Planting the Peas

March 26th, 2016

After soaking the seeds until they were plump and beautiful, we used this lovely, sunny afternoon to plant our pea seeds.

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I was astonished at how quickly and smoothly this whole operation went.  With four people besides me planting peas, this was done in a snap.

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Not only did they help plant the seeds, but they hoed rows, they sprinkled the fertilizer in the rows, stirred them, and even covered the rows of pea seeds.

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I think it won’t be that long until they’ll be doing it without me!

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When I asked Paul yesterday, while he was holding the stakes for me, if when he grew up he would help his children garden.

He said, “No, I’ll let the mom do that.”

Hahaha!  I think he is planning to uphold the Vogan tradition of the men not touching the garden.

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But for now, he makes a cheerful, willing, and fun garden helper (as do the girls too).  All this makes gardening very worthwhile.

Learning the Square Knot

March 25th, 2016

Last summer when the kids begged me to plant peas so they could shell peas, I’m not sure if they had the whole picture in mind.  I ordered pea seeds this spring, and they just came today.  This evening we got right onto preparing the garden for them, and after they soak, we are planning to put them in the ground tomorrow.

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While Paul & Hannah carried the pea fence panels from the side of the shed to the garden, Marie and I pounded in posts.  From the sounds of it, it seemed like Hannah thought she was a work elephant dragging logs through the jungle.

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Once they got 5 pea fence panels to the garden, they brought the rest of the stakes over.  Then Hannah cut the twine.

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I gave her a stick to measure the right length with.

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Paul relieved Marie from holding the stakes while I pounded them.

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Then Paul & Hannah learned how to tie a square knot and the three of us tied up the pea fences.

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Marie very cheerfully brought us the pieces of twine.

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Afterwards, while I was putting away equipment,  the three older kids took turns making the rows.

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Lord willing, tomorrow we’ll plant the peas, and they will grow into delicious fresh peas to eat!  I can hardly wait to eat them!