Gut Rumbles

January 30, 2006

get my hands dirty

I planted a garden my first year at the Crackerbox and I ended up giving away almost everything I grew. I wasn't accustomed to living by myself at the time. The garden did okay, but my heart wasn't in it and I haven't done any planting since. I saw this blog and it stirred something inside me.

I want to get my hands dirty again this year.

Here in southeast Georgia, we've had a mild January with some spring-like days thrown in. The weather has fooled my grass, which already is beginning to turn green. I have buds on my azaleas. The japanese plum tree that I planted from a twig at the same time I planted my grass now is taller than I am and has buds all over it. I think it may produce fruit this year.

I've got a project for tomorrow. I'm going to see if my tiller still works. If it does, I'm gonna plow another garden. Now is the time to turn the soil and get it ready for spring planting. I'm going to ask my grandmother to teach me how to can my tomatoes, okra and beans. I'm going to pickle some cucumbers and some banana peppers. I'm going to grow some corn and freeze what I don't eat.

I'm gonna get my hands dirty again.


Got-damn but that's a good sign, Rob...

Posted by: Jay G on January 30, 2006 02:44 PM

Good for you, dawlin!
I was just thinkin' the other day, "Dang! Wisht I'd paid more attention when Maw-maw was "puttin up" stuff!
Hot in that kitchen, it was, but heavenly smells made it all worth it.
Save me some of that corn!

Posted by: Lil Toni on January 30, 2006 03:04 PM

Good way to keep busy and I always enjoy it. This year we have tomatos coming up from seed to transplant ouside in another three weeks or so. Also have several varieties of peppers coming from seed and I always put in okra, pole beans, and black eyed peas.

Posted by: GUYK on January 30, 2006 03:54 PM

I LOVE plums...and garden grown okra is the best! I don't mess with corn though...too many worms! :)

Posted by: Steph on January 30, 2006 04:15 PM

First year I was married (and living within city limits) and had purchased some land from a Portuguese guy I had "inherited" a small farm. Sweet corn, tomatoes, string beans, peas, eggplant, pumpkins, squash, radishes, you name it.....I was so glad when I sold that place and moved to the country where a REAL FARMER (not me) could set up shop and sell his produce....Too much like work. Now I buy all my fresh produce down the road a piece at a real farmers market....

Posted by: Ruth on January 30, 2006 04:31 PM

You want a kick-ass garden, go to a bait shop and buy a few containers of those red hybrid fishing worms, and cut them loose in your freshly turned earth. They release so much nitrogen into the soil, your produce will be five times normal size, and tasty as heck.

Ever so often, go out and dump your waste grease in the garden, and sprinkle a box of corn meal on it. They will flock to it, eat it, and breed and shit like crazy. You will be able to hear cucumbers growing at night.

'Course, oil up the .22's, because birds will be drawn to the area to feast on worms like Oprah at a buffet table.

Posted by: Bane on January 30, 2006 04:31 PM

If you want good healthy worms, mix your used coffee grounds into the soil. I raised worms to sell for bait when I was a kid, and scoured three restaurants in the area for their "clean" garbage for me to compost, including coffee grounds. One of my worms could easily lick a ten inch Rainbow Trout in a fair fight. Every Spring My dad would have me empty my worm beds and start new. He tilled the old bedding into his garden. We had sweet corn in Seattle that was usually four feet tall before the fourth of July. I don't think there's a fertilizer anywhere that can beat earthworm castings.

Posted by: Gerry N. on January 30, 2006 05:07 PM

OH I'm so jealous! I spent the day plowing snow. I can't even begin to think about tilling the garden until mid May. Can't plant until June 1st. If it ain't planted by the middle of June, you won't get nothing from it, as it starts to get cold by September.

Posted by: livey on January 30, 2006 06:20 PM

Livey, you plant on St. Patrick's Day here.

Posted by: Acidman on January 30, 2006 06:27 PM

I'd love to have a real garden and yard to plant perennials in. It won't be this year. But if I do have one, I sure won't be planting okra. I think I'll never really be Southern because I can't eat the stuff. I don't mind it in gumbo, when you don't notice it's there but I don't ever wake up thinking, jeez, I'd love to have a big plate of okra today.

Posted by: Libby on January 30, 2006 07:09 PM

In Connecticut we cant plant till Memorial Day...and even then we are taking a chance...

Posted by: Ruth on January 30, 2006 07:33 PM

Hey Acidman...
Plant some eggplant...they are great eatin'
You will love being a guitar teacher. I have taught and perfomed for years on elec. bass. If you want to give something ..a great gift to someone..teach them to express themselves thru music.... It will come back to you threefold.
Congrats...Lisa the Lectric Bass Player

Posted by: lisa on January 30, 2006 08:19 PM

I love having a garden, but with the shitass soil in my area, I think I will probably do a container garden this year. Had tomatoes and bell peppers on my porch last year, and they did great. Everything else just pretty much died.

Posted by: Richard on January 30, 2006 10:42 PM

Great idea- I have gardened all my life, and now I am on the 10th floor of a NY apartment block.
A tip- you can spend a fortune on seed in packets- OR buy some good tasting vegies at the market and save their seed for free. Just about anything except root crops, carrots, turnips etc. Then you can try all sorts of different tomatoes, for example. (scoop the seed out onto a paper towel, spread out, let them dry then cut them up with scissors and plant paper, seed and all.)
Potatoes are fun to experiment with too.

Posted by: Grunter on January 30, 2006 11:08 PM


Hi Rob.

Thank you for the compliment, I can't think when I've had a nicer one.

I wondered what an acidbath was like,

Imagine my surprise when I logged on my site and noticed over a l00 posts.....and I knew that they'd had to have been since 1 pm.


Seriously, enjoy your diggin'. Gonna be some mighty good eats 'round your place come summer!

Posted by: Nancy on January 31, 2006 12:56 AM
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