The Wallworks

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Green


I am so hopeful that this will be the year I have a successful garden.  I have grown a few things in the past, but I really didn't know what I was doing.  My mom helped me plant some seeds and some baby plants and lo and behold some of them took.  And some of them didn't.


I decided this year to get a jump start and plant in these little boxes.  All from seed.  I put them out during the day and lovingly bring them in at night.  I water when they seem dry and talk to them to make them happy.


I will replant them all in about a month into a raised garden in my backyard that Glenn built a few years ago.


I am most excited about my Watermelons.  If they take I will be the happiest person in the world.  Delicious, organic, freshly picked juicy watermelon cold from the refrigerator is the best thing about summer.


A good friend and gardener extraordinaire gave me all of the supplies and helped me with tips to ensure a successful garden.  I told her she would get sick of me because I will be calling at all stages to get advice.


In return I am helping her grind grains and teaching her bread making techniques.


I am definitely getting off easy.


I hope in a few months my garden will be overflowing with tomatoes and cucumbers and my hill will be bursting with watermelon and cantaloupe.


But you know me, if nothing takes I'll be forced to create my own green treats in the kitchen.


And buy a watermelon every day of the summer.




*****Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your kind words of understanding on my Monday post.  Through reading so many of your uplifting blogs I have been inspired to be more open and it's truly wonderful.  

54 comments:

  1. I love to see those little plants grow. Now I would probably kill them (as I am a little plant killing specialist) but I have faith in you! I'm looking forward to watermelon too! And I'd like a slice of your lime cheesecake creation. :)

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    1. To see the first sprouts, so exciting.

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  2. Alright, I am rooting for your garden! Especially for the watermelons! You are lucky to have your friend close by for tips and advice to baby your sweet garden. But, she's getting a deal too! Lucky lady whoever she is, getting Marie Wallwork in person grinding, kneading, baking first hand....she doesn't even know how good she has it. :) Alright I'll stop.

    I love the green treats, I'm not even going to ask for the recipe because goodness knows I've had my fair share in the last few days leading up to this love day.

    I hope you had yourself a great Valentines Day....most likely filled with kids, but still. Love ya,

    Shauna

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    1. You are always way too nice. I guess I don't see my own strengths and when others can do something I can't I just think they are genius.

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  3. I love gardening! When we move back to the States in a couple months I'm hoping to have a flower garden. Ever since I was very tiny and my Grandma had a yard full of roses I've been in love with flowers ever since!

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    1. That's on my list too, planting a bunch of wildflowers.

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  4. I've never been much of a gardener. When I've tried, I haven't been very successful. With all of the things you do well, Marie, I'm sure this will too. Looking forward to hearing all about it. Those bars look wonderful!

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  5. This will be our fourth year with a garden. Every year I do a little better. It is too early for us to plant our seeds in those little boxes, but I can't wait until it's time! I haven't had luck with watermelons, although I'm going to try again. We got six, but they were tiny. We ate them anyway.

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    1. I am kind of thinking watermelons are too good to be true, but we'll see.

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  6. Good luck with the plants! I had a garden last year and I got lots of sweet potatoes! :) It was fun!

    P.S. I loved your guest post over at Forgotten Beast!

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    1. Oh I would save a bundle growing my own sweet potatoes. And I read your comment, thanks so much.

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  7. Jealous of your future garden! We tried for years, but the deers, bunnies and other vermin got our bounty before we did.

    Although I did learn that there are some herbs and veggies you can't plant together - the root system of one kills the other - so now I grow herbs in pots that sit on a bench, each herb has its own pot and they grow beautifully.

    Your comment made my day today - a teenager, really? It's funny because people ask me all the time how I take care of the skin on my face, and they are perplexed when I tell them that I normally wash my face with shampoo in the shower. :D

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    1. Curses to your perfect skin that needs no upkeep. My skin is blotchy, uneven and I am going to stop because I don't want to be a complainer but what I wouldn't give for your complexion.

      Sometimes it's nice when others point out our good fortune because as humans we take so much for granted. Just so you know, YOU have PERFECT skin.

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  8. I think your garden is going to yield wonderful things for you. I can just feel it!

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  9. Home grown fruits/veggies are the best!! I'm jealous you have a big variety and can get planting now!! We had a big garden growing up and I miss those garden vegetable dinners (that I didn't appreciate as a kid) The only thing I garden now are herbs and tomatoes...I should get on it already!!

