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May 9th, 2009

While in D.C. last week we spent some time taking in all the monuments. It’s really interesting to spend some time learning the history behind them before you go, they have much more of an impact that way.
lincoln-memorial
marine-monument
changing-of-the-guard
We only visited the White House at night since we were turned down for our tour, so I didn’t get to see the new veggie garden.
white-house-at-night
I did spot a few gardening/preserving items while touring the Smithsonian, as well as a few Victory garden posters.
canning-book-at-smithsonian
canning-supplies-at-the-smithsonian
Here are some old canning supplies on display at the American History Museum. This was my favorite poster of course (anyone recognize it?)
standing-in-front-of-the-victory-garden-poster
All-in-all we had a great time in D.C. with our friends.
hanging-out-in-dc
When we returned home however, the fun ended. The weather must have been perfect while we were gone because the gardens were a jungle! Our lawn was actually so tall it went to seed (and I mowed it the night before we left).
kale-flowering
My kale bloomed while we were gone and the peas must have grown a foot.
peas-growing
The lettuce was overflowing from it’s planters, so we’ve been eating salads every day (not that we mind).
lettuce-in-pots
The most exciting sight when we got home were our strawberries in full bloom. I can hardly wait to see the red berries.
strawberries-blooming
Going on vacation during prime spring planting season it a bit of a gamble, I did worry about coming home to flats of dead plants and weeks of work down the drain. I had 5 grow lights in the house on timers and I watered everything well before we left. There were only a few casualties as far as the seedlings go, and it was from nibbling cats. I think next time I’ll plan my vacation a little earlier or a little later to avoid being gone during this time of the gardening season.

Do you avoid going on vacation during certain times of the year because of gardening chores?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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