Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sowing Seeds Uncertainly

Though the sky continues to look like this:
...with no forecasted prospects for improvement, (sunshine? spring like temperatures?) we decided to go forward with the annual Memorial weekend chore of planting the garden. With rain projected for the next five days it is highly possible we'll be replanting again soon! But maybe the seed will like it and we'll get lucky. It's a gamble. How shall we bet?

With a wish and a prayer that the seeds will like the coming rain we got started.
There's plenty of work for everyone and again we had lots of helpers. How could we plant the garden without our kids?

Many hands make light work and all that.

This kid has been planting corn every year since he wore diapers.

I need capable males to construct my garden apparatuses. It's a good thing I birthed five boys.

Every year it's something new.
This year instead of Italian staking or tomato cages, I'm trying a tomato wall to grow my plants on.

By the end of the afternoon, we're mostly done...

...but not without shenanigans....

Digging holes with your brother's head? It's the way kids plant gardens.


  1. SO get this! We're afraid to plant for this very reason! Our garden plots remain untilled - it's never dried out enough to till yet!

    I will say - we've used the "tomato wall" method for quite a few years now - and I'll never do it another way. The results are fantastic. We got the idea from an apple orchard not far from us that does the same thing with apple trees. It's amazing to see the apple trees trellised like that - and even more amazing to see when they're harvesting. The fruit that they get is so gorgeous. And that's been our outcome with tomatoes done this way as well!

    Here's hoping we both have excellent gardens -and soon!

  2. Another endorsement for the tomato wall! Our daughter, Katie, did this last year and recommended it to me. I'm looking for a low-attention way of doing tomatoes this year since I will be so busy with wedding cake and gone for a chunk of July. Sounds like this will work!

    One thing we have is excellent drainage with our volcanic soil. The ground dries out so fast that three days after a rain we are running the irrigation again. With that in mind we went ahead...we're just not sure if the ground is/will stay warm enough.

    I wonder if PDX garden tours are on schedule this year?


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