I had good intentions for my fall garden. My husband even tilled it, bless his heart. And then….nothing. I didn’t plant a thing. My life got a little crazy and I just couldn’t add one more thing to my plate.
BUT, I’m back.
Garden tilled. Check. Plants ready to get planted. Check. Weather is perfect. Check. Irrigation lines set up. Almost. Today is the day to work on that with our 88 degree weather forecasted today.
I had to cross fence my garden area and give a little less than half to our two geese. I couldn’t stand goose poop on my patio any longer so the sacrifice is so worth it.
What are YOU planting?
A little late, but we are definitely on our way to having a planted garden this week! I will update as soon as we finish!
Well, friends, here goes another garden update. As you can see from the photos, me and the grass and the jungle seem to be getting along just fine. My teenage son, who is very meticulous about everything, seems to not think it is ok, but it’s working for me just fine this year. I wouldn’t call this my most beautiful garden, but it’s doing it’s job.
I asked my son, Dylan, what I should title this post and he said “I don’t know, Garden Update?”. Brilliant. This is what this is. A garden update.
Well, where do I start, let me rewind back to February. My summer garden plans had me dreaming of 200 tomato plants and loads of pepper plants, which I had started in January and they were all nicely coming along. And then, my entrepreneurial 15 year old son had an idea so I went with it. He wanted to sell plants. So, what does a good homeschooling mother do? She lets him sell plants. He had about 500 tomato and pepper plants started in seed trays so I told him he could sell the 200 plants that I had already started in January with me knowing that 500 more were supposedly coming. Then all of his 500 plants got a weird disease and didn’t make it like they should….of course. So in the meantime he sold all of my plants, except for 20 of them which I planted in my garden and most of them had lost their name tags so I don’t even know what kind they are! All of my neighbors are now growing my plants and I hope they enjoy them! Cracks me up.
Anyway, here are a few photos of my garden so far. I got a really late start with the tomatoes because my son had them in trays out in front of my house trying to sell them until the end of March. He’s very proud of himself and hey, I’m proud of him, plus we got to meet a lot of our neighbors. What can I say? I love growing plants and my son likes selling and organizing them. Hmmmm…maybe we’ve got something going.
Oh man, I am so disappointed.
A few months ago, we put up a fence to protect the garden space. Then I realized that rabbits could still get through the fence. So we put up about a foot high of smaller wire mesh along the bottom of the fence to keep the rabbits out. That worked.
Then the gophers kept pulling my plants under. So we bought gopher traps and trapped them. I don’t know how many gophers are out there, but there are more out there than we catch. But, we got them under control.
Then I noticed that the birds are hanging around and pecking at my plants long enough to leave their poo on my plants and holes in my plants. So I bought metallic ribbon and tied them to the end of an irrigation flag and hopefully that will work.
Then I noticed little itty bitty rabbit droppings all over my garden just recently. And then my kids noticed two baby bunnies scrambling down into holes inside of the garden area. But, there are so many holes from the gophers that I don’t know where the heck they live. And this is the damage that they are causing to my tomato plants. There’s not much left of them.
It’s so sad to watch what I babied for the last 2 months be eaten in a couple of nights. I think the next plan of action is to get some live traps because we have all decided at my house that we don’t have the heart to gopher trap the baby bunnies. Try me again in a week and see where my heart is if I can’t live trap them. I can’t plant anything else until those babies are out of my garden.
Yeehaw, I planted some tomatoes today! And, I did my very first video for any newbies out there that don’t know how. That’s what I do in my spare time. For fun.
Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU_f_wJJUZU
and whistling a little.) I’m trying to patiently wait for the weather to stay above the 30′s at night. Wednesday and Thursday night it says it’s supposed to be 38 and 39 degrees and that’s a not so good temperature for my tomato seedlings so I will keep them safely indoors at night for a little while longer. In the meantime I had my boys rip out my beautifully blooming and going to seed rapini plants, which got to be a little over 5 ft. tall. There were hundreds of bees and a few butterflies that meandered through the beautiful yellow flowers over the past month. I will definitely plant them again, mostly for their flowers. Did you know that a small little bunch of rapini sells for $3.99 for a little bunch at Sprouts? I was surprised. Ha! and I let so many go to seed.
My next post will be about planting my tomatoes!!!!
One of my animal friends took it upon himself to harvest this one.
That was so good. I made a recipe from my big new Cooks Illustrated cookbook from Costco. I’m thinking it’s copyrighted so I can’t give the recipe, but oh my, it was so good. Think of pan sauteed cauliflower and broccoli with a really good satay sauce poured over at the end and simmered for a couple of minutes. I didn’t share.