By ERIC HAMILTON
As you’re reading this, I’m probably knee-deep in mulch or on my hands and knees pulling weeds in the flower bed. Yep, that’s right, the summer chore season has begun.
With the threat of snow behind us, I’ve already started making my list of things needing done outside. There’s always too much to do and never enough time. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
But despite the long list of chores, I’m very thankful that I live where I do. Namely, that my kids have plenty of room to roam without chasing a ball into the road.
This past week, our garden was rototilled and the dirt is now prepared for planting. It’s a nice size garden, roughly 30-by-40 feet. I’m not good with dimensions, but that translates into about 10 long rows of crops for us. I was already able to get the strawberries in the ground and they have reacted well to the rain we got this week. My 3-year-old son loves strawberries, so it will be cool for him to be able to pick his own.
On Wednesday night, I planted the three raspberry trees we purchased. We planted some last year, but they didn’t take, so we’ll try again.
My plan is to get the rest of the garden in maybe next week, but definitely by Memorial Day. I’m not a big fruit and veggie eater. I do better than I used to and our children eat more of that healthy stuff than I do. The garden really is for them to be able to have fresh produce without the added pesticides. It also saves money and the kids think it’s neat to grab a few ears of sweet corn out of the garden, cook them up and eat them.
This year, sweet corn will probably take over 75 percent of our garden, since that’s our favorite. Yes, I’ll even eat that! Also on the docket will be cucumbers, squash, green beans, a few tomato and green pepper plants and some potatoes. We may add some pumpkins, too.
I like the fruits of the labor, but sometimes the labor stinks. Especially when it’s 85 degrees and I’m out there pulling weeds to keep them from choking the crops. But like anything else, nothing great happens without a little work. Plus, it’s good exercise, I guess.
I’m hoping to get the kids more involved in the work this year. Maybe they’ll think it’s fun to be involved in the whole process — from putting the seed in the ground to putting the food in their mouths three months later. Sounds like a great family activity.