Friday, July 17, 2009

Gardening . . . a learning experience!





As promised . . . an update on the kitchen garden.

We have come a long way . . . made some mistakes, had a few heartbreaks, learned some lessons both what to do and what not to do. BUT . . we are beginning to enjoy some delicious veggies!

Lesson #1 . . . don't trust a tag that says "Bush pickle" ! HA . . . the darned thing is trailing all over, up and down and reaching out to hold hands with everyone in the garden!

Lesson #2 . . . We are still trying to figure out exactly what 1" of water a week means ! (every plant has it's own idea and thirst level) .

Lesson #3 . . . if at first it doesn't grow . . try again, water more, water less , move it or yank it out and plant another . . . or POUT !

Tip from an old gardening pro . . . . EPSOM SALTS ! Who knew???

Enjoy the pics . . . so far we have enjoyed some nice tomatoes, pickles, little fingers eggplant, nasturtiums in a salad, patty pan squash (one of my favorites!) and yes, for some spice, jalapenos! I can't wait till the butternut squash is ready . . another favorite!

See how busy that little "bottoms up" bee is! ? I know just how he feels!

The sad note is that for some reason Zucchini does not like my garden! But . . I'm not giving up on the poor little things! Of all the darned easy to grow veggies . . this is the one who is our problem child!


Enjoy . . . . and remember to eat your veggies!
Lori Ann

6 comments:

Life is good! said...

beautiful garden! i love taking a piece of brown dirt and watching the beautiful plants grow from it. my zuchinnis, cucumbers are going crazy!

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tj said...

...Your garden looks absolutely fantastic! It looks like it's right out of a magazine...seriously. :o)

...We've yet to get any tomatoes, they're on the vine but not ripe yet. We got 'em out a lil' too late but patience is a virtue, right? lol...

...Congrat's on the successful garden!

...Blessings... :o)

Christine LeFever said...

Lori Ann, that is a beautiful garden! And speaking of that busy bee, once upon a time, Christé Crocker sold to me an adorable bee doll dressed in a white gauze skirt. Of course, down through the years, I managed to sell the little creation. I cannot imagine that you would ever create a bee along with your wonderful whimsies, but... if anyone could pull it off as beautifully as Ms. Crocker did, that would be you!

Hugs,

Christine ~ Zwee!!!!!!

Gwendie said...

I love your little garden but what in the world do you do with Epsom salts? I got my garden in quite late this year but the tomatoes are at least blooming. Wish them luck!

Heidi Steiner said...

Lori your garden is deliciously beautiful!
Hugs-
Heidi

I'm Lori Ann said...

Thanks everyone . . so glad you are enjoying the pictures!!
For those of you wondering about epsom salts in the garden . . . .
http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/garden_benefits.htm
check out the link.
Happy growing,
Lori Ann