For years, I have grown a vegetable garden each spring. Some years are better than others and some years are bigger than others, but I never let March pass me by without getting my hands on some basil and tomatoes at the very least.
When Catch and I moved into our house over the summer, it was the beginning of an intensely hot (SCORCHING HEAT), intensely pregnant time in our lives (you may recall that we moved in June and Charlotte was born in July). That was followed shortly by an intensely newborn/postpartum time in our lives. Everything in the planter beds surrounding our front and back yards slowly languished and died as a result of poor choices on the part of the previous owners, our neglect, and our region’s drought. We have removed all of the dead plants and now it’s just empty and really depressing to look at.
Suddenly, March is upon us. Catch has been working bit by bit for weeks to remove the layer of gravel some idiot poured into all of the planter beds so that we can get to the soil and actually do something with it. She’s almost finished, just in time for Tomatomania this weekend. This morning, we totally failed at communication and both went online and ordered these really cool big bags of garden soil to be delivered this week. (Whoops.)
So, this weekend the general idea is that we’re going to work all of that new soil into the beds, hit up Tomatomania, stop at the nursery, and get all of the plants in the ground by the end of Sunday.
Pre-baby, that would have been tough, but do-able. Post-baby, I need a nap halfway through even thinking about all of that.
We’re probably going to have to find some middle ground. It will likely involve eating frozen casseroles (courtesy of my SIL’s visit after Charlotte was born) all week and doing a bit after work each day. My even bigger concern is how we’re going to keep up with the watering since there’s no sprinkler or drip system installed in the planter beds.
I think the key to any sort of garden success this season is going to be finding a way to keep Charlotte happy, comfortable, and occupied outside while we’re working/watering/whatever. I’m contemplating an Ergo-type carrier so she could be on my back while we do things like watering in the evenings. Anyone have any other ideas? Or recommendations for wearing babies on backs? I’m all ears!