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The Garden of No Sleepin’

by verdemama on March 23, 2010

Thanks to baby’s teething, then cold, then ear infection, I’m on day 13 of craptastic sleep (also known as OMG-I’m-dangerous-so-stay-out-of-my-way-for-your-own-safety) although it seems like day 13,485. It’s amazing how much not sleeping can really make simple things—like forming a coherent thought or finding the motherfucking ketchup in the fridge when it’s right in front of your motherfucking face—nearly impossible. I promise to get back to some more substantial blog posts soon. I’ve got some pretty fun topics planned for the near future, so keep coming back. Please?

But in the meantime, let’s have a nice, relaxing breath of lavender, shall we?

This is from our backyard garden, where we also grow rosemary, three kinds of thyme, oregano, basil, two kinds of peppers, several kinds of heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, lemons, oranges, garlic, lettuces, potatoes and yams. And chard. Oh, the chard.

This bad boy has been going for several months and it just won’t stop producing. Below is just one meal’s worth. There’s mucho mas where that came from.

Who’s behind the chard? PEEKABOO! Oh GOD, I need sleep…

Maybe it’s the compost we use (we make our own, and I can tell you how to do it yourself if you’re interested) or maybe our soil is just magic—especially amazing considering we live in urban Southern California, not exactly prime farmland these days. Case in point: last summer we went on vacation for 10 days, leaving behind some little pumpkin blooms, and when we returned, these monsters were lurking in the pumpkin patch.

I’ve been surprised by how easy gardening is. (Maybe because my husband ends up doing most of the grunt work? Nah, that can’t be it.) Not too long ago the hub stuck a potato in the earth and later dug it up to find a bunch of little potato babies. Just like that. It’s amazing to have this knowledge and intimacy of how food grows and where it comes from. Watching it grow and thrive is a bit like watching a child grow and change and become what he’s meant to be.

Pretty amazing indeed. (Even with the sleepless nights.)

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