Chemistry, sharp hoes, and straw

Last night Jillian and I – along with our posse (Donnie P., David P.-H., Matt H., and Mark L.) – went to our first gardening class. The meeting covered the following topics: soil testing, winter ground covers, and winterizing your garden tools. This was fascinating to all of us, mainly because the people around us were speaking a foreign language.

A kitchen garden! Not ours, but hopefully ours will look something like this.

A kitchen garden! Not ours, but hopefully ours will look something like this.

Some things we learned:

1. Gardening involves chemistry. We were very surprised by this. We thought it was just dirt, seeds, water, and sun. We were wrong. Many, many discussions revolved around changing the ph of the soil by adding things like lime, nitrogen, wood ash, sand, and old tomato plants. This felt way above our young gardening heads.

2. You need a sharp hoe. There are many ways to sharpen your hoe. One is to go to a hardware store and have them sharpen the hoe for you. When this discussion took place, I made a serious effort to not look at Jillian, David, Donnie, Mark, or Matt. I knew if I looked at them embarrassing, middle-schoolish laughter would occur.

3. Straw should be straw. This was one of the most enlightening comments of the night. I now know where to go to get the best, most strawish straw in Lexington. What I am supposed to use the straw for – not so sure.

So, after the gardening class, we had our own beginning gardening meeting at Common Grounds over coffee and the hugest (is that a word?), most delicious piece of chocolate cake I have ever eaten (Eating it actually made me feel out-of-breath, so I am counting it as my exercise for the week). The agenda for the Piercey Pascale-Hague Community Garden is:

Determine the sunniest spot in the backyard.

Figure out what we want to plant and how to plant enough so we are able to share with our neighbors.

Call the gas company to make sure we don’t dig up something we shouldn’t.

Try not to spend a fortune on the garden, which would defeat the purpose of the garden.

More updates and photos of the PPHCG to follow.


3 Responses to “Chemistry, sharp hoes, and straw”

  1. 1 Jillian October 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Haha!! I don’t really think our garden will ever look like that, no matter how sharp our hoes are.

  2. 2 Courtney Cloud October 10, 2008 at 3:16 am

    I will remember to tell everyone to make sure they have sharp hoes!!

  3. 3 Jami Young November 8, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Yeah – dull hoe’s are lame. I want my hoe as sharp as they come…

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