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Sense I’ve been deprived of tending my garden for the past two months and planting season has basically come to an end in my neck of the woods, I am getting my garden fix by planning for next year’s (Lord willing I get one) garden.

Saturday morning, I stumbled upon a really cool show on PBS called “P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home.”  This show made me want a TV again.  He shared garden craft ideas for kids, and some great veggies that I now want to include in my little patch.

Next year, I want to make trellises and teepees out of sticks we can collect this Autumn and tie them together with twine.  We can make these in the Fall so they’ll be ready and waiting for springtime.

I also want to grow gourds.  They grow very quickly which is fun for the kids, and we can make instruments, decorations, bird houses, platters, and seed storage containers out of them.  They even work as a natural pesticide.

The vegetable he highlighted were asparagus beans. They grow up trellices fairly high which can provide a nice, shady natural wall in the summer.  They also render a prolific harvest, and the long, tasty beans can be diagonally sliced and stir fried.

Oh my goodness, I am so excited to dig up some beds and plant seeds!  I guess I have a bit of waiting to do, but in the meantime, I’m gonna pour over seed catalogues (well, websites, but catalogues sound more romantic), plan my garden, and make my wish list.

Do you have a favorite seed company/garden craft/unique plant/etc?  Please, do tell.
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Drought weights the trees, and from the farmhouse eaves
The locust, pulse-beat of the summer day,
Throbs; and the lane, that shambles under leaves
Limp with the heat–a league of rutty way –
Is lost in dust; and sultry scents of hay
Breathe from the panting meadows heaped with sheaves.

– from "The Rain-Crow" by Madison Cawein (1865 – 1914)


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