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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Impromtu Company and a Garden

Hello Everyone!

A funny thing happened the other day.  I called my sister-in-law to see if she was going to town.  I was making her daughter a pair of culottes and wanted to try them on before making any more.  I was doing this for her birthday and was using a new pattern so I needed to see if they would work.  When I called, her husband said that she wasn't but wondered if they could come over and till up a spot for my garden.  What was a girl to say?  Of course you can!!! 
A little background is needed here.  We have had a small garden in years past.  Last year, we never got one in because we don't own a rototiller, didn't have the money to rent one, and just didn't have the time to mess with it.  We were working inside last summer on my daughters room , my son's bathroom, and other various indoor projects.  We had talked to my brother-in-law about wanting a garden this year.  (He's a big garden person.)  Anyway, he offered to come over sometime to till up the ground for us.  Our previous garden had grown over with grass.  So we just figured sometime we would set up a time to get that done.  You can imagine my delight and surprise when he just suggested to come on over that day when I called.
We also did an even smaller one to the right of this one (closer to rock fence) to plant squash.  We would like to keep the squash bugs as far away from the other produce as possible.  Gotta hate those things!!!

Since it was evening, I asked them to just come and stay for dinner.  I was already planning on making chili and cornbread for dinner.  They have 7 in their family so I just doubled up and my SIL brought a salad and we were well fed. 
Sorry, no picture of the chili.  My daughter took it and it was pretty blurry.  I also made Pecan Pie Bars for dessert.  Those have to go in their own post with recipe included.  So yummy!!!

The next day, I got another call from my BIL who said, "Have I got a deal for you!"   He said he had just finished planting his potatoes and had extra and would I like to have them.  Once again, what's a girl to say?  Yes, I want them!  I was going to have to go to town and buy seed potatoes but didn't really want to have to go that day.  I teased him and told him that I thought the deal would include him planting them for me.  No such luck! So the next day I planted them myself.
This is the first time I have planted potatoes so we'll see how it goes.  I am going to dig up some of them really young and some we will let mature.  The middle of April is when I will plant my cucumbers, okra, peppers, squash and whatever else I decide to try.  So maybe this summer I will have some fun things to show you with our garden produce.  So until next...

Have a blessed day,

maggie jane


  1. Potatoes are easy. When the greens are about 6 inches tall, pile dirt up until only 2 inches show, keep doing that until they flower, it will increase your yield and make it easier to dig them up. We planted ours late last year and we still got some great potatoes, they really do taste different than what you buy in the stores.

  2. There is NOTHING and I mean NOTHING like homegrown potatoes!!!! We try to do a small garden too but last year I was pregnant and didn't want to mess with it. Gonna try this year I think!