2009 Garden Underway

Life has been a little hectic around our house over the past several months…hence the lack of regular Prairie Roots posting. My husband, Cory, was hard at work finishing his second year of a doctoral degree while working as a research and teaching grad assistant. I officially became a candidate for ordained ministry in the SD synod of the ELCA and was admitted to seminary for last fall. I delayed the start of my studies for one year, though, when an opportunity came up to be a part-time, interim youth director at my church for the rest of the ’08-’09 school year.

Cory and I were fortunate to be able to work our schedules around caring for our now three-year-old daughter so that one of us was always home with her (with grandma contributing some quality granddaughter time when our schedules conflicted). I juggled my part-time job with church council and Habitat for Humanity board responsibilities along with kid activities like toddler gym and weekly library visits.

So, it’s been a bit crazy, but a couple things are winding down. My youth director position ends this month, since we have a new youth and family minister in my congregation. And I’ll be scaling back a couple of my other activities as I head into the start of studies this fall (distributed learning through Luther Seminary, so I’ll take much of my coursework online from home). I’ll also be the main pre-school teacher for our daughter, since we’re taking care of that at home (but since she already knows her alphabet, most letter sounds, how to count from 1-20, colors, and most shapes, I’d say we’re already in pretty good shape on that front).

Of course, I’m also looking forward to a spring, summer, and fall working in this year’s garden, which is finally underway. I’ve been starting seeds–first onions, scallions, and leeks–since February. Then Brussles sprouts in March. I got tomatoes and peppers started in flats at the beginning of April, and transplanted them into larger containers earlier this month. Spinach got direct-seeded into a raised bed in March, and potatoes went in about two weeks ago.

I’m busy getting clean-up work done in the garden itself, including establishing a main pathway down the middle of the entire garden. I’m mulching the paths by first laying down several layers of newspaper, then covering the newspaper with wood chip mulch (sometimes adding a layer of old grass clippings underneath the wood chips.

Mulching history

Mulching history

I had quite a few seeds left over from last year but still ordered a bunch from Fedco Seeds this year. Here’s what I got:

Luscious Bicolor Sweet Corn
General Lee Slicing Cucumber
Waltham Butternut Squash
Yaya Carrot
Prisma Shallots
Space Spinach
Summer Lettuce Mix
Winter Lettuce Mix
Bright Lights Chard
Tres Fine Maraichere Endive
Gigante d’Italia Parsley
Safir Cutting Celery
Glacier Tomato
Cherokee Purple Tomato
Soldacki Tomato
Aunt Ruby’s German Green Tomato
Ruby Gold Tomato
Peacevine Cherry Tomato
Orange Banana Paste Tomato
Amish Paste Tomato
Sun Gold Cherry Tomato
Sweet Chelsea Cherry Tomato
Sweet Basil
Genovese Basil
Caribe Cilantro
Greek Oregano
Winter Savory
German Thyme
Sparky Mix French Dwarf Double Marigold
Tall Climbing Mix Nasturtium
Benary’s Giants Mix Zinnia
Gold Medal Mix Zinnia
Cutflower Mix
Beneficials Mix
Dark Red Norland Potato
German Butterball Potato
Carola Potato


About EMH

Forty-something. South Dakotan. Mother to 11-year-old K.L. Wife to Cory. Lutheran pastor. Novice organic gardener. Sustainable living aspirer.
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