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The Morning After... 
Jun. 3, 2009 2:47 pm 
Updated: Jun. 8, 2009 11:07 am
After the Missus and I play our normal rounds of alternating/battling phone alarm eruption and snoozing, we begin the waking-up process by adding a trip to the bedroom window to take a first glance in daylight at our newly-planted garden.

Although there is a long way to go before we're harvesting tomatoes and squash, there is an early sense of pride and accomplishment here. Hence, looking out the bedroom window into the morning sunlight, the garden looks simply beautiful!

I feel like proud papa as I look in amazement at the result of our efforts, which seem now to have been relatively light in proportion to my expected pay-off.

The dog and I did a little morning visitation to get a closer look as well as to take some photos where you can actually see what's going on.

Dreaming of fresh salsa....
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Polly is done
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Jun. 4, 2009 7:29 am
You did a wonderful job of builiding your garden box. I just broke into gardening last summer with a couple of tomato plants and pepper plants and one basil plant. I had a bumper crop of basil! This year I added some sage, mint, and cukes. I, too, am dreaming of fresh salsa. Good Gardening!
Jun. 4, 2009 10:00 am
I love the photo of Polly and her celebration!
Jun. 4, 2009 1:24 pm
5nnVery pretty garden. Wish my dirt looked that good.
Jun. 8, 2009 11:07 am
k861084: We measured out the area we wanted and dug it up. We cut the wood to fit and drilled holes through all three to then stake them together and into the ground. We filled the box with a mix of dirt from the yard and some bags of potting soil and 'steer manure mix.' I'll tell anyone who listens that it's FAR easier than you'd imagine. Do it!
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