Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Stone Soup, Anyone?

We haven't even finished building our veggie garden, and we already have an overabundance of our first crop.  


This crop seems to grow a little too easily in this area, as we have harvested dozens in just a small section of soil.  Some even seem to be growing one on top of the other!


While we do love this particular crop, it is pulling them out that is the problem. Some come out easily; others seem to have very deep roots indeed.  

  
It is somewhat exciting - these didn't grow nearly as big or in so much abundance in my previous garden in North Carolina.  If only they weren't so hard to harvest...


A few had grown so large that it took the efforts of both Mr. Red House and I to uproot them. And then there was the Big One.  It had roots so deep, that it defied both our efforts.  (We decided it was quite fine staying where it was.)


Anyone up for some Stone Soup?  You just have to dig a little... (or a lot!)

17 comments:

  1. Gosh, you could build a stone wall with all of those beautiful rocks! I've want to do that for a while but couldn't afford all the rocks (or the labor to move them around)! Very impressive!

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    1. It is so exciting to have some rocks. We're contemplating what to do with them, maybe making some sort of rock garden.. Hopefully we can move them to where we want them without hurting ourselves! :)

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  2. Indie - I suffer from rock envy. Mail me some rocks. :)

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    1. Umm.. maybe some rock seeds? :P

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  3. I see that gardening in Boston has its own challenges. I used to feel sorry for myself, gardening in hard clay, with rocks and roots everywhere you want to dig. I see I am a rank amateur in the stone department.

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    1. Oh, I am still counting my blessings that I am no longer gardening in pure clay. Even while we struggle to take out a rock, I keep saying, 'look at all that great dirt around that rock!' I still have a fair amount of clay, but it's not nearly like NC!

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  4. I'm always envious of those who can harvest these fabulous stones in their garden--for free! Of course, the digging doesn't sound too pleasant. Here, if I want some rocks to border a flower bed, I have to buy them!

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    1. That's how my garden was in North Carolina. I would go to areas nearby where they were constructing houses and find the biggest rocks I could to line my garden beds (and the biggest rocks I could find were no bigger than my fist.) Now I'm in business!

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  5. Wow! Those are incredible! You are so lucky - that many rocks that size would cost a fortune here, if a landscaper installed them. I am sure they will look super, regardless where you place them.

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    1. We are very excited and already planning a little stone wall! Now if only we can roll them to where we need them...

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  6. Yes I too have rock-envy. Sending a jiffy nag over to you :-)

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    1. Once I figure out what a jiffy nag is, I shall eagerly wait for it to come in the mail ;)

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  7. Cute post title. Here, living on the Niagara Gorge, stones are plentiful and pop up often. I know others think that is great, but planting becomes a chore digging out stone that winter spits forth each spring. You would think the sticky clay would keep them down there.

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    1. I feel for farmers like my grandfather and uncle. In a small veggie garden, the rocks aren't that bad. I can't imagine dealing with acres of them!

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  8. I love rocks, and I would love to harvest some stones like yours! I hope you have some great plans for them. I like to use them in my garden, and I have paid a little fortune over the years for them.

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    1. I love using stones in the garden. We definitely have plans - the main problem is deciding which plan to go with! After coveting rocks while living in North Carolina, we totally appreciate having them, even if they take a little effort to dig up!

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  9. It is inevitable that in Mass. you would find so many of them... I hear they are everywhere, but I hope you finally get to good soil to start your veg garden.

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