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Ah, that summer garden I nursed and spent so much time on all spring  only to leave it with reckless abandon to the care of my overworked husband when I went out-of-town for two months….

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It was a slow start and hmmm…..well, the lettuce looks good.

Take a peek.

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I didn’t even do a post about thanking all the soldiers and men and women who have sacrified for our country on Memorial Day. I was swimming in garden. And I am very thankful for the fact that I am able to do that.

How the day looked in pictures:

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Our fingernails. Ick.

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Okay, the first set of seeds I over watered and most of them rotted, all the beans did. Lesson number 1, do not let your seeds sit in water while waiting for sprouts, not even a bit of water. The paper towel need only be DAMP!

Lo and behold though, a week later when I went to throw them out, I found quite a few sprouted! Surprise!

I started repeats of the seeds I’d drowned. Though I did not drown this lot, many still did not sprout. IMG_4132

 

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We’re excited to see how things grow here in Wisconsin. Our two gardens in St. Marys, Georgia produced an amazing array of vegetables but fighting off the bugs from an organic garden proved almost fruitless. The bugs consumed over half of the garden in our back yard. Ugh! I was also too sick from pregnancy to fight. Talk about sea sickness! Ha! I wasn’t even the one in the Navy.

Sooo….here in Wisconsin. Well, let’s see. Everything I’ve looked up says start seeds around St. Patrick’s Day in southern Wisconsin. Well…. I couldn’t get myself together by then and the honey was busy working 12 hour days.

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Here we go again!

I tried not to start everything all at once this time. I started week one’s seeds, then week two’s and finished up yesterday with week three’s. Hopefully I won’t have to harvest all at once this season. But even if we must, freezing and canning are options we didn’t consider before. It seemed something my grandmother would do. Well HELLO! Guess who is turning into her grandmother at 36? Um…me.

Making a mess.

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I haven’t had one straight Bugs bunny type carrot yet. They only seemed to grow through to where the compost stopped and then they started lifting their feet like a little child who doesn’t want to touch the sea floor. I’ve never seen anything like it! They taste just as sweet as can be, but boy, did they put on a show.

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