School Days

June 11, 2015

There is a routine to dinner here on the prairie.

It starts with Farmer Tom’s question, How was school?


To which is replied, Good.

Every single school day– same question, same response.

So now that school is out, I wondered, what would we talk about?


this is why I save the old fences

Surprisingly, it started out with the familiar, How was school?

And the response?


creamy yellow peony



Mother’s transplanted iris

No surprises there.

But, I was surprised in the vegetable garden.


snap peas are blooming

I tried something new this year, I bought bulk seed. The kind that doesn’t come in a package, but sits in a jar, with a scoop, in the furthermost corners of the hardware store.


This beauty came up from last year’s tomatoes left on the vine over the winter.

I brag about my soil.

It’s so good anything will grow.

I was quite confident I could get those bulk seeds to sprout.


everbearing strawberry with a leek and a few weeds

I scooped and scooped with carefree abandon thinking, It’s so cheap, I may as well feed the county.

Then I started planting. . .


Farmer Tom’s favorite– brussel sprouts

and planting. . .


sweet corn is up

and planting.


green beans are blooming

If I were a yoga master, I’ve got to get those seeds in, would have been my mantra.

All– except zucchini– sprouted.

What would a summer be without zucchini?. . . no bread, no muffins, no soup, no pizza, no cobbler, no casseroles, no jokes. I couldn’t do it. I bought and planted a row of packaged seeds.

They meant business– four days later, they were up!


the vigorous zucchini

And, shockingly, so were the bulk seeds. 😦

Now, most of you know, one row of zucchini is way too many. Well, I had two.

Most of you also know, how difficult it is to pull sprouted seeds when it is your hands that planted them, but in an effort to keep things ‘good’ at our table, that’s just what I did.









Latest Comments

  1. Betsy Palasinski says:

    Wonderful post!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Becky says:

    I love this!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. oakcoveresort says:

    I looked at your beautiful photos and commentary as I was getting up and you were going to bed. Nice way to start my day. Bring your camera to Oak Cove Resort when you come.


  4. Amy says:

    Love this post, Julie! I’ve never seen iris this beautiful! 🙂


  5. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread says:

    It sounds like you should be selling your soil in bulk because everything looks lush and gorgeous. Wow. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. b12alley says:

    I must show this to my dad. He will be an instant fan. Oh. my Julie. Welcome to the family.:)

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Fabio says:

    Fantastic post, Julie! Great soil, posts, and much love on the care of the veggies and flowers, on clicking your camera, on writing, and on sharing all these beauties! Thank you! 🙂


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