I Know I Shouldn’t Have Laughed…

…but I really couldn’t help myself!


If you think this is Turkey’s attempt at spelling “festivals” you’re wrong (although, looking at what he wrote, that’s probably the best reasonable guess as to what he was trying to communicate!). This is actually Turkey’s attempt to spell “vegetables” without any assistance.

It really makes you wonder how children hear the words that are being said to them!

Garden 2009

The garden has been planted for over a week now, and so far, I’m off to a better start than last year.  By that I mean that we haven’t had a late frost that killed off all my plants, and nothing has eaten them (so far!), so it’s going well, for now anyway.

It’s very much the same as last year’s garden.  Tomatoes (but more of them!), zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, jalapeños, red onions, carrots and radishes from seed (the radishes are sprouting already), basil, cilantro, and rosemary (something new, because it smells amazing!).

I am also apparently growing pumpkins.  I put our fall pumpkins in the garden beds last year, figuring they’d make for good compost.  I guess I assumed that the seeds would not survive the winter.  I was wrong.  Way wrong.  I’ve got at least 20 pumpkin vines started–I’m going to thin them out eventually, but for now, I’m letting them grow to see which ones are really good, and then I’ll leave a few, and see if we can’t grow a few pumpkins of our own.

The nectarine tree is also doing well, which is something of a surprise to me–I thought the shock of being transplanted would mean no fruit at all for at least one season.  But, there are several very tiny, very purple (also surprising!) nectarines, particularly on the lower branches, so we’ll see how those grow.

I’m very excited about the things we’re trying to grow, and really hoping the garden is successful.  I have visions of homemade pico de gallo, pesto, and zucchini bread (among other things), made with home-grown produce.


To Market, To Market

Farmer’s Market that is. I was on the way home from getting Turkey’s hair cut, and he and Bunny begged to stop by the Farmer’s Market. We didn’t really have anything else to do, and even though this is usually an outing I save for a morning when Daddy is home to accompany us, it was a pretty morning, so I acquiesced. Unloading the double stroller and all four children from the van is always interesting, but if we didn’t get out of the house once in a while, I’d go crazy (or crazier, depending on who you ask!)

I didn’t buy anything this week, partly because we didn’t get there until 11:30, so it was kind of picked over, (usually we try to go before 9:00), and partly because I accidentally left my wallet in the car, and I wasn’t going to go back for it, but I was impressed with the selection. This is the first week that I saw lots of stuff I normally would buy, even with the late hour. There was an abundance of zucchini and yellow squash, quite a few cucumbers, radishes, red and white potatoes, and even some onions, with a few other items mixed in. I wouldn’t have minded getting some of those zucchini and squashes–a few of my favorite summer recipes involve those vegetables, and the children love zucchini bread (hey, any attempt to get them eat vegetables counts, right?).

There’s just nothing like fresh, locally grown produce–I can’t wait until all the varieties of onions and tomatoes are in, along with fresh corn, melons, peaches and (please let it be soon!) garlic. Going to the farmer’s market every Saturday was one of our favorite weekly outings last summer, and I can tell that this summer will be no different!