Sunday, May 11, 2008

Something New

I regret to say that I am a bit behind in my blogging.  A lot has been going on, but with finals also just around the corner (or rather, on top of me at this moment!) I have struggled to find time to write.  So I’m going to call this my study break and commit to doing a blog every night this week (or at least through Wednesday because my last final is on Thursday, and then I don’t need study breaks anymore!).  I’ve been trying to decide whether I’ll go forward chronologically or just start with the most recent happenings, and I think I will just start from the beginning so things don’t get out of order.  Perhaps your brain could handle that, but this week, I’m afraid mine cannot!  Finals are a crazy time for your brain, and mine is (sadly) no exception.
One of my other study break excuses recently has taken place in the great outdoors.  My friend (and co-blogger) Nehemiah and I are starting a garden! 

We’re both going to be sticking around Grand Rapids for the majority of the summer, and we’d like to eat lots of fresh veggies for the lowest financial cost possible.  We’re willing to put forth some physical cost, so we’ve begun clearing a large plot of ground in Nehemiah’s backyard.  My yard is neither sunny nor large, and since his is and his landlord is agreeable to the idea of digging half of it up to put in a garden, and he lives closer to school, we chose his backyard for our garden.  I can stop by on my way home from work to help weed and pick vegetables, with the added benefit that my boyfriend will also be living with Nehemiah this summer, so I get to see him and tend the garden all in one fell swoop.  It’s a win-win situation.  :) 
We haven’t started putting any seeds or plants into the ground yet, but we want to do that soon.  We’ve just been clearing the ground of grass, and it’s taking us longer than we had hoped, due to our limited amounts of free time, but it’s coming along.

We had the input of one of Calvin’s biology professors, Prof. Warners, who is himself a gardener, as we were planning our garden.  With his guidance we’ve decided to build up some rectangular mounds to fence off so that rabbits won’t get at our tender seedlings.  We purchased seeds for peppers, tomatoes, beans, peas, squash, cucumbers, and various other vegetables.  We’ve started some seeds inside in recycled yogurt cups, and are hoping that once finals are over we’ll have the time to transplant them and put the rest of the seeds in the ground too.  We’ll have to work fast though because I won’t have much time since I am leaving for a May interim a week from tomorrow (May 19), and my dad will be visiting over the weekend.  He’s a great gardener though, so maybe he’ll help us out!

Posted by Emily MacLeod on 05/11 at 09:06 PM

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