This is Me…Cutting Down on the Garden. Hmmmmmmm—May 20, 2024.

We are in a flurry of activity around here, getting the garden ready. We are weeding, planting, hoeing, watering, setting up sprinkler systems…all the things that need to be done. I promised myself that I was going to cut down a little bit this year, since I’m working so many hours. I have had limited success with that! It’s just so fun to plant things.

I have some spinach coming up in this raised bed, There is lettuce in there as well. The bed behind it still has not been cleaned out. I’m way late on some of my chores around here!

I have spaced the tomatoes much further apart. I can walk between the rows much better than I usually can and I hope it is easier to hoe and harvest.

There are only 3 rows of peas instead of the 6-8 I usually plant. My carrots came up very sparsely, as did my beets. So…..those I actually need to plant over again, I think. I finally have been able to get some lettuce to survive. I had some small plants Rob started in the greenhouse that are taking off at last, and some seeds did come up and escape the slugs’ voracious appetites after 3 tries.

We did not plant anything in the very back of the garden. We didn’t do corn at all, anywhere, and there are much fewer rows of beans than normal.

There are some seeds in the ground in this raised bed that have not come up. There are a few tomatoes against the fence and the remains of my strawberry plants. They aren’t doing super well, for whatever reason. We shall see what happens. That’s part of the fun of gardening….the anticipation.

I have been out in the garden early and late…whenever I can spare some time. Even with cutting down our planting, we still have a pretty big garden! I’m excited to finally have the weather dry off enough to get out there. It’s been a long spring for us here and I’m eager. I’ m almost done planting, and I can’t wait until it really starts to grow and produce.

As Rob prepares to be gone for almost 2 weeks to Kenya, he has been scurrying around here setting up the sprinklers in the garden, making sure the lawn mower has gas for me to use, setting up the automatic lawn sprinkler system, and a million other things. That lawn system required some work as we had a couple of broken sprinkler heads and some sprinklers were overgrown with grass. We just got that done this weekend, and just in time. After incessant rain for weeks and weeks, it dried off and didn’t rain a drop for quite some time, leaving me to water every little plant with old milk jugs, watering cans and the hose….let’s just say I’m super glad it’s fixed. We ran a round immediately and saved me quite a bit of time.

Rob leaves on Thursday. He will be working with kids in Sunday Schools (300 at a time, we are told), orphanages in the evenings (150 at a time, they say), and doing some work with agricultural projects during the days (not sure exactly what that will entail–time will tell). We are both super excited to see how it all unfolds. Prayers are much appreciated!

4 thoughts on “This is Me…Cutting Down on the Garden. Hmmmmmmm—May 20, 2024.”

  1. Safe travels to Rob!
    Happy gardening to you!
    I’m having internet connection issues, so, typing very short comments as I keep getting kicked off!

  2. Well, that garden sure looks big to me! I’m praying for Rob, and for you holding down the fort while he’s gone. So, you’ve mentioned another job–what do you do? I’ve been doing elder/home care for the last 4 years, part time, since my youngest finished homeschooling. I just started at a retirement facility and am working many more hours than before. I’m tired! But still trying to do the garden–so I understand your motivations to cut back.

    1. We are actually doing the exact same job, we just changed companies to do it through–caretaking for our niece and nephew. With this different company, we get more per hour and can work more hours when it’s needed. It’s been needed the past few months!!!! And this week, with Rob gone, I’ve barely come up for air, and I still cannot be 2 people:). So, I’m working as much as I can, and others have been picking up the rest of the needed hours.

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