Thursday, April 24, 2008

Going Green--Part II

Just to prove that it's not all about fiber and complaining about high gas prices and predicting the fall of Western civilization around here, I thought I'd share another "green" project.

Before (note the absence of vegetation in our vegetable garden--and that gorgeous wisteria over my garden gate!):


During:


Tomatoes, snap peas, beans, squash, eggplant, cucumbers, strawberries, lettuce, peppers, basil, chives, and zucchini:


And after:


Our perpetual garden resident seems to approve:

For those who might be wondering, he's an endangered California Desert Tortoise. I inherited him from my aunt, who rescued him from a poacher some thirty years ago. By law he cannot be re-released into the wild or removed from the state, so when she moved to Colorado a couple of years ago, she left him with me. He is at least thirty-five, maybe older. No one really knows how long they live, but 75+ years is a conservative estimate. He just came out of hibernation.

And just because she looked so darned cute:

16 comments:

janet said...

Did you plant carrots? Great pics and I love your supervisor- the big black dog with the sad smile, who seems to be saying, "But I don't like vegetables"

Kim said...

Excellent garden. I love your turtle. Does he/she have a name? I bet turtle eats up all the slugs. Slugs are the bane of my garden existence. Cute dog lounging in sunshine photo too.

purlfriend said...

How exciting to have a turtle! Peeper-Lou has been wanting a box turtle forever. And that Wisteria is fabulous!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Oops that was me, I accidentally posted from Babs' account!

Lydee said...

great garden! love the pics!

Patty said...

Gorgeous garden and turtle and doggy. Wow. The turtle is my age (almost as old anyways). I like to think he has a few more wrinkles...

brunhilda said...

your tortoise is awesome! he really needs to enter your blog more often. your dog is cute too :)

sophanne said...

That dog is looking 3-D on my screen. Home school with yarnhog rocks- I look at the tiny little flower pots we got going on in the first grade classrooms-what lucky kids

Kristin said...

How great to already have your veggies in the ground!
Love your tortoise and that he hiberates. Good green work all around.

Sharon said...

Warms my heart to see a kid working in the garden!

Haley said...

your tortoise is adorable. how funny to know that you have a "pet" that you might have to leave to someone 40 years from now. crazy! your dog looks adorable. i love when mine do the head on the paws pose.

Senja said...

Wow it is warm there! I can't even think about planting outside until after Memorial day weekend here. Is the turtle hard to take care of? What a fun addition to the garden.

melissaknits said...

I can't wait to put more in. I moved the lettuce out, and was all set to take pics. So the chickens ate it all before I could get the camera, so now all I have is a box full of nothing but henscratch. We also put down 8 bags of cedar chips. They decided to bathe in it.

I am afraid to move anything else out.

Angelika said...

I see you've been busy in every which way.

punkin said...

I really enjoyed what you wrote about your husband and his obvious influence on the weather. That is amazing!

kate said...

Wait .... that is your garden today? Like, in April? Wow. I've got pea seedlings coming up .... but mine won't be like that until late June.

Love the tortoise.