The Garden, Expanded

I got home from work the other day and found that the garage door was open.  This is unusual, because I’m the only one who parks in the garage, and usually the door is closed.  But the door opener has been acting flaky lately, so I figured maybe Chef was trying to fix it.

Then I saw that there was dirt all over the driveway, especially at the entrance to the garage.  “Strange,” I thought, and I pulled in, turned the car off, and got out.  The back door to the garage was also open, and there was dirt all around that door as well.  I walked into the back yard, and there was Chef… and he and our friend Kayla had created a whole new garden plot!

It’s hard to tell by the photos, but this plot is just on the other side of a concrete pad from our other garden plot.  It’s probably about 2/3 the size of the first plot, which means we have a lot of gardening space now!  We had just been discussing a few days earlier that this might be another good spot to garden, and that we should work it up next spring.  But then Chef decided to go ahead and get moving on it. and Kayla helped him.  What an exciting development to come home to!

Chef found some sad-looking little plants at the store (some broccoli, cabbage, and collard greens) that he bought at a deep discount (because it’s late in the season and because the plants looked very sad) and we’re hoping they might perk up enough to be harvestable in a few months.  He also bought some turnip seeds, and we planted four rows of turnips.  I don’t really know what to make from turnips (except a root vegetable risotto) but the nice thing about root vegetables is that they last a long time so we should be able to use them all winter without having to can or freeze them.  And only three days later, the turnip plants were starting to come up!  It’s very exciting.  Not only is it great to have a potential reduction in our grocery bill, but it’s also great to think about eating fresh vegetables that we grew in our own plot.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. riTa
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 21:47:21

    Amazing how quickly those seeds came to life.
    Looking good!

    • Karen, the Small Town Runner
      Jul 29, 2010 @ 11:59:24

      I know! I can hardly believe how fast everything is growing.

  2. Kim
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 22:22:15

    I’m sure if you googled “turnip recipes” you’d come up with some interesting recipes to try! I like ’em in soups and stews.

    • Karen, the Small Town Runner
      Jul 29, 2010 @ 11:59:05

      Yes, I went to and found LOTS of turnip recipes!

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