Garden Chit-Chat

August 10, 2011 11:29 am · 10 comments

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any gardening pics or chit-chat so I thought I’d share a little bit today. This has been a very interesting year of gardening for me. I basically tripled the size of my garden from last year, adding in different veggies that I wanted to try to grow. I added some kohlrabi, potatoes, peas, cucumbers, watermelon and squash.

My peas did well, but when we were on vacation, we were hit with some higher temps and I lost the last part of the crop. Lesson learned: Peas don’t like heat! I haven’t quite figured out the variety of cucumbers that we grew. It seems like no matter what size I pick them, they just don’t taste right–yet I can’t find my seed packet to research it online. A learning lesson here: always keep a gardening journal of what you plant so you can make notes later! The watermelon and squash are doing well. I knew they’d take up a lot of space but I still wasn’t prepared for just how much! I think I’ll keep them in a totally separate area next year and just let them grow freely. I think I’ll also put the potatoes elsewhere and try to squeeze in just one more 3×3 garden bed in that area instead. I also have an interesting concept of how I’ll grow beans and peas next year. I’ll share it with you if it works!!

I’m sharing all these things because here’s what I’ve found about gardening—it’s a continual learning process. Especially during strange weather years, like this one for us, between the rain/flooding and excessive heat wave. But at the same time, it’s a lot of fun for me. I often find it’s almost a source of calm for me as I can just get lost in what I’m doing and not stress about all I think I should be doing! I’m hoping that several of you that haven’t tried gardening gave it a try this year. And if not, it’s still not too late! There are several veggies that grow well in the late fall that you can still get started now–or soon. Just check to see what grows well in your zone for fall. If you didn’t get in a garden, you may want to consider checking out any local farmer’s markets to enjoy some fresh locally-grown food!

Here are a few pics from our garden/yard/harvest:

The larger varieties of tomatoes are still green and just ready to flip to red any day now.

This is just one picking of cherry/grape tomatoes. Such a savings for me as a container of these are usually around $3 in the store. If you enjoy tomatoes and have limited space, I highly recommend getting a container/patio tomato plant. You should get quite a harvest and savings just from one plant.

My friend introduced me to kohlrabi a few years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. This is the first year I’ve grown them. Very easy to grow. When ripe, I just slice off their skins, add a little salt and they make a nice little snack or crunchy addition to a salad.

A watermelon in my backyard? I never thought I’d be able to grow them but so far, so good! The kids just thought this was the best when they saw it finally growing on the vine.

This beauty is what I believe to be the wild birds way of thanking me for feeding them. They dropped some seeds by my bird feeder. I let them grow as I knew the kids would get a kick out the plant. I’m guessing the seeds aren’t edible. But I’m hoping to grow some that are next year.

Hoping you are enjoying a fun year of gardening, too! I’d love to hear how your garden is growing, any things you’ve learned or any other stories you’d like to share about gardening.

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