On manifest destiny

img_0855One big stack of work

I told myself this weekend that I had no real expectations of garden-ly accomplishment.  Instead of having this huge mental task list, I thought:  why not ease up a bit on yourself and seek to strike off a few projects, and NOT get sad if you fall short of doing it all?

Well, that worked!  But the downside is I still have lots to do.  And now I am facing a bit of anticipatory dread:  I have taken on our daughter’s school’s garden as a project too.  Considering I have worked with some other stalwart parents for years on eliminating processed foods at the school, it makes a huge amount of sense that we practice what we preach and grow more of our own.

Wish me luck; that garden is big.

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6 responses to “On manifest destiny

  1. OK, you can do this! In college I was class president for two years and was awarded the Air Force Nurse Leadership Award…..and all I ever did was designate all the work to the appropriate persons. (I am sort of lazy, at heart).

    The school project will be a departure from the vital efforts of raising your family’s food supply…it’s for learning purposes. There’s no pressure: No one will go hungry if the school’s garden fails but everyone will learn a lot, regardless! Kids ask such amazing questions…you’ll have a great time, no doubt about it.

    Plus, you’ll probably focus (at least at first) on stuff like carrots and zucchini and sunflowers…how fun is that? Don’t forget nasturtiums….colorful and edible!

    I’m a bit envious, actually…!

  2. oh, it’ll be fun (says she who is not doing it)

    Is school on for the summer so you can plant summer crops, or is this going to be a fall through spring harvest?

    How big, is it?

  3. Good Luck!! I doubt you’ll need it, lol.
    Can’t wait to see pics for inspiration.

  4. Liz I LOVE that: lateralling off the responsibility! I am not so sure how many conscripts I can persuade, however, I figure once it’s up and rolling, the garden will do its own recruiting. As far as its plan goes, here’s the catch: the whole school studies a continent per semester, so…so will the garden! This spring semester’s focus is Asia. I ordered a ton of seeds from Kitazawa and, fortunately, they’re all fast-growing greens. But yes, sunflowers etc. will have a place.

    Sylvie, it’s big: 75′ x 35′. I am building a few raised beds and the rest is either paths or a huge pumpkin patch. But yeah, after Asia comes the summer garden (no school except for the little kids) where we make our backbone stuff for salsa and pizza sauce. And then the fall crops go in during either the spring or summer: next semester is Australia!

    Amy, but I do need luck. I need to clone myself, or somehow find another 10 hours in the day. We’ll see how many photos I post though; I will probably just do it of the growing things and not the kids (privacy reasons). I will chat about it…

  5. You can do it! Your daughter and her schoolmates are so lucky to have a garden that they can grow and learn from and just enjoy. Its something I wish were possible for all children. Do they help with the planting and choosing of the plants too? I’ve heard of some schools where the children eat their gardening yields, and others where they donate them to others who might not otherwise have the chance to eat such fresh produce…

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