Saturday, June 1, 2013

Where I Have Been, and How I Inadvertently Increased My Potential

Remember last year, when after 8 years on a waiting list I got my own community garden plot??!! It's 25'x50', and it was a mess. But so much fun work! So, this year, I had a bit of a head start, what with having tilled and worked it last year. But my tiller wouldn't start this year, so I dug the whole thing up by hand, and worked 2 big scoops of compost in it by hand. And here are the results.....


The day lilies and the spiderwort thrive in front of the little fence.  The screens will eventually be fashioned into a gate....unless I can find something I like to use as a gate, instead.


It's so exciting to watch things sprout.  There are tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, carrots, broccoli, peppers, lima beans, squash, corn, green beans, peas and zinnias.


Look at those potatoes in the background.  So green and leafy!  My first year for potatoes.


Closer up of the potatoes, some beans, garlic, carrots, broccoli.


And here is how I looked after several hours.  Filthy.  And so happy!

Where does the increased potential come in, you ask?

I've changed out my ride.  The Malibu in the background is sold, and has been replaced by the big-green-'95 -Dodge-Ram1500-SLT-V8-Laramie-short bed.

*squeal!!*

So I can load and haul the free compost and mulch from the borough to my heart's content.  I can shop the curb ANY day of the week.

Beyond delighted,

Carol (!)

24 comments:

Vee said...

Some gals are just so hard to please. ; >

Congrats on the truck!

That's a lot of hard work on the garden...it's looking great!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Great truck and beautiful garden! Lots of variety and all is doing so well!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Congrats on the new truck! And look at all the work you did in the garden, Carol. WOW! I'm impressed.

I know how exciting it is to have a vehicle that can take it. I traded my car for a cargo van several years ago to haul antiques and my dog crate, and it was the right move. You are going to love your Dodge. I have a GMC Savannah, and it is the most comfortable seat and ride ever.

Have fun dumpster diving! That's the best part!

XO,

Sheila

Miss Merry said...

Isn't it funny the things that make us so happy? Not usually what I day dreamed about as a child. Although my favorite right now is my radio flyer wagon. I can haul plants and tools around my yard and even sit on it to pull weeds.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The garden looks happy and so do you! Enjoy your new ride:@)

Kathy Moreland said...

Look at you!! Don't you love gardening. Growing up my Mom grew a garden big enough to feed us all winter. She did it all by hand. So I learned how to garden from her, but I don't do it any more. I used to love to plant tomato plants. We would make a hole in the dirt, fill it with water, put in the plants, and get to play in the mud! Hard work, but so rewarding! Enjoy your garden. I love your truck! I have a Dodge Durango I bought new in 2001. I love it. I have 196,500 miles on it!

Maple Lane said...

Your garden looks terrific! Congrats on the new ride....my John would love to shop the curb with you. He is always begging me to stop and pick up stuff! You look so very happy. Your list of veggies makes me hungry.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

nothing beats a truck; they are so totally handy! nice looking garden, well done.

Vickie said...

I look just like you in my garden! You look happy and like you've got alot of work done - and you have!
Your garden looks great - and trucks are always a good choice!

elizabeth said...

Wow, that is some muscle using, back breaking work you did! And congrats on the new wheels!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

WOW that is a big space to dig by hand. I love the picture of you! Yes, I seem to smile to when I am filthy from working in the yard.

Sue said...

Carol, you look just like a true blue farm girl. Enjoy the fruits of your labor! Gardening is so rewarding!
Blessings,
Sue

chateau chic said...

What a great garden you're planting this year. Just think of all the wonderful produce you'll enjoy!! I love your excitement over your new truck. Very fun!
Mary Alice

bj said...

Oh, Carol...
I love your big ole truck...

I love your gorgeous garden...

I love that photo of your dirty self,

I am eat up with envy over your beautiful house....

but.....I love your adorable personality the BESTEST of all. :))
You sound and look so happy and I am so glad.
I thank you for adding the sale of our olden house to your prayer list...that's, by far, the best gift a person can give...their prayers. They are so powerful and HE hears every single one of them.
THANK YOU so much. :)
Love, bj

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh wow! your garden looks fantastic!
Potatoes are so much fun... we just dug ours up this week and got almost 2 bushels of them. I was hoping to wait a bit longer...but to the victor goes the spoils. I didn't want the ANTS getting my 'taters!
I love the rest of it too. Using what you have has great benefits.
Love the truck...and oh man...if my truck was here (my son is borrowing it) I'd be dangerous! Curb shopping is such fun.

...thanks for stopping by and commenting on Buster (my drop off dog). I didn't know you were a retired Veterinarian.

Have a great week.
Pat

ImSoVintage said...

Can't wait to see how your finds that you bring home in your new ride. The garden looks great, and you look happy. xo Laurta

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

This is the post I have been waiting on. It made me smile...this is great. I also love the truck. You look great..still need a pink wheelbarrow!
You go girl..and enjoy the fruit of your labor. Thanks for sharing, I am thrilled for you.

Jaybird said...

Well, Congratulations!!! As a Texan, we take pick-ups for granted, but I know you are excited!! Your garden looks absolutely wonderful!
Blessings,
J

Laurie Ritchey said...

Carol, you are going to have such a bumper crop of wonderful things to eat. Everything looks so healthy, and you look so cute after a day of hard work. Loving your new ride. laurie

Cindy said...

Good for you, Carol! I am very excited for you, regarding the garden and the truck! I have a van and it works very well for picking up fabulous curb finds. But I don't have a garden, how I wish I did.
Have a good week and have fun!

Tim and Kristy said...

Love to garden.It's good for the soul!

Tim and Kristy said...

Love to garden.It's good for the soul!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

How marvelous, Carol. A friend of mine would like to set up an area in town as a community garden, we have a mayor and city council that have no vision. So glad for you! Looks wonderful - you too ;)
Kathy

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Yay for you Carol!!
BTW I think you need to rephotograph with the 'pitchfork' upright. [wink]
I've had so much fun looking through your posts and seeing your garden and deck and flowers and pretty soon...I'm guessing you'll be showing your beautiful cans of beans and squash. It seems that you are having a perfect summer. Good think you love hot and humid. It's been that for sure!
Blessings to you my friend!!