Who Said The Weekend Is For Resting? They Fib!!

What water yields the most beautiful veggie garden? Perspiration!

To the puzzle…unless I do twenty pieces, I cannot begin the gardening activities…self-imposed rule!

By 8:00 AM I was in the car going to the nursery. Looking at everything, I picked up some tomatoes, pole beans, news strains of bush beans and eight bags of bumper crop! I am ready to hit the garden!

We buy three cubic foot bags at a time

Random Memories:  I remember by aunts in Downey having victory gardens in their large front yards.  They grew a little bit of everything and even had chickens.  In the summer I loved to pick the string beans and shelling peas.  The gardens were 100′ by 100′ … they disappeared after they decided to build new houses and rent out the older smaller houses in the back of the property. Victory Gardens were a WWII things were people grew their own food so the soldiers would get more from the farmers. 

While ours is not technically a victory garden, it does supply us with a lot of food we do not have to buy at the store!

I working in the yard from 9:00 AM until about 3:00 PM deciding a short nap would be good before going dancing at the Elks! This being 74 is tough!

Let’s first do a before & after photo comparison. The “black dirt” is the soil amendment which I did on with the rototiller or by hand. The plants go in next followed by the straw mulch!

Friday afternoon – digging in the amendment

Once the mulch is in, it gets a good watering which will last a week because he mulch shields the ground form the suns rays and the drying winds.

Saturday afternoon – Planted and mulched!

The back yard (not including the side-yard) takes two bales of straw and about ten bags of amendment. Now everything is just sit-back-and-water ready! I had to get this going as on the 20th we are having our kids/grandkids over for egg coloring and they all like to visit the garden!

We are having our daughters Robin and Michele, son Joe, Grandson Zachary and their families plus Irene, Crazy Greg and “The Brits” for lunch at the local Indian restaurant returning home for an afternoon to hilarity with the grandkids and great grand kids! We have been doing this for years now (check our Easter pages). So I had to get the garden in as “the garden tour” is a tradition!

Quick stop at the strawberry patch before going inside to rest!

We called Aunt Kaye and she is doing well…the move to assisted living was an excellent idea! She visit folks, has three meals a day and is quite happy. We are going back up in a couple of weeks to bring some goodies like a card table and reading lamp.

We are off like a shot…to the Garden Grove Elks for an evening of fun with friends. We had a long table full this evening and we danced the cha-cha, swing, waltz, rhumba, and nightclub two-step! Life is good. Three beers later and I was ready to perform on stage…it could have been worse, the beer could have been alcoholic!

We headed home about 9:30 PM and watched TV until about 11:30 PM before crashing!

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet loving my best friend and wife, having fun, learning, and passing on helpful things to others.
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