But one late May morning, Jacob accompanied me to The Growing Place, where I wandered among the vegetables remaining in their greenhouses, wondering what to purchase. I finally decided on several items, with the help of Peggy, a knowledgeable TGP staff person who was very encouraging and helpful. Jacob helped me get all the plants onto a rolling cart, into the car, and home.
Here's what I chose:
Falling-over vegetable plants await planting.
Purple onion sets. I chose them because that's all there was. They should've been planted in April, but I'm hoping for a late season anyway.
A smaller sweet pepper, thinner and longer, called Giant Marconi.
A few peppers were already growing on the plants.
I spied the butternut squash while I was contemplating purchasing zucchini--which I've never grown but how hard could it be?--and purchased one little pot, which had three plants in it. If I get two or three squash out of it, it'll be a good deal.
With Fernando's generous garden budget, I splurged and got some really nice work gloves. For some reason, my floral ones and pink ones disappeared. I have a spot for them, and I have all guys. I still wonder about it.
And never forget my Craftsman, the only brand I'll buy. A trowel and a mini hoe tool are all I need to be happy working in my garden.
Before the planting began, we had to work in the organic compost, which my guys did for me. Did I mention that this was their Mother's Day gift to me? (Work in the garden! Yippee!!)
I had to get in there and get my own hands dirty, of course, and here's what my gloves looked like at the end of the compost session:
Then it was time to get up on the deck of the pool to get an overview shot. Boy, look at all those weeds! I know, I know, I'm all about the details. But the great part--compost has been worked into the soil, around the herbs I previously planted, and it looks like things are ready to be planted!
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