my choosings.... but guess what art project we will have in the fall!), etc... Tomato plants weren't available yet at the local temporary green house so those will go in this week, along with marigolds at the end of each row.

Pippin got his first ride in the *big* tractor. He loved it... of course!

Another highlight of the weekend is finding a "new-to-us-but-very-used-to-someone-else" canoe on Craigslist on Saturday. It's 17 feet long. We picked up paddles and 3 life-preservers on our way home and then promptly drove to a small lake near our house to give rides to the children.

First lesson Pip learned was that lake water isn't all the same depth like a bathtub. He went running right out into the water and *plop*... at first he wasn't very happy but he got right back up and did it again... and again... and again!

Galadriel tries her hand at paddling.

We didn't find any baby/toddler life preservers yet so Merry and Pippin just got to sit in the boat along the water's edge and go in a circle... they were satisfied! *phew*

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