Alexandra Duncan

Science Fiction. Fantasy. Feminism.

OPERATION DOWN AND DIRTY

Today is Memorial Day, the first holiday I've had off in over two years. While Jeremy went off to his paleography workshop this morning, I started clearing a space in our yard for a garden. I had already planted squash, zucchini, okra, strawberries, mint, and lavender in pots and boxes around our front porch, but I wanted to get down to some more serious gardening before summer arrived.

My plan is to grow sunflowers and a pumpkin patch this y
ear. Today we completed Phase 1: Sunflower Row. Jeremy and I cleared a 5' x 1.5' plot on the south side of our house, dug a small trench along the center, and planted (organic!) sunflower seeds with 1' gaps between them. We may clear a larger area later, but for now, we should have 4 sunflowers germinating in two to three weeks and blooming by September.

Next weekend we begin begin Phase Two: Pumpkin Patch.

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