places you’ll go

“All that I hope to say in books,
all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.”
~E.B. White~

(I read that quote in my goodreads app, I didn’t actually find it in a book myself)

The kids and I are taking the week off school. While I’ve got plenty to do to keep me busy, it does seem to happen that at least at first, the kids tend to look to me for some kind of visionary information regarding what’s going on and what we’re going to do that day. The older two were recruited to work on odd jobs down at main camp. The other boys played downstairs with their Legos. I worked on getting a few loads of laundry through, as well as spent most of the morning outside in the raised beds. I’ve had herbs and tomatoes for several weeks and it was time to stop waiting around for better weather and get the wilting yarrow plants into the ground.

After lunch while the kids cleaned up, I crossed the athletic field to where the potatoes are planted. I had saved a spot for the seeds that need more room to grow. Because I wasn’t going to till up every square inch, I dug fourteen holes spaced about three of my size 9 feet apart. I walked back to the house to get the boys, as well as the seeds for the cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, and squash. The boys hadn’t seen the potatoes since they’d nearly tripled in size, and after they took a little time to walk through them, they helped me scoop fresher soil on the tops of the holes, which weren’t really holes, more like 18in mounds of deeply loosened dirt.

The boys took turns poking holes in each hole. Each hole got three seeds, though we didn’t end up planting the squash. There never seems to be enough room when I’m gardening. The beds need to be bigger, the rows need to be longer. I look around and find more places to plant. The side of the house can hold dill and more cucumbers. The volleyball court that will not be used this summer would make the most absolutely perfect pumpkin patch. After waiting two days so as to not be impulsive, I went ahead and ordered the 100 sweet potato slips that are scheduled to arrive tomorrow.

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