Getting Started…


I headed over to the garden plot this afternoon to tackle the weed situation in our plot. As you can tell from above, things were pretty weedy…but our plot wasn’t the worst one, so that made me feel a little bit better as I kneeled down and started pulling. Most of the weeds came out relatively easily, but several of them were really rooted. I have callouses on my hands from all the tugging. I kept thinking, as I was bending over, the drivers sitting at the light on Harlem must see me like one of those “old lady butts” that used to be popular garden decorations. (Do you remember those? No? Maybe it was a regional thing? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s an example of one.)

IMG_2003I found this tiny, soft carrot during the weed pulling.


IMG_2007After weeding, I started hauling mulch to our plot. The community garden had a huge mulch delivery that we are all welcome to use. I hauled five buckets to our plot, which was dirty work, thanks to a mulch avalanche onto my feet and the fact that I was doing everything with my tiny garden spade instead of a proper shovel.

IMG_2009After two hours of weeding and hauling, I had this to enjoy:

IMG_2010There is a plant in the corner (garlic maybe?) that I didn’t weed out. I’m not sure what it is and I know I don’t want to keep it, but it’s so big that I think I’ll need a shovel to get it out (instead of my tiny gardening spade). Naoto and I will be back at the garden this weekend to take care of the mystery plant. We’ll plant our seeds and tomato and pepper plants then, too. I am really excited! I’m looking forward to more afternoons of dirty feet and dirty hands this summer!


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12 thoughts on “Getting Started…

  1. sunnyjmin says:

    Old lady butts! HAHAH! I thought I was the only one who remembered those!


  2. Mom says:

    Sore hands. Looks like a lot of work done. Is looking good. See how Naoto’s hands look.

  3. maryhassound says:

    Lookin lovely! Enjoying your festive yellow sun hat. I’m getting impatient with the seedbombs I made/planted. I want sunflowers, and I want them now.

  4. cath says:

    Seeing these photographs, for a moment it was as if you had been looking over my shoulder to read the letter I was writing to you this evening. I like these updates on your garden plot.

  5. Jackie says:

    Oh that looks so fun! Makes me want to go outside and play in the dirt. Good luck planting this weekend!

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