Gardening Revised

I had grand plans for the garden this year.  Then we got the word that the couple we have been renting from wanted to sell the house and were not willing to renew our rental lease.  I had already ordered tons of heirloom seeds and started the ones that would need to be planted inside.  Thankfully, the Maine weather this year has been crazy and I did not have my garden planted yet!  We got the word about moving the weekend I would have been planting the cabbages, lettuces, carrots, etc.  As of now, we still do not know where we will be setting up home come August 1st.  Rentals are few and far between in Downeast Maine.  The question then, became what to do about my garden.  Thanks to a good Mama friend and a lucky freebie find, I ended up with a pile of pots and planters and buckets.  I had to come up with a makeshift idea for a mobile garden!  Well, let me tell you what.  When you are the Mama of this bunch of crazy froglets you learn to improvise and fast!


Today it stopped raining long enough for me to actually get the wee plants transplanted.  Our garden will mostly be comprised of tomatoes, squash, cukes, herbs, cabbages and wonderberries.  But everything we are able to grow is food for the Frog table and that is good enough for me.   It is extremely important to me to know where the food this Frog Family eats comes from.  GMOs are not something I want my family to eat.  One incredibly awesome way to make sure that you get the best quality for your veggie garden is to buy from a trusted supplier of Non-GMO heirloom seeds.  And that is just what I did.  Baker Creek Seeds is where I got my seeds from this year, ordering fun things such as Dragon Eggs Cucumbers and Red Jing Okra, all heirloom and all guaranteed to germinate at a 90% rate.   One major benefit to planting in the pots is that I can extend our growing season, but covering easily or by bringing the plants in when the weather turns cold this fall.  Container gardening is something that I had planned to try anyway to extend the life span of some of my later producing plants, I just had not planned to do my entire garden this way.  Just like planting in your garden, right now I have things close together to be thinned as they grow.  I want to make sure that I get the most production and that means living plants.  I have one more batch of seedlings to transplant and then I will show you all my container “beds”.

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Spring has come to the Pond


Tiny Tadpole sees that something is different at the pond and wants a closer look.  Where is the white snow and the dreary rain?  What are all those bright colorful things everywhere?

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FLOWERS?!?!?!?!  Is it possible that spring has finally come to the Pond?  It appears to be the case!  We went yesterday and walked along the Farmer’s Market, which is along the dike.  And what did we find?  The spring flowers are out in droves!  We couldn’t resist adding a few (okay more than a few) to our purchases so that we could make the yard here at the Pond lovely.


Even the clucky ladies are happy to be out in the sunshine. WIN_20140523_180122


The raised beds go in today and then this magical set of seeds (note the dragon seeds) and a whole lot more! will be planted and grow into a rich bounty of fresh veggies and fruits for this Frog Family to enjoy.