Momma’s Garden Project: The beginning of the end

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This is everything I pulled from my garden yesterday. To say my garden is a mess would be a huge understatement. I let it get away from me for a few weeks, and weeds took over everything. There are ants everywhere and it’s almost too much for me to maintain with the small amount of time I get to spend on it.

So, here is what I’ve learned from my first garden:

  • You don’t need to plant everything you see at the Nursery
  • One garden bed per new mom
  • Maybe don’t even start with garden beds. One garden pot per new mom
  • You don’t need an entire six-pack of peppers. Start with one pack.
  • Look at when it’s good to plant something
  • Think about what you actually eat and decide to start there

I am going to make hot sauce with most of the peppers and then dry the rest. But, it’s almost too consuming for me right now. I shouldn’t have taken on such a big garden for my first time, and I should have dedicated every Sunday to it, like I planned.

I’m going to pull what is left next weekend then I will probably take the plants down before the frost hits. I’m going to get the rest of my basil out now and make all my pesto, then maybe downsize to a smaller herb garden that I can put in front so it will be sheltered from the rain.

At least I can say that I was able to give a lot of family and friends gifts from my garden, and we haven’t bought tomatoes in a long, long time! It was an awesome learning experience and I’m so glad I started it. I have truly learned that to be good at anything, you need to put a lot of time into your practice. This will help me on so many levels, and I’m not sure I would have seen this so clearly if I had not started my garden.

The best part of it all – I can finally get into canning!

Momma’s garden project: Week 11

Remember the red tomato that I wrote about in my blog post about last week?

IMG_3859I pulled it last night and then while I was out in the garden today, another tomato fell right off! So needless to say, the tomatoes are going like crazy last night! Unfortunately for me, I’m not a tomato fan. But I do love salsa! And, this will be perfect time for me to get into canning. Sam also LOVES tomatoes and I’m planning on giving some away to family and friends.IMG_4069

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The rest of the garden is growing good, too. I was able to pull out the dead plants and the weeds, so all of the resources can be used on the plants that are thriving.

IMG_4065So, in this box we have five different peppers, chives, spinach and broccoli. I was able to spot a few peppers that are almost ready to pluck. And there are a lot that are getting ready to sprout! I am so unbelievably excited about my garden. Like I’ve said before, I have planted herbs and tomatoes before, but nothing ever worked out.

IMG_4055 IMG_4056 IMG_4057 IMG_4058 IMG_4059 IMG_4061 IMG_4063I also have four rows of potatoes. Didn’t quite think about the fact that we’re definitely going to be able to eat four rows worth of potatoes. So…more gifts from the garden for our family and friends! For some silly reason, I forgot to take pictures of them so I will have to update next week. I think I’m going to check them out next Sunday to see if I can pull them. Because that would be awesome.

Then, there is my headache. The compost pile. I’m worried that it will take a while for this stuff to compost, which is fine because we won’t need new soil until next Spring. We have enough to last us until then. But still! I need immediate results!

IMG_4066And with that in mind, this is what I’ve learned from gardening: patience. You have to work with these plants while you wait for them to bloom and you have to take care of them. I can spend a few hours each weekend just pruning everything back and pulling weeds. But my goodness, when that first tomato came in, it all felt worth it. It was so gratifying and I appreciated it so much more because I literally sat and watched tomatoes grow for about three months now.

There is so much more I want to do with my garden, but I know that will all come with time. I’m going to plan everything out, and do it when I can. And that is something I’ve never been able to do before.