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    1. They are the best, and the kids eat them better when they've seen the whole process.

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  10. I've made a few attempts to grow some herbs and vegetables in the past, but I'm just horrible about that stuff. I really wish I wasn't! I also have to very curious dogs that throw a wrench in my plan to have a nice tomato garden. :)
    I hope your garden grows beautifully- can't wait to see the results!

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    1. I am horrible too, that's why I am having help every step of the way. For big dogs you definitely need to put a gate around the whole thing.

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  11. I tried to start some veggies last year but failed! I'll def. be giving them a try again this year though, I haven't given up! I can't wait to see yours grow. The bars look incredibly yummy!

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    1. Good for you, I've failed in the past too, we'll both get it right eventually.

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  12. I need to try planting early this year! Guess I should start researching when it thaws in Massachusetts - and what to plant when! I need a genius gardening friend like you have!!!

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    1. Yeah really,I am basically doing everything she tells me to do.

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  13. i want to garden so badly! hey house hunters for v-day isn't so shabby! thats the best!

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    1. Ask around, see if someone will take you under their wing. People that are excited about gardening (or any skill they have a passion for) are usually more than happy to lend a hand.

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  14. I want to start a garden too but I need to research what will grow in my area! It's hard work! haha

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    1. It's really nice just having someone tell you what to do, when, how etc. I wouldn't be able to do it on my own, but I am learning.

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  15. Good luck with your garden!

    Unfortunately I have a black thumb. I kill plants.

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  16. I wish I had a green thumb! can't wait to see how it goes!

    xoxo navy & orange

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  17. This is so great!......something your whole family will enjoy. Hopefully, you'll be able to open up a stand selling your watermelons :) Good luck!

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    1. That would be great! I'll just send the kids to the corner with our extra bounty.

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  18. I have been itching to plant some seeds! Tis the season!

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  19. aw, good luck with your garden! if only i had even the tiniest ounce of a green thumb. but i swear i just look at a plant and it dies. boo!
    xo TJ

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  20. can you teach me how to do a garden?! you should do a series on it or something. i want one so bad!!

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    1. I am just learning. If I have success I will certainly pass along tips.

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  21. Will it make you like me less if I tell you I honestly hate watermelon? Go figure. Just read your last post as well. Your attitude is very inspiring, and you seem so wise! You should be very proud of yourself! :)

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    1. I hated watermelon as a kid, I think I ate some mushy ones. But now that I have had some good ones, oh my gosh I could eat em' all day.

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  22. Last year I had my first successful garden. My tip for you is to install a drip system and set it on a timer. Makes it so much easier. Once I set that up for mine, it took off. I had watermelon, pumpkin, and cantaloupe take over almost half of the space. And my tomato plants were crazy huge.

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    1. Thanks, yes my friend was saying the same thing so I'll have to have Glenn look into that. I love passing chores to him.

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  23. I hope have great success in your garden!

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  24. Ah can't wait for watermelons! Can you tell I'm ready for summer?

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  25. I know nothing about gardening. Nothing! So I'll just wish you loads of luck with yours Marie. Knowing you (the little that I do) it's going to be straight up fantastic.

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    1. I know nothing too! I am being babied by a fantastic gardener friend every step of the way. The most awesome thing about me is I surround myself with such great people, I like to leech off them.

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  26. Ha! I laughed at your response to the comment above mine.

    I want to start a garden so bad! We live in a weird spot for gardening though- there is lead in the soil, and deer jump over the fence and eat everything. If you have any tips for that let me know! :)

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  27. I'm trying to create a veggie and fruit garden of our own too this year. I better get cracking! I thought you planted the seeds in March. I need a Gardner for a friend too to set me straight. Can't wait to see what we end up with!

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  28. amazing. i've always wanted to know how to plant a small garden. if only i knew someone i could barter with!! that worked out great.

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  29. Hey you redid your blog theme/design! Really pretty! I love it. You're lucky to have a consultant to help you. I like that you put "we believe" I've been wanting to do that to mine also. I love that website, it's so great. Looking forward to your next post. Love you,

    Shauna

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  30. We are going to start our garden planning this weekend and have someone coming to help us with the design (as we are branching out from raised beds).

    All the luck with your garden...it is great to have a master garderner at hand. Can't wait to see the bounty you pull in.

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  31. What is that delicious picture at the end? Good luck with your garden, nothing like fresh from the garden veggies!

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