Monday, July 21, 2008

no room for grass

we have finally done it! we have dug up a section of our front yard to plant our pumpkin patch! this is something i have been wanting to do for a while, but was finally convinced when my summer garden in the back yard did so poorly. the best sun and drainage is in the front, so diggy, diggy. i planted 2 different varieties of pumpkin and a winter squash. i will finish out the bed with some herbs and flowers (to attract the bees). i am dreaming big here. i want a lovely patch that people drive by, stop, hop out and ask to take pictures of their chubby babies next to the french pumpkins. i want a spot that inspires poetry and recipes. but for now, i mainly want buddy to stop walking through it trying to pull up my seedlings! as soon as the weather cools we will dig up the gardenias in the front beds (move them around the side of the porch) and replace them with peas, chard, kale and some various companion herbs. we will also put in some boxes to house some berries and a couple of small fruit trees. as we are moving towards sustainable living life feels more right. it's hard to explain unless you are in it as well, but there is much to be said about raising your own food responsibly, touching the dirt that you yourself were created from. my husband taught on 'sacred dirt' at church this weekend. dirt being sacred because it was created by god, saw as good and then humans were formed from that good dirt. he then breathed life into that dirt marrying the flesh to the spiritual. it was a beautiful message and one i will think of often when i am in the dirt, mimicking the creator as i try to bring life out of it.


anajz said...

mandi, thanks so much for stopping by my place. your pumpkins patch sounds wonderful. i have a spot in my front yard where the grass is sparse, that i would love to plant to pumpkins. unfortunately, i think there is a reason why the grass doesn't it is most likely too late to start them here in kansas anyhow.
love your blog and will be stopping in frequently...and will be adding you to my blogroll.

Shayne said...

About a month ago the city took down the huge beautiful maple tree in my front yard and not that yard is perfact for a garden. I have ordered Fritz Haeg's book edible estates to start and I am also looking at our community garden (just found out about it 2 weeks ago) and now i have to choose the work of making my soil healthy or drive 7 mile one way to have beautiful healthy soil.

good for you for going for it.

Crunchy Christian Mom said...

I would have loved to hear your hubby's sermon! It does feel good to grow food at home and turn it into something original, doesn't it? Congrats on your first eggs!