Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Patch of Earth


Welcome to my Garden
I thought it was time for a little update on the veggie garden.  Oh how this garden has been a mixed blessing!  But mostly a blessing really.

Ok so I may be a horticulturist but I really didn't know that if I put straw down in my garden for mulch, it would sprout.  And sprout a LOT!  Silly me. Guess this is pretty standard according to my veggie gardening expert friend.  The last week and a half have been spent ripping out wheat.  I did want to grow some grains in the garden but by choice, not by accident.  I left the wheat to grow among the sweetcorn.  Figure it won't do much harm there and maybe I'll have a few seed heads to process and grind in my mill.  Oh that would be so awesome.

The ponatoes are doing well and growing so thick there are no weeds!

And I must say I've never seen marigolds quite so pretty as mine.  I love deadheading them, tossing the spent flower heads on the path and walking on them.  The smell of marigolds reminds me of the ones my mother grew in a raised bed next to the sidewalk that went from the house to the garage in the back yard of the first house we lived in after moving from California.  I think one year I buried the spent flower heads in the soil and they sprouted.  I was maybe in 3rd or 4th grade.  I've alllllways been a plant geek see?

And talk about geek, remember my chicken boots I was so happy about?  Well they are too small.  :-(  Oh well.  They weren't terribly practical and I've learned the hard way that practicality always wins out with me. So I thought: "I'll do some toe ups or something and firm up my calves!  Then I can fit in my chicken boots!"  Eegads.  What's that quote about if you can laugh at yourself you will always be amused?  They went back to the company and they are sending me a comfy pair of gardening clogs instead. Chicken boots just aren't worth that much!

I planted 11 tomatoes.  Yes, I know I'm crazy.  But honestly I didn't plant too many of anything else.....well...maybe a few too many onions (omyums for any Pooh-bears that might be reading) but really that's gotta be it.  I should be able to keep up with that right?   

Well, I did plant 4 more tomatoes today....it's late I know but I started them from seed and as you can see from this post on my problem with propagationaholicism (Google the term; I have the distinct satisfaction of being the ONLY thing that pops up when you do!  Ha!) I couldn't just toss the baby tomatoes.  So in the ground they went.











Mortgage Lifter Tomato flower ^

Another reminder of mom is this statice or Limonium it's also called.  Lovely, dainty stuff.  One year she grew it her veggie patch.  The flowers dry extremely well and the plant doesn't take up much room.

It ain't hard to figure out where my love of gardening came from eh?

How's your garden growing?

3 comments:

  1. My Grandfather really inspired me to love gardening with his emmaculate city lot, with fruit trees and lawn. He loved his lawn, no mow! It was dichondra or some new thing way back when :)

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  2. I need to weed today, on account of the rain we got. My vegetables are starting to come in already and I'm starting to dry herbs. We now have flowers blooming so we can cut some and enjoy them indoors.

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  3. Nancy: Everyone used to plant fruit trees! There are so many abandoned trees nowadays. It's too bad but; I go knocking on people's doors and take the apples off their hands. :0

    Kristina: We are so dry here, the only good thing is the weeds aren't that bad anymore. Yikes we need the rain though.

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