welcome to my brand new blog! I am so excited to start this. I’ve had a desire to start blogging more, but haven’t really took the steps to see it through. I think I am finally ready, and I’m looking forward to it. this blog will just be a collection of everything in my life. so I hope you’ll stick around.
so this year I started my first “real” garden. my mom was a huge help in this process, as we both worked together for many hours in the hot sun getting everything ready. we don’t have a lot of gardening experience, and we really did not do *too* much research; we just kind of went with the trial and error method. I have already learned a lot of things along the way that I will carry with me for next year’s garden (like the fact that squirrels love to eat/steal the broccoli). so here’s a peek into our little garden.
there are a lot of wild plants surrounding the garden. I could weed them, but I am just sort of letting nature do its thang.
oh, and I absolutely adore my little watering pail. I found it at goodwill some time last year.
the cucumber plants! this is by far our most successful plant in the garden. we grew everything from the seeds (except the broccoli), and these little guys have just been doing so well.
I just love how each cucumber that has come out has been a different size or shape. when I first noticed that the cucumbers had popped out I squealed with delight while sitting in the dirt by myself. successfully growing your own organic food has to be one of the most rewarding feelings ever.
I *believe* these are turnip plants. I am terrible at remembering, but I am 99.999% sure. they are doing okay as of now, definitely better than they were before. something that I have learned through this trial and error process is that plants such as turnip and radish do not transplant well, which I found out after they went from pot to ground and they were practically dead the next day. luckily I have been able to bring them back to life it seems.
little radish pods =). at first I had no idea what these were. I knew that radishes grew like bulbs in the ground, but when I saw these I was so confused. I later learned that these little pods hold the radish seeds. nature is seriously fascinating.
marigolds I planted to thwart off certain insects. plus they’re pretty to look at.
carrots – I have yet to put these in to the ground, but I did try to grow carrots last year, and did not have any luck. the carrots that I grew last year were probably about an inch and a half long, but the stems/plants on top were huge. I’m not sure if it has something to do with our soil, but we’ll see how it goes this time around. I don’t have too much hope for these, as it is already pretty late in the season and these are still little babies.
I am pretty sure these are cantaloupe plants (behind the cucumber), but I honestly don’t remember. I should probably work on that for next year ;).
corn! okay this I am *incredibly* excited about. I love corn with a great passion, and the fact that we grew this plant from the seeds is so thrilling to me. there are even a couple ears of corn popping out. I honestly did not expect it to even get this big (that’s what she said), or to produce corn, so I am pretty happy.
lettuce – this was not doing so hot for a long time. I’ve heard that lettuce is pretty difficult to grow, so I wasn’t too disappointed over it. but for some reason over the past week or two it has really started to grow. granted, it is still pretty small here, but compared to its stagnant state that it was in before, this is big progress. I’m not sure what happened to make it come back to life, but I’m pretty excited.
and then of course we have one of my favorite foods ever. these lycopene-giving beauties: tomatoes.
some sort of green pepper. I didn’t actually grow these, our neighbor did. david and I tried one, not expecting them to be that spicy.. but we found out within about 1.2 seconds that they were easily the spiciest peppers that have ever graced our tongues. david actually took a bite out of one; his entire face turned red and I thought steam was going to come out of his ears like it does in cartoons. and he actually likes spicy stuff (being part mexican and all).
I barely touched the half eaten pepper to the tip of my tongue, and my entire mouth/tongue was immediately on fire. I couldn’t believe how spicy these were.
and lastly here are some flower bushes that have been in our garden for several years now.
I have no idea what their name is, but they are pretty and brighten things up.
so that’s our little garden. it’s not much, but I’m proud of it.
I love to go out there, get my hands dirty, and watch the bees fly around as they help the garden flourish.
nature is so wonderful and it’s just so fantastic to watch everything work together.
are you growing anything of your own? because you should =)!