It is teacher present time of year. Last year, I waited until the last week and had to knit 8 wash cloths (ok…I didn’t have to…) during the busiest time of the school year.
This year I wised up a bit. First of all, I started earlier to relieve some stress. Secondly, I am only doing one wash cloth (ok…maybe two…) per teacher, albeit with fancier patterns. I will go to a local store called Sage and Cedar to buy rough cut soaps to go with them.
This pattern is called “Scottish Fleet Square“. I am using Lily Sugar n’ Cream, and the colorway is Denim.
Lovely weather we are having!
Man, am I sore!
Yesterday, I worked in the Community Garden from 8:30 am until nearly 5 pm. It was a very productive day. I took the black plastic off of my newest plot (I was hoping to kill the grass and warm up the soil). Kyle, another original plot holder and I rented a tiller. Even though we will no longer tractor-till the entire garden, it is simply much easier to break through a rhizome-y grass layer.
So he tilled his plot, Lucy and Andrew tilled their plot, and Kyle was nice enough to do mine, too. I didn’t till my established bed, and hopefully this will be the last time I will have to do any of my beds. Unfortunately, the tiller then broke, which means Brooke had to do hers by hand. Yikes–that’s a lot of work. My husband suggested that she actually use a shovel to cut away the whole grass layer, instead of just turning over the soil. That seemed to be a good plan–the roots of the grass are deep and ubiquitous.
Eric and I did the same thing where the seven blueberry bushes will be planted. It is not easy.
So after cutting away the grass for the blueberries, I went to work in my freshly tilled plot to pull out as many grass roots as I possibly could. Even though I can hardly walk today, it will be worth it in the long run. Eric rebuilt the base of the Garden’s homely little greenhouse, but it was too windy to put the plastic on it.
Naomi and Arnold and their kids showed up and finished the prepping of the blueberry patch. Arnold added peat moss and sulfur to the beds, because blueberries like an acidic soil. We will probably use a pine needle mulch to help keep that corner acidic.
In the meantime, Natalie and Jeff and their kids came to play in the garden for a while. They raked in some manure, and even dumped a load on my plot for me.
There has been more activity in the Garden this spring than I have ever seen before. Kids laughing, parents talking and working–and everyone helping each other. This is what a community garden is supposed to be!
Naomi and I, per usual, discussed all the items on our to-do list. The Center for Restorative Youth Justice kids are coming to work on Wednesday, and they will dig up the areas where raspberries and strawberries will be planted, so that is one item off the list.
- We need to get the table out of the shed and get it set up as a washing station.
- The shed itself needs organizing.
- We need to finish marking out the plots with landscaping fabric.
- We need to plant potatoes.
- The herb garden needs planting (in a few weeks).
- The greenhouse needs plastic.
- Strawberries and raspberry canes will need to be planted.
- Irrigation for the community beds needs to be laid out.
I told Naomi that I have to constantly remind myself that it doesn’t all have to happen this year. We are just so excited that everything is finally coming together, and we want it to match the vision we have in our heads. I can tell this group of plot holders is going to be amazing. The spirit of community has already sprouted (ha! gardening analogy). It makes us giggly!
As for my plot, I went back today to work on it. I raked out the manure, and created mounds for future planting. I think I will try straw as a mulch on the walkways this year. I erected my pea trellis, and planted sugar and snap pea seeds. It may be too early, but if so, I will just try again. In my raised pallet bed, I seeded 2 rows of radishes, 2 rows of spinach, a row of romaine, another of a lettuce blend, and a row of green onions.
We shall see how this works–it is supposed to rain tomorrow and the garden needs it. We won’t turn the water on for another two weeks or so, until the danger of a hard freeze has passed. A record-breaking hard freeze is forecasted for Tuesday night, so I will cover my onions with Reemay. My seeds will be fine. Hopefully my pea trellis will survive the wind event we are also forecasted to have on Monday.
So much to think about.
- Growing Your Own Strawberry Garden (proflowers.com)
- Columbia Falls Community Garden (frommichigantomontana.com)
- Columbia Falls Community Garden (frommichigantomontana.com)
- Sun’s Gettin’ Shinery to Spotlight the Finery…Spring, Spring Spring… (frommichigantomontana.com)
- 5 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Spring (apartmentguide.com)
- A Busy Spring Break (frommichigantomontana.com)
- Why I Dislike Tower Gardens (madderhatt.wordpress.com)
- Our Community Garden Plot (earlywonder.wordpress.com)
- Carlisle ponders community garden regulations (pennlive.com)
I have so much to do. I’m not really complaining because most of my tasks are self-imposed.
I have essays to grade (I assigned them). I have garden plots to weed and prep (I decided to have 3 this year).
I have a speech to write (I accepted when asked-yikes).
I need to organize the planting of strawberries and raspberries (I agreed to be the garden director).
I have two more pairs of fingerless mittens to knit (I plan to gift them to my yoga instructors).
I have 4 cabled wash cloths to knit (teacher presents).
I have a new course to plan (I pitched it).
I need to redo my yard where it was torn up when the garage was being built (Only self-inflicted because I can’t have an ugly yard).
I need to build raised beds for the west side of the new garage (I don’t have to do it this year, but I want to).
I decided to create a new flower bed, and change the shape of another (to accommodate a new path that will lead from our house to the garage).
I also have to teach, clean, parent, be a wife, and play with my dog.
I need to find time to work out.
I have neglected my blog because of this to-do list, which makes me feel guilty. I decided to combine the two, which probably doesn’t make for fascinating reading (despite the title), but it is helping my organize my thoughts.
So thanks for that! 🙂
Here’s a nice picture to make up for my boring post. When I get time, I will write a post about the three-day Montana Judicial Institute I just attended.