Friday, December 30, 2011

Reflections of "Old Dave's Garden" blog

October 2009 "Old Dave's Garden" was born.  It's been just over two years that this blog has recorded the some what strange and entertaining antics of Old Dave in his garden.  My goodness, who would have thought anyone would follow such a blog but at present there are 27 followers.  This week the total page views rolled over the 7,000 mark.  I am indeed humbled.  My very first comment received brought a surprised look on my face that anyone should not only read the post but feel inspired to leave a comment.  It has been a refreshing journey that has brought sadness, joy, inspiration, compassion, challenge,  and many more things of character building.  Many thanks to those of you who read and comment here on this blog.

January and February were spent in the basement working on a food storage area.  The plans were aggressive and the project didn't quite get completed but January of 2012 the project will continue.

In March Spring sprung and tulips bloomed beside the daffodils announcing that Spring had arrived.  Cleanup from the winter began with great anticipation of gardening, flower planting, and continuing outside projects.  A trip to Las Vegas to visit family and to celebrate what was to be my Dad's 87th birthday and his final one.

April brought one last blast of winter with snow which didn't last long but brought much needed moisture.  Rains abounded through out the month as grass started it's growth for the year and made the ending of winter a joyous time.

As April rolled into May the poor man's living patio once again came to life as flowers were planted in hanging baskets and along the retaining wall.

June ended the school year which brought much joy to my grandson since he was to leave to visit his Dad in California on July 4th for an entire month.  The rabbits were foiled by covering the lettuce with a screen and the first salad harvest was eaten with lip smacking enjoyment.

July brought the hottest month of the year to us and many 100+ days with no rain were endured.  Gardens suffered but produced the first tomato from the garden.  The automated gravity feed watering system worked flawlessly and most likely saved the garden from burning up.  While my grandson was absent visiting his Dad a free standing fort/tree house was erected in the back yard and a swing set from the neighbors refurbished and anchored in the ground.  It was a busy month.

In August some garden cleanup along with much yard work was done.  What started as a simple faucet replacement of a couple hours ended by a total replacement of the sink and all plumbing to the drain pipe in the wall taking about a week.  It was quite a project.  Returning to school saddened my grandson for a while but then it was good to see all his classmates again.

September began the process to buy Terra Nova Gardens from the foreclosed property website.  A fall garden was planted just before leaving on a fishing trip into the high country of Nevada.  The limit for Trout was brought back to enjoy during the winter months.  The fall garden, "Mesclun lettuce", started producing.

October inspired the Mesclun to prolifically produce and a salad a day was the norm.  Yard cleanup, dismantling the gravity feed garden watering system, and continuing to work on the back yard patio kept me busy. 

A very warm November kept the fall garden producing and allowed more work on the backyard patio.  Many hours were spent at Terra Nova Gardens scouting, dreaming, planning, discovering, and even some clearing of the land.

December gave me a great Christmas present.  The official deed to Terra Nova Gardens came in the mail just before Christmas.  Now I actually own the land and serious planning has begun.

Overall it's been a grand year and I'm so excited about the New Year of 2012.  How much can an old guy with stand.

So I leave you with this old Irish blessing and pray your New Year is the best.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


  1. Sending New Year blessing your way to make your new gardens reap gobs of produce and a new avenue in your life. So the adventure begins:
    Have a wonderful New Year in 2012

  2. Happy New Year, Dave.
    I hope the coming year brings you much joy (and a whole lot of vegetables!)

  3. Oh, I so love that Irish blessing. It always brings tears to my eyes.

    I am so looking forward to watching your new garden evolve. It's going to be a lot and bring you a lot of joy in years to come. Just make sure to keep us posted and take lots of pictures.

    Happy New Year Dave! May 2012 bring you good health, happiness and a bountiful garden!

  4. I'll be visiting in the new year. Looking forward to those new garden beds.
    Happy New Year.

  5. Wonderful news on Terra Nova, good for you! Happy New Year and may 2012 bring you nothing but joyful blessings!