We expanded our garden this year. I have to say that breaking the ground and weeding is one of the toughest jobs I have experienced–physically. And I laugh at myself when I drive around the area and see Amish girls half my size work the ground like it was the easiest thing.

Luckily, R is part work-horse and just goes until the job is done. I’ll feel faint or tired being crouched down pulling the never-ending weeds. He’ll keep turning the earth and go for hours and insist I take it slow and take a break when I need to. But I can lure him to take a break with the offer of coffee (that way I don’t feel lame taking a break alone). But when I look over and see my dog sitting in the shade watching us, I feel a little bit of pride: “I am such a hard worker! I mean, compare me to my dog and I look like a professional.”

Yes, I’m at that stage where I compare myself to my dog.

This year, we are putting in the garden late. Super late. Usually we plant around Memorial Day. But there were days in April where there was ice and snow on the ground and most places in the area have only just gotten their starts a couple of weeks ago. So I tell myself we are fine.

So far we have:

Raider Cucumbers
Sugar Snap Peas
Purple Beauty Peppers
Yellow Onions
Cherokee Purple Tomatoes
Red Bell Peppers
Green Magic Broccoli
Opalka Tomatoes (gifted to me!)
Sungold Tomatoes
Beefsteak Tomatoes
Roma Tomatoes

As you can see, tomatoes are a staple and I love to grow different varieties so I can learn more about the different types. And I am always on the hunt for the best canning tomato: tons of meat! I have heard that the Opalka may be just the kind I am looking for.

So today we will finish up weeding and turning the soil. We will organize and plant the crops. And I will listen to R when he says I am planting the tomatoes too close. I swear, this year I will heed that advice!

1 Comment

  1. That certainly is the advantage of surplus tomatoes. Those that are not shared are so easy to can. We continued to grow the old fashioned ‘Roma’ tomatoes for many years. They were so very productive for us, even if the plants did not get very tall.


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