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I must remember to find a gardening icon [May. 22nd, 2007|10:08 pm]
Zoethe
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Here's a universal truth for you:

There's no such thing as spending half an hour in the garden.

This afternoon was sort of quiet, so Ferrett and I decided that we would run to the local garden shop and pick up the annual herbs for our herb garden. Of course we weren't there for 10 minutes before I got not one but two emergency "I was just referred to you and I need help!" phone calls. Instead of a leisure poke around the garden center, it was instead an efficient grab of the plants we knew we wanted and then race home so I could return calls and get people set up with appointments. By then it was dinner time and I was starved, and then we went for a walk because it was such a nice evening. I considered leaving the herbs go until tomorrow, but I have a full day of appointments and running around, and it's supposed to be 90 degrees tomorrow, so I wanted to get them into the ground. It was only 8pm and the sun was still up, though, so I thought, oh heck, I can do this in half an hour or less!

Except the ivy really needed some trimming back along the fence to keep it from overshadowing the garden bed. And some of the other perennials needed trimming up. And by the time I got the last of the plants in and watered, I was debating whether to go fetch a flashlight.

9:45.

There is no such thing as spending half an hour in the garden.

But the herbs are in! We have parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme - both regular and lemon. We also have oregano, tarragon, cilantro, curry, lemon verbena, lemon balm, chocolate and apple mint, regular and Thai basil, and chives. I was thinking of putting in a tomato and a pepper plant in the back yard, but we couldn't linger to peruse the selection.

And I have a twitchy thigh muscle and sore glutes from all that squatting down!

Dmitiri and Kat - if you stop by tomorrow I have at least a baby thyme that had set up housekeeping all on its own away from the main plant. I had to dig it up to plant somebody else, and it will quickly languish in its little container. I have a 3pm appointment in Akron, though, so I don't know if I will be back in time to dig up anybody else tomorrow, and I hesitate to dig up too much stuff if I don't know that you are coming for certain.

Anyway, off to bed with me!
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[User Picture]From: celyste
2007-05-23 07:57 am (UTC)

now it's stuck in my head!

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.
Remember me to the one who lives there,
She once was a true love of mine
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-23 10:23 am (UTC)

Re: now it's stuck in my head!

Yup, me too. Why do you think I had to share?
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2007-05-23 10:06 am (UTC)
Try a kneeling pad (made of thick dense foam) or a gardener's bench (like a cart with seat), both available in most garden shops, which will give some rest from the squatting position. Enjoy your garden!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-23 10:40 am (UTC)
I actually do have a bench. I must remember to use it!
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[User Picture]From: greybeta
2007-05-23 02:25 pm (UTC)
My parents also seem to enjoy gardening for some reason. Maybe I'll understand the allure when I get older.

Also, as part of our agreement, I posted on what I think the greatest flaw of Christian teachings is.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-23 10:06 pm (UTC)
I totally didn't get it when I was a kid. I think it's a latent gene or something.
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[User Picture]From: mazlynn
2007-05-23 05:17 pm (UTC)
Right there with you. I spent the morning planting blueberry plants. In a yard that is mostly shale and clay. It wasn't so much a matter of digging a hole as it was of chipping loose pieces of shale and levering out rocks.

I think my vegetable garden will have to be a raised bed this year.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-23 10:10 pm (UTC)
I am impressed at how much the soil has improved just from being worked. Keep at it!
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