Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wandering Wednesday


Here I stand (my little dog, too!), by the new raised planter box the Husband, the Girl, and the Boy put together recently in our back yard. We're slowly, slowly attempting to begin growing vegetables here for the first time since we moved to this house last year. Until recently, we'd made do with potted herbs, various ornamental plants in the front and back, and the big, mature apple tree we inherited (more on that soon!). In this small planter, you'll find some spent strawberry plants and some new pea, mixed-lettuce, rucola, and spinach babies. I'm very happy just to see these infants, as I've had precious little experience planting from seed.

In case you're wondering, this is my first time to play along with GardenMama's Wandering Wednesday, and I think it's a good time to think about what I'm wanting to accomplish here--by here, I mean in our home in this little tucked-away German village. Sometimes it's hard for us really to feel at home, since most everyone in the area either grows up here or comes here for a few years with the U.S. government/military. Of course, there are those who come and end up staying for years, even sometimes (like us) buying a house. I think I need to get to know more of these people, since in the depths of winter, I'm not sure I quite get the appeal of this place. But let's think about that later! 

But anyway, I want to make the most of our rural location, and that includes al fresco dinners, countryside walks, fires in the fire pit on chilly nights, visits to local Christmas markets, and plenty of herbal concoctions and vegetable gardening. I've read a lot about gardening, you understand, but there are many things I've not had a chance to put into practice until now. So here we go...

Incidentally, along with GardenMama, I've just found (today!) several lovely blogs that are already giving me an education in and appreciation for rural living (often with crafting and homeschooling in the mix). I'm sure I'll be finding more...

7 comments:

Celestial Charms said...

Well I hope to learn some gardening tips along with you. We have a huge backyard, with nothing planted and we have been here almost 5 years. So don't feel bad!
I'm going to check at those links you provided, as I'm all about learning how cope with rural living, seeing as I was such a city slicker before. Also, I forgot that you homeschool too! Have a great Wednesday.
Maureen

Gabriele said...

Hi!
Thank you for joining my blog "naturalinjapan". I was so astonished to read your story of moving to Germany from Japan, because this is actual my dream, but I am still stuck in Japan......bought a house here, got kids in school, so now thinking about how to move things on. We are visiting Germany on a regular base, trying to stay as long as possible. This summer was 2 months and I loved it. We always visit South Germany, as I am born and raised there. Where are you in Germany?

Best
Gabriele

sheila said...

Your dog is so cute - what kind is he?

vmichelle said...

Good for you! The idea of going into your yard and picking dinner is so nice. I'd like to start a garden someday before I die...

Linda said...

What a lovely Wandering Wednesday post. Thank you for your lovely comments you have left over on my blog and thanks for the link to my blog:)
Linda

The Hausfrau said...

Maureen, I'm happy to have you learning along with me! Enjoy your Thursday.

Sheila, Yoshi is a Biewer Yorkshire Terrier. It's not a mix. But he has silky hair, which is different than a regular Yorkie.

Vmichelle, I'm betting you will have a garden!

Linda, you're welcome. I'm just glad to have found your blog!

Jaime said...

What a great start you've got there....I would give anything to have a little space for a veggie garden. My garden space is mostly shade, so there is a lot of green in there, but no edible yummies.
someday.....

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