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And what a beautiful weekend it was for shooting scenes and planting veggies!

First, we prepped:

  • We soaked the beds thoroughly
  • I tilled to loosen the dense loam
  • We sprayed worm “tea” (read: poop) on the soil and then tilled it under

Then we planted:

Lots o' bounty!

As you can see, the right-hand bed still has some hangers-on from the winter planting. We’re going to make the plants in this bed multi-seasonal.

The mound in the middle is comprised of a) my failed composting efforts and b) my successful (though unintentional) greenhouse efforts: the little cantaloupes had started in the “compost” so I just transplanted them to the mound. I’m a genius (also unintentional).

potatoes-day-1

Finally, we planted some potatoes, some already started—again, from my composter-turned-greenhouse.

Now we water, we weed, and we wait for the sweet, sweet rewards!

How about you? Have you planted your summer garden?

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Thank you, Freecycle! We just picked up two real (as in designed for the purpose) worm bins. And we even got the red wrigglers. Now, along with our homemade bin, we will have plenty of compost and castings. Plenty.

Worms and all!

The woman who freecycled the bins told us that she had gotten them for free from the City of SLO. Time to put on the Deerstalker and investigate!

Hercules and Catwoman are thrilled!

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First, for those of you with RSS readers, I fixed the blog title so it shows up on the feeds again. (Thanks for the heads-up, Chris!)

And now, the next episode! It’s a  jam-packed one. My mom and I are really starting to get the hang of this—except maybe for the whole indoor lighting thing. You’ll see what I mean.

Wait until you see the garden! It’s insane how big the veggies (and the sunflowers) got. I mean it. Insane. We also get to the SLO Farmers Market, where I interview some of our local farmers (and a bee keeper). Logan and Kaia track down some lizards to show us, and my mom and I have a coffee and talk about the triple bottom line philosophy. Like I said, jam packed!

I’m totally stoked at the momentum we’re building for Hole in the Fence. There are great things happening here and I can feel the energy! I hope you do, too.

Let us know what you think in the comments. We love your feedback!

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I love the rain! So does the garden!

So do the weeds. It was time to do some serious weeding.

I pulled the big weeds right out of the rain-soft ground. I’ve found there’s actually an art to pulling weeds with the entire rootstalk intact. And I really get into the challenge of seeing how many weeds I can pull out whole.

The kids jumped right in. Logan gathered the weeds I’d pulled and Kaia played in the mud.

On the smaller weeds we used straight white vinegar, which is, as I’ve said before, the edible version of Round Up.

And by edible I mean, if you get a bit peckish while your weeding just grab some lettuce, apply a little of your weed killer, and voilà! instant salad.

It’s weird: a project can look massive and onerous, but once I get rolling it’s done in half the time AND I end up enjoying it. Or maybe that’s just me—made half crazy from all the vinegar.

P.S. I also wanted to demonstrate my awesome weed-pulling skillz with an animated gif, but the site that would have allowed me to do that suffered a server crash, so…another time!

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Okay, this is what invention looks like when you decide not to buy a new dryer and use a clothesline exclusively. And it’s raining outside. And you need clean clothes.

Fun for hide and seek!

The kids love it. I’m glad Denette and I are flexible, because we do a LOT of ducking from the kitchen to the living room.

Um...anyone seen my family?

Yes, I’m STILL working on a solution. I’m thinking we should just wear less clothing. Problem solved.

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The update is here! (I’m saying this like I’ve POSTED other updates to see if I can fool you. How’s it working?)

Right now we’re getting about 16 oz of leaf lettuce and several radishes a week, and we’re growing enough bok choy to open a small Chinese restaurant. I’m looking forward to harvesting the spinach next!

The bulb onions are taking forever, which we expected. So are the carrots, which we didn’t. I WANT BABY CARROTS!

The nasturtiums and marigolds are coming in nicely, though we haven’t had any real bug problems anyway. Something likes the bok choy, but only a little bit, so I’m okay with sharing. Plus, it’s the bok choy. We have PLENTY.

When we were out watering last week, Logan, my ever-vigilant son, pulled up several of the head lettuce shoots thinking they were weeds. Oh well, they went very nicely in the afternoon salad.

My only concern at the moment is the broccoli. It’s looking a bit stringy and anemic. Waiting to see if broccoli start off as gangly youth before they grow into strapping young stalks.

That’s all for now! Stay tuned for the next in the series! Because I’m going to make it a series! Honest!

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We did some pickups for Episode 3 last week. Logan loves doing the “Man vs. Wild” thing. So he and Kaia went to find some lizards. It took a bit of searching: most of our reptile friends are doing their best to stay under cover and keep warm. But after much diligence (and an assist from dad), success! A couple of Sagebrush lizards to show off.

Logan’s pointing them out to the camera, explaining all the good things Sagebrush lizards do: “Kill bugs, and, um, eat insects.”

Kaia tells Denette, “It’s okay, mom, he’s sleeping. You can touch him now.”

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In keeping with the idea of promoting community activism, our very own song writer Jora is trying to help out a local girl scout troop with their annual cookie drive. What particularly appealed to me in this drive was the troop to troop option. You can order girl scout cookies here and they will be delivered to our troops overseas. Thinking of cookies as a real comfort food I really liked this idea. It is a way of letting our troops (some of whom may have sold GS cookies themselves!) know we are thinking about them and send them our best. The cookies are $4 a box.

You can email Jora your order. Please include a phone # so she can verify your order. Checks can be made payable to: Girl Scout Troop #40175 and mailed to PO Box 6135 Los Osos Ca 93412. Please order no later than Saturday February 1, 2009.

Here is a list of cookies:

  • Thin Mints (The BEST!)
  • Tag Alongs Peanut (Butter Patties)
  • Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (new)
  • Dulce de Leche(new)
  • Samoas (carmel delights)
  • Do-si-does (Peanut Butter Sandwichs)
  • Trefoils (Shortbread)
  • Lemon Chalet Creames (new)

If you need ingredient listings you can visit littlebrownie.com

I thought the troops would like the thin mints and lemon creams. The thin mints were always my favorite. Oh my gosh. I remember selling these when I was a girl scout a million and half years ago. Anyway let’s not go there. Thank you, Jora, for letting us know about this.

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We filmed the planting about a three weeks ago for Episode 6. Just after we planted the weather got really cold and it rained a lot. I was afraid we’d have some frozen, drowned plants, but they apparently loved the weather because they’re doing great. Despite my influence, even. I’m liking this whole winter garden thing because I don’t even have to worry about watering—very much.

Today, after spending the majority of Christmas doing as little as possible (and what a wonderful day it was!), I decided to venture outside to take a few photos for everyone to see.

We’ve planted some head lettuce, some…well, just listen to the audio I recorded. And listen to Logan’s call-to-action at the end. He’s our #1 marketer!

The kids in the garden (Update 2: The link is working now!)

And here are some photos to go with the audio. Gives you a sense of place, and kids, and coldness…

Quiz: What did Logan get for Christmas? (It hasn’t left his side yet).

Is anyone else tending a winter garden? Have you done it in the past? Do you have suggestions for us? Sound off in the comments!

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