Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wait For No Man

Or no house. Of my own, at least. I just can't wait anymore. So, when I stopped at the Depot to get mulch (99 cents for a 50 pound bag) to spread beneath the tire swing that hangs below the "pirate ship" that has a blue slide that we got from our neighbors for 200 bones when they moved...



...well, I couldn't pass up the brussel sprout sprouts, the broccoli, or the buttercrisp lettuce just beginning to grow. So, they have a home now, among the tulips bordering the front lawn--at the rental.



Maybe it will be the next occupants of the rental that will enjoy the harvest, but there are certain things I can't ignore. Besides smudges on windows, a crying baby, and clean cool sheets...there's Spring's call to till the earth--I can't ignore that, anymore.

10 comments:

Ann said...

Good for you! It looks so warm there.

The Baker's Goods said...

I know how you feel! Glad you could get a garden going! Brussel sprouts? Do your kids like them? I grew tomatoes in big pots last year. Try it!

Tracy said...

When we moved into our rental nearly four years ago we had no idea we would still be here this much later. But in the first year I painted the entire interior nonetheless. And I put a lot of effort into decorating it to my liking. I figure, it may be someone else's house...but it's my home. And I will treat it and enjoy it as my home as long as we're in it. The house deserves it, but more importantly...our family deserves it.

merathon said...

99 cents for 50 pounds? wow!

i wish you could come plant my garden for me. i'm a gardening virgin and each spring we have been here (this will be our third) i say i'm going to plant a garden and then i chicken out and just shop the farmers' market instead (which is OH so good too)! i'm determined to at least get some herbs and tomatoes in this year though!

Kurt Knudsen said...

Food among the Flowers! Couldn't get better than that.

Anonymous said...

Barbara Kingsolver writes about planting asparagus (famous for not being able to harvest for YEARS after being planted) in the yard of rental housing that she didn't plan on staying in for more than a few months. You should read her essays--there so good.

aubrey said...

that is exactly what i would do at a rental. i am itching so bad to get out of this apartment and seeing that handful of dirt..i could almost smell it. so beautiful! enjoy it!

p.s. i concede with anon's comment. barbara kingsolver is one of my favorite author's.

Jordan said...

Yes,Anon, I've been reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. She is so good.

Ashley, actually broccoli and brussel sprouts are staple veggies at our house so I'm hoping the kids will enjoy the harvest, too.

Anonymous said...

Kingsolver's older essays are "smarter stuff" in my opinion--Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is pretty insipid and there's not much to sink your teeth into as far as good writing. Oh well. I guess it is a timely topic--eating locally seems to be strangely in vogue when it just seems like common sense to me; hasn't Alice Waters been making that tasty argument for 20 years or more??

Jordan said...

I agree, Anon, with everything you said. I enjoyed her earlier stuff more. Good, though, that what is strangely in vogue now is so healthful.

Alice Waters is great. She was before her time, wasn't she? I have her Chez Panisse Fruit "cookbook" and count one of my greatest culinary experience a meal with my husband at her restaurant in Berkely (by the same name).