Momma’s garden project

Sadly, a lot has changed since I last wrote about my garden, and it’s rather depressing. My potatoes didn’t last in the ground, and they did not make it through the transplant into my pots. After I planted those dang things, I read up on them a bit (yes, I know it’s better to read before planting, but obviously I don’t roll like that) and learned that they are actually very tender plants and need some TLC to correctly grow.

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So, I’m hoping that the next time I try to plant them, they will actually survive, now that I know what I need to do. My tomatoes are going good but the sun pretty much destroyed a huge chunk of the plants. I was able to get rid of a lot of the burnt parts, and now they’re growing better. We have been lucky enough to pick tomatoes whenever we need them, so I shouldn’t complain.

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And I had to get rid of my broccoli because the sun also destroyed that plant to the point of no return, and I realized that I never really use broccoli in my cooking. Maybe for a stir-fry or something, but I could definitely do without it.

The only plants that have lasted through this heat without too much maintenance are all of the peppers. We literally just pick the peppers when we use them, and they have lasted for a long time. Thinking of making some good salsa and hot sauce! Every time family members come over, I usually send them off with some peppers. Even if they don’t like them.

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My basil also made a surprising comeback, and is flourishing out of control right now. Hooray for pesto upon pesto upon pesto! I’ve also been able to use it for a bunch of other dishes, so I’m really happy it’s growing so well, cause it ain’t cheap. And the compost is doing it’s thing and, you know, composting.

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This week seemed to mesh really well with the last prompt on the Grow Write Guild, which is: This Plant is Driving Me Nuts. The potatoes were definitely driving me nuts, and sometimes the tomatoes can make me frustrated! I did what I could with the potatoes, but luckily I was able to resurrect what was left of the tomatoes and they are still harvesting.

I just have to keep reminding myself that this is my first time with a garden that houses more than just herbs, so I need to cut myself a little slack. But just a little. I’m excited to move these plants out when they’re done and try this shtick all over again.

Momma’s garden project: Week 13

I was fearing for the worst when my garden started to die due to the heat over the last few weeks. But then I increased the amount I was watering them and all of a sudden, they were blooming again! The most awesome plant in my garden thus far has been the tomato. I have been able to give A LOT of them to my family and still keep a bunch for us. We always buy tomatoes when we go to the grocery store so it’s pretty awesome to not have worry about that for a while.

The peppers have also been insane as of late, so it looks like I’ll be making some salsa soon! Along with the homemade tortillas I’m learning to make, we’ll be good! The only issues I’m having are with the potatoes and red onions, which are in the ground. We tried to pull them a couple weeks ago to see how they were doing, and we got nothing. But I’m going to pull them again next week and hopefully I will have a few potatoes to show for it!

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The most recent prompt for the Grow Write Guild was to write about a plant that is in bloom, which seems to perfect for right now, since all I can talk about is how wonderful my tomatoes are right now! I’m not even a tomato fan, I just can’t wait to make my salsa right now! The only thing I would change about the tomato is getting cages for all the plants. I do like the way it looks growing wild, but when I water it, I end up watering all the weeds too so it would be better if it was maintained!

Definitely getting cages for all of the plants next time around.

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The broccoli isn’t really doing too good right now. I’ve been pulling the weedy parts, so that all of the water goes to the broccoli, but it’s still taking a while. I’m going to pull the flowers that I have growing right now to see how they do.

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But what has been improving is my compost! I stopped adding to it, started mixing it up a lot more and kept it hydrated, so the food was able to compost faster. I’m hoping to have the compost ready by next Spring since I already have enough soil to last me for now. Luckily, the smell doesn’t completely blow me away when I go out there and I haven’t found any unwanted visitors…yet.

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So this is my garden right now, how is yours doing?

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Feel free to share your garden’s progress with pictures and the hashtag #yardlife on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Or share your pictures and stories by linking to your blog in the comments! You can check out more of my project on Facebook page and see more of my garden inspiration on Pinterest.

Momma’s garden project: week 6

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A couple weeks ago, I was introduced to what might be the most amazing thing I have ever found, The Grow Write Guild by You Grow Girl. It was started by Gayla Trail and is an online garden journal. Every two weeks, you get a new prompt that somehow relates to your garden. This week’s prompt was: Describe your fantasy garden.

Well, my fantasy garden would be in the same place it is now. I love the area it is in, it’s all blocked off and just for my little plants. But there would be more to it. The fences would be lined with avocado trees. There would be a blueberry bush and my strawberries would be out of control.

There would be a stone pathway into the garden and there would be a little garden area for Cecilia where she could grow what she chose, and tend to it. Then she would love tending to her garden so much that she would be inspired to tend to mine.

I would have a pineapple tree and a banana tree upon entering. There would be flat, dark rocks everywhere and in the middle would be this amazing table with running water streaming down the middle and watering the plants below. I saw the table on Pinterest and it has since gotten lost in the shuffle. But that table will be mine!

There would be a bench (of course) where I would read my book and sip tea while the sprinklers did my job for me.

Ah, fantasy.

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While I’m working on my fantasy garden, here’s how my for real garden is going. The tomato plants are getting bigger so I finally had to break out the cage. I only have one cage for now, so the biggest plant got spoiled. The others will just have to wait. We got in some peppers….sweet!

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Now for the sad part. I posted some beautiful broccoli pictures last week, then I was saddened to learn that those flowers in the pictures were actually bad. What? Since when are flowers bad? So, I had to break off that part to let it grow some more. My strawberries took a definite pooper, so I had to take them out of the planter and into the ground.

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Look at that sad basil. Makes me sad to know my basil is so sad.

Look at that sad basil. Makes me sad to know my basil is so sad.

You can find more fantastic garden ideas on my Pinterest and you can see more garden pictures on my Facebook page.

So, how is your garden doing?