Monday, July 17, 2006

Sing with me now... "E-I-E-I-O!!"

This is my garden and although it doesn't look like much, I am SO PROUD of it!! Ya see, I was not born with a green thumb. My thumb is as far from green as it can be. I have yet to grow anything that lived besides 5 children. My dad once gave me an ivy. He said, "For this to die you would actually have to try to kill it." Well, Rest in Peace little Ivy. I also had a flower bed in Texas that the sun burnt to death. Apparently you're suppose to water it daily. A lot of things don't grow well in Texas, but considering it is famous for it's wild flowers... I'm assuming flowers usually grow ok in the Lone Star State. This year I decided I would give a garden a try. Things seem to grow more easily up here as long as you plant them at the "right time." Well, I planted them mid-May and I'm thinkin' I did it about right. I planted a lot of things because I have no idea what I'm doing and figured "The more I plant, the more likely something will grow..." I planted onions, corn, beans, watermelon, cantelope, strawberries, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and carrots. Ok- I'm pretty sure Taj drown my poor carrots. Next year I will start them out in a garden box rather than in the big garden. The watermelon, cucumbers, cantelopes and beans all looked great and then one morning I came out to water the garden and something (maybe a rabbit?) had eaten all of their leaves!! I was so upset. But the watermelon, cucumbers and beans have recovered nicely. The cantelope, on the otherhand, are still little stalks with no leaves. The strawberry plants look nice, but have yet to produce any strawberries. That bums me out because that was the main food I was hoping to produce. Maybe next year... So far we have picked 3 cherry tomatoes with tons more turning orange as I type this. What's funny is that I didn't realize I was growing cherry tomatoes until they never got big. I have 2 tomato plants and I think the other one is the big tomatoes. I'm a dork. The corn is starting to look like it's going to produce corn and same with the beans. If you are an expert gardener (which is basically anyone besides me) any advice would be nice so next year I'll have a better idea of what I'm doing. :)


The garden


The corn

Beans

Prize winning Tomatoes!!!!

8 comments:

Tyler and Ruth said...

aw man...i sure wish we had a garden this year. i had such high aspirations of tomatoes and zucchini. but it wasn't meant to be. i'm not really a green thumb either, so you will have to pass on all the advice you learn to ME.

Gina said...

No advice from me... I am the same... plant everything and see what survives! We had no luck with corn last year (from seed) but this year our little plants grew and we are gonna be enjoy corn very soon!

Next year you'll have strawberries... the first year is always slim if anything because their season is so early. They will multiply next year too!

s--max said...

Look at u go!!! How cute r u?!!

Robin said...

You should've planted zuchinni, they are easy and each plant produces tons, I think they were my favorite. Lookin good though. I miss you too.

Tori :) said...

Several people have told me to try zucchini. I'm assuming it's too late to add it now, so I will try that next year for sure!

~j. said...

Awesome, Tori. We haven't been able to have any sort of success with a garden since we've been in our house. We did have that piddly excuse for a garden at the apartment... Oh well. It at least gave me what I needed for some good salsa: tomatoes, cilantro, and onions.


mmmm...salsa...

Tori :) said...

~j. - I do remember your salsa!! Yum! I haven't been very successful with my onions. :(

Nettie said...

Yay garden! And I must say, after years of trying, I've never had corn look that good. It doesn't like me. Just you!