Saturday, May 17, 2014

Adventures in Gardening

    So, I don't have a green thumb, but I like to think I do.  I pretend that it was passed down to me from my grandma on my mom's side who is good at all the things I wish I was.  Her name is Lucille and she can paint, sew, and make the world's best popcorn (in my opinion). 
    I remember helping my grandma when I was four or five dropping tiny seeds in a long row and then covering them with dirt.  The garden was big but the only vegetable I remember is corn. 
    Sitting on the back door cement slab in an old aluminum folding chair I shucked corn. The sun warmed my head as I tried to get every silky hair from the kernals. The finished ears went in a big plastic bowl and their casings went into a Meijer plastic bag (Now that I think about it, I remember snapping the ends off of green beans in much the same way).
    A few years ago I thought, let's have a garden.  So we cleared out a good size part of our back yard and planted tomatoes, bush beans, peas, carrots, eggplant, basil, jalapeƱos, and cucumbers.  In my mind I was imagining using my newly acquired canning skills and making our own salsa and spaghetti sauce and pickles.
    But it turned out that our back yard didn't get as much sun as we thought and we hardly got anything to eat. Also I didn't account for the cute little bunny that ate all my peas and carrots or the snake that liked to hang out and scare the crap out of me.  I'm not going to lie, it was pretty discouraging to spend all that time and effort (not to mention money) for nothing.
    The next year was spent learning about growing vegetables and scouring over Pinterest pins on container gardening and when to plant guides.  I found though that the best advice came from our grand parents generation, when if your garden failed you didn't eat.
    Armed with newly found knowledge and excitement I decided to give gardening another try.  This time my husband suggested we plant our vegetables in planters (my wonderful mother-in-law gave us 3) and place them in the front yard where there is more sun.  We thought it was too late to grow from seeds so we cheated and bought tiny three inch plants from Lowes. We chose two tomatoes and two summer squash.  While we were there we also grabbed some fertilizer and soil.
     Fast forward three weeks and look how much the plants have grown.  So far I have only fertilized them once and they are getting plenty of sun and water (it's been raining a lot!).
Tomato 1 and 2