Tuesday, May 26, 2009

How does your garden grow?

In addition to Sunday worship and the evening PBS concert (excerpted in a YouTube posting), we observed the holiday with two picnic/party gatherings, one on Sunday and the other on Monday, both at our place. Fortunately for us, our friends were willing to get their hands dirty in the flower beds ($3 for gallon perennials at Lowe's over the holiday weekend, plus a bunch of bareroot, fresh dug perennials - mostly Black-eyed Susan and Bee Balm - gifted by a new friend Robin met in the Lowe's checkout line). We love the progression of color, from early bulbs to spring flowering shrubs (the big rhododendron is pictured above) to early perennials to season-long perennials and summer-flowering shrubs. No vegetable garden planned, though we'll grow some herbs and might stash a few odd veggies in some of the remaining gaps. This year, we joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Each week during the growing season, we'll receive a share of the harvest from a small family farm using organic growing methods and supplying the freshest of local ingredients. We've been interested in doing this for several years, but this is the first time we've done it. Looking forward to some good eating!

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