OK, so technically, MS is June July and August, but you know, if it is Memorial Day Weekend, it is the start of summer to me. As a kid, that was the big weekend to get the garden in, remember? I remember those 4×50′ rows of green beans, even when we had 3 years supply in the freezer already. But there was something that felt so important about setting those tomato plants in their holes, pouring in water and then filling the hole with soil and then adding more water, mudding them in really well and getting them off to a good start.
My garden keeps getting smaller over the years, partly because of lack of time to garden and partly because when you get a crop share like Wilson and I do, you have to pretty much eat veggies full time just to keep up with the box. No sense in adding to it.
But I’m excited this year – I have a project! Here are seeds for Oaxacan pinto beans. Aren’t they gorgeous? I’m growing them out for Rancho Gordo, a farm from which I’ve been buying heirloom beans. Some people splurge by upgrading from a Ford to a Lexus; we splurge by upgrading from Bush’s to Rancho Gordo. I’ve been assured that it is a no stress proposition – I don’t possess the entire remaining seedstock or anything like that. Still, it gives me a goal. Watch for progress notes. I’m geeky enough to separate the colors and plant them that way. And if you have ideas for keeping rabbits and deer away, please let me know!
I have lovely daughters who send lovely knitterly things for Mother’s Day. Jenny sent a book chair – so cute and it holds your book upright so you can read and knit at the same time. It is currently in use in the kitchen with a cookbook, and I’m too lazy to go get a photo of it, but I’ll show you later. Karen sent lovely sock yarn – Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock in the Knitters without Borders colorway, so it is even more a gift that relates to her. Two pictures, so you can see its many beautiful moods. Somehow it reminds me of a calico cat.
Not much knitting this week – I’ve started Spanish classes and between class (6 hours this week) and study (about as much again) my evenings have been full. But we have a long weekend coming, and I sure ain’t planting 200′ of green beans.