The last few days have been absolutely gorgeous! High 70s to mid-80s. It was such a nice change of pace to be able to go outside and feel the sunshine warming my skin! What this spring-like weather did to me, though, was get my garden fever raging! I couldn’t resist buying a few seeds, garlic bulbs and onions to get in the ground ASAP. I went out to last year’s garden spot to plan just how much larger I want the garden to be this year and Elliott tagged along. You see….we are never, ever apart. She is my shadow.
Yes, I know that picture has extreme lens flare going on and the placement makes her look like a Sun Pirate, but I just love her sweet face and couldn’t resist sharing!
While we were out there, I decided to lop off the dried-up okra pods still hanging on last year’s plants and harvest the seeds. Elliott joined in the fun, saying, “Okuh teeds!” about 9,869 times as she picked off pods with me. The little hairy splinters didn’t bother her much and she didn’t even complain much when she managed to slice her palm a bit on one of the plants. She just worked harder and faster.
About the time we filled up our bowl with pods, Alex was getting home from school. He dove into the seed gathering as well…not even stopping to take off his backback.
These kids were so focused on getting every last seed out of each pod that I think I actually experienced a few moments of silence! I couldn’t tell you for sure, as my brain doesn’t readily recognize the concept of silence anymore. I snapped pics as they pursed their lips, furrowed their brows and worked diligently toward this summer’s okra crop.
I’ve got big plans and high hopes for this year’s garden. My amazing neighbors are going to join in the effort and reap the delicious benefits right along with us. Maybe one summer, we can have a block garden that our whole little block can enjoy! Baby steps, though. Baby steps.
(On a side note: For all of these pictures, I used Pioneer Woman’s ‘Seventies’ Action from her 2nd sent of Photoshop actions. It just fit my mood tonight. )