Vegetable Gardening In 2003 

Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy.  ~Astrid Alauda

2003 Was A Good Year For The Vegetables

Zachary at 12 running the machinery that keeps the garden going!
Zachary loves to rototill the garden!

Did You Know? - A cultivator is any of several types of farm implement used for secondary tillage. One sense of the name refers to frames with teeth (also called shanks) that pierce the soil as they are dragged through it linearly. Another sense refers to machines that use rotary motion of disks or teeth to accomplish a similar result. The rotary tiller is a principal example.

Cultivators stir and pulverize the soil, either before planting (to aerate the soil and prepare a smooth, loose seedbed) or after the crop has begun growing (to kill weeds—controlled disturbance of the topsoil close to the crop plants kills the surrounding weeds by uprooting them, burying their leaves to disrupt their photosynthesis, or a combination of both). Unlike a harrow, which disturbs the entire surface of the soil, cultivators are designed to disturb the soil in careful patterns, sparing the crop plants but disrupting the weeds.

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Zachary is now big enough (he is twelve) to run the roto-tiller (with Dad and Grandpa real close by).  That ground will be ready for plants and little seedlings shortly.

The dirt in this garden looks pretty good but years earlier it was hard-packed adobe that had a hard time growing weeds!

So lets see how the year went!

Pete and Paul
Paul explains to Pete about gardening! He says "Get to work!"

No body goes unscathed in the garden! Pete came up for a relaxing weekend and voila, he is working in the garden! 

We are deciding a strategy at this point... Does Pete go get the beer or does Paul???

What I never understand is why Paul get's so dirty after just looking at dirt and Pete can work all day and come out clean?  It's just an unexplainable!

So, we set off for an afternoons adventure in the garden... planting, harvesting, weeding, all the good things in life!

Come enjoy the garden month by month!


Here we are... April 1, 2003.  The backyard isnow planted and will be producing in about60 days!.  We have beans, peas, squash,grapes, carrots, potatoes, peppers, scotchbonnets, tomatoes, corn, and a lot more!

Asparagus and English shelling peas


It was a warm spring and tings took off earlier than normal! The yard is looking pretty good!  The grapes along the wall are already six feet tall and the string beans and peas at at the top of the supports  It is going to be a good year!

Growing like mad!

It's Now June

The veggies are going nuts all over the yards (front and back!) We are seeing the growth almost daily and at night we can hear them!

Going wild!


July, Time To Enjoy

The veggies are in full force and producing more than we can eat... so we share with the neighbors.


Lemonade in the works