This afternoon I saw my Dad walking over to his garden area pushing a wheel barrow, so I took the bait and thought I might go see what the fuss was about. My sister and I had been swimming most of the day and working on our all over tan, so I took a good sip of my sweet tea that was next to my lounge chair and walked around the pool and headed out to our garden area back toward the pond.
Dad has always had a big vegetable garden and in recent years I have taken an interest in raising our own healthy organic food. So a couple of years ago I started my own little garden to grow some of my favorite veggies. With the help of my Dad I have four 4×8 raised beds that I can play mad scientist in. Dad gives me pointers from time to time, but mostly lets me learn as I go.
So when I saw him with the wheel barrow I thought something exciting might be happening in the garden. Although I know sometimes the sight of a wheel barrow might mean more work to do…I just couldn’t resist.
Dad explained to me that there is a storm forming in the gulf and we are expecting a lot of rain this coming week. I immediately though about how our pool time will be cut short this week, but tried not to seem too selfish and listened to what Dad had to say. He said he had to pull out the remaining and already waterlogged garlic that he has been trying to grow with all the rain we have had this spring and summer.
So never one to pass up a chance to dig in the dirt…I got down on my hands and knees and started pulling up garlic. Dad says your not working unless you heads down and you butt’s up…lol. We separated the different varieties so we can tell them apart after they have dried off. We didn’t use any tools to avoid damaging the bulbs. The dirt is so fluffy that all I had to do is stick my hand down under the bulbs and pull them out.
It was hot and we were both getting sweaty, and I had dirt from my elbows down. And the sweat turned it all to mud. The ground around our raised beds are still wet from our most recent shower, so my knees were muddy and wet. But the good part about digging in the garden without any clothes on, is the cleanup is a breeze! So with the harvest done and the wheel barrow full of fresh garlic, Dad pushed the bounty to the house so he could hang the garlic under our back porch to dry.
I went straight to the outdoor shower off to the side of our pool and showered off. The cool water felt good, but I ran over and dove into the pool to help give me a quick cool down. I asked my sister to bring me my sweet tea, and we both spent the rest of the afternoon floating around the pool.
As I lay there I thought about the bad weather coming, and how it might mess up our pool time this week. I also hoped it wouldn’t mess up anything in my little raised bed garden that I have worked so hard to grow. I like getting dirt on my hands and eating stuff I grow…just makes me happy. And it kind of gets boring just laying around, working on your tan. Gardening allows you to grow good food and work on your tan at the same time. So get out there and plant something!