Retired. Living simply and frugally. Eating healthy, home-grown, local organic food. Avoiding GMOs, processed, packaged, and shipped foods to be more kind to mother earth. Gardening is my passion.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
An Unplanned Easter Sunday Celebration in the Backyard
Yesterday was filled with outdoor play for hubby, myself, and several of our friends. We paddled the annual 7.5 mile Red Moshannon Downriver Race in north central Pennsylvania -- hubby as a spectator, myself as a racer. I raced on a stand-up paddleboard and needless to say, I was exhausted by the end of the race and couldn't wait to get home, eat, and rest. My shoulders/arms hurt and my lower back was ached. But alas, no rest for the weary and the mailbox was stuffed full of onions that I ordered. They weren't supposed to be delivered until next week, but I guess the onion grower was anxious to get their orders out. It was a bittersweet moment -- happy to start planting, but SO tired from the day I couldn't even think of bending over to plant 400 or so onion plants. Sure, they could wait until Monday or Tuesday, but the weather prediction for today and tomorrow is rainy. What's the best time to plant things??? Yup - just before a rain. There's truth to the farmer's saying "make hay while the sun shines." With an achy back and sore shoulders, I trudged to the garden this morning to plant the onions. Easter Sunday or not, the planting must begin. (Don't worry, I gave thanks while in the garden). Dixondale Onion never lets us down with a couple extras in the order. I ordered 60 leeks, 120 yellow Spanish and 120 Red Zeppelin onions. What I received and planted was 110 leeks, 170 yellow spanish and 206 red zeppelin. The onions and leeks are in the ground. Time to praise. Let the rains come.