Family Garden 101

April 5th Edition

Last week, we didn't go out to our community garden a single time.  I thought about it a lot.  I pictured it completely grown over with weeds or drowning in rain puddles.  The only thing I didn't picture was wild turkeys.

Yes.  Wild turkeys.  I talked to my friend that owns the land- no weeds nor huge boggy puddles, but she did warn me that they've had a lot of wild turkeys this year.

Evidently wild turkeys love to ravage potatoes. You have to admit- that's just funny.

We are going out today to check our crops, to weed. and to plant another row of beets plus some mustard greens and fennel.  Hopefully, we won't have to replant potatoes. My family is going to do all of the above and then my children plan on having chatting/playing/chasing time with the other families that will be there working on their plots.  It's all good.

I'm also hoping to finish laying out, on paper, where the rest of my after-frost-date plantings will go.

On the home salad garden front, we ate lettuce from the garden for dinner yesterday.  Everyone got a tiny, pathetic little piece of green on their sandwich.  Everyone told me, with great sincerity, that it tasted great.

Have a great gardening week!



  1. Can I ask a dorky question? How do you harvest the lettuce? Just cut off the leaves you want right?
    Wild turkeys vs. potato sets. The END! That's awesome!

  2. JoAnn, Not dorky at all. Leaf lettuces you just cut whatever leaves look promising. I usually do from the outside first. Towards the end of the season you just hack the whole thing off at dirt level.

  3. Hi,
    I hope the Wild Turkeys don't get to the potatoes! We have them here in our yard too but they have been absent all winter. We have the deer getting closer to our patio for everyday though..

    Thanks for doing this, my kids enjoy linking up with you. Have a great week!