plum tuckered

IMGP0715The rain is starting to fall right now. Last week when I mentioned how our potato planting was laid back and we were not in a wild rush to finish before a storm or something… well, that was definitely not the case with our onion planting this morning. Wild rush. Frantic high-speed-all-hands-on-deck sort of planting time. Something like 4000 onions by 9:30 am, and after milking the cow and moving the livestock and breakfast. These intense times serve their purpose just the same, I suppose, balancing out the calm times. Gets the heart pumping. IMGP0717So, yes, we planted onions this morning. Our friendly UPS man delivered them last evening, after an already long day in the garden, while we were up on the hill doing our evening chores. By that time we were already spent and looking forward to a good nights rest. But looking at the weather forecast, we knew the morning hours of work-time in the garden were limited. We knew we would have to bust ass if we wanted them in the ground before rain.IMGP0721During the night last night, about 1:30 am, Olivia started screaming for me because she could hear a wasp buzzing in her room. She was afraid of being stung while she slept and wanted to come into my room for the rest of the night. So she did and fell back asleep and slept soundly. For Eric and I, however, that pretty much ended our peaceful slumber. Between the brightness of the moon and the looming thoughts of coming rain, neither of us could sleep worth a hoot. I did manage to fall back asleep, although fitfully, but Eric’s wheels started turning and he designed a row marker for the onion planting while he laid in bed, unable to sleep. He was up at the garden, just as it was getting light, constructing his vision/version of a rolling row marker. “Wouldn’t want to be just laying in bed wasting time, right?” said Eric this morning as he tested his new tool. (Which worked expertly, I might add.)IMGP0720All three children were very eager to lend a hand with the morning’s planting, and if not for their involvement I’m pretty sure we would not have finished. Too bad I couldn’t pause even for a second to get a good picture of the Smith family work crew (plus Jesse, but he’s like family, too) in action. We worked like a well-oiled machine and left the garden feeling satisfied and ready for breakfast number two. IMGP0726

Now, with the rain falling I’m ready to put my feet up for awhile and work on the cool hat that I’m making. Maybe even steal a little cat-nap if the stars align just right. I’m plum tuckered out. I wonder if the little pepper and eggplant seedlings wouldn’t mind waiting just a few hours before being potted up…

right now :: over the rainbow

IMG_7433Last Friday’s harvest was a bountiful one, with all sorts of garden goodness like beans, squash, zucchini, eggplant, basil, tomatoes, cabbage, hot peppers, beets, etc. But the whole harvest crew (Opal was crew leader) seemed to have the most fun when we were digging our second crop of carrots. This planting was a carrot mix called “over the rainbow” from Fedco seeds. Lifting them from the soil was like finding buried treasures, so many colors and sizes and lots of crazy fun twisty shapes, too. If you have children and keep a little (or big) garden, I highly recommend this carrot mix for the kiddos. The best thing about them, though, is that they are sooooo tasty! So tasty that you might find yourself singing that familiar tune somewhere over the rainbowIMG_7434 IMG_7440 IMG_7441 IMG_7446