April 13, 2010

Garden Politics

It's not easy being Green!

As future hubby and I are realizing it is not easy being "green". We love to garden but there have been some very tough days working out in the sun.

Vegetable gardening has begun! So far my spinach, soybean and spaghetti squash are in the ground. My peppers,cucumbers and assorted herbs (all from seeds) are in my portable greenhouse. I am awaiting the arrival of my asparagus crowns and sweet potato plants. Hopefully, by the end of this weekend my garden beans, mesclun and gourds (all seeds) will be in the ground as well!

Future hubby and I are very busy this year because it is our first year in the house and there are so many improvements that need to be made. The house, shed and deck (front and back) need a fresh coat of paint, the garden fence needs to be established and there are still numerous inside projects we are tackling.


A little silliness (but it made our weekend great) was the garden politics between us and our garden gnome. (Disclaimer: I can't take all the credit for this story...Luke started it and we collaboratively evolved it).

This is our seed protector/watcher/manager gnome, Jerome.

He is in charge of watching over every new seed and/or plant. Well, this past week future hubby and I purchased/transplanted many new seeds and plants. After we planted two beds of spinach, a double-sized bed of soybeans, 6-7 peony plants, 3 hibiscus bushes, pepper seeds and cucumber seeds, future hubby informed me that Jerome filed a grievance with the gnome union. He felt as though we were giving him an unreasonable amount of plants to manage and noted that Frog (from a few posts ago) was not pulling his weight. Frog came with the house and his seniority was making him lazy (according to jerome and future hubby).

"Well...", I said, "There is an easy solution. We need more garden gnomes!"
May I introduce Gnute and Gnorman, the two new additions to our garden team!



So far, Jerome is pleased. These are top quality gnomes. Diligently watchful, made of high quality wood and take a great deal of pride in being gnomes.


Beauie had his first overnight-stay at the new place last night. He survived but was did not know what to do with himself the whole night. He ended up sleeping on my pillow (leaving me a small corner) half of the night!

He did, however, love the back deck!

Bugs on the deck are the best!


  1. I think it is so very cool that you are planting a garden.. I have always wanted to try but don't know where to start. I love your story about the gnomes.. so clever!!

  2. Thank you! Like I said, I can't take all the credit. If you want to start a garden listening to You Bet Your Garden on Whyy radio is the best! That show really helped me prepare the proper way!