Each year we are expanding our garden a little more. We don’t put much in the actual ground, but have been using containers or DIY earth boxes with pretty awesome success. (Our soil here suuuuucks. All clay and rock, just crappy. And we plan on moving soon, so I don’t care to even attempt to fix what we currently have.)
This year, for the first time, we decided to start a lot of our seeds off inside. The jury is still out on that, but I will say, the plants started inside seem a wee bit too wussy for outdoor life. They are fragile and weak, and lose their will to live either during the hardening process, or soon after transplanting outside. Annoying.
Now, the seeds we just throw on the ground and throw some dirt on?
Well, they are thriving. Go figure. That is one of our pumpkin mounds right there. I had started quite a few inside, but they just didn’t have what it took for the tough suburban lifestyle. Pffffft!
This is an earth box with what was two teeny tiny little cucumber plants. That was about two weeks ago, before they decided to hulk out in their new home. I haven’t seen any flowers yet, but they are very quickly growing up the trellis and stretching their leaves claiming every little bit of sun that they can.
The tomatoes have exploded! And as you can see here, they are very quickly ripening! I found my first ripe cherry tomato the other day, but I very quickly devoured that little guy. Hey, I had to taste test for quality assurance reasons! It was delicious, in case you were wondering. Nothing tastes as good as home grown!
This big guy is my first ripe poblano pepper! Chili rellanos anyone? I am freezing it so that I can cook up a nice big batch once the rest of them have ripened.
Which, as you can see, won’t be too terribly long.
At the beginning of the season, we went nuts buying seeds of all sorts of goodies that we wanted to grow ourselves. Here’s a tip. If you decide to grow your own fruits and veggies from seed, read the package first. We have a large handful of awesome things we won’t be able to grow until next year because we got them too late in the season. Snow peas, for example, need to be started in the winter. Literally, they are snow peas. Who knew? Well, we all know now, don’t we? And really, I have had so much more luck with growing things straight in the ground or in the pots outside. The plants get too spoiled inside and just don’t do well. Yes, I am hardening them. Yes, I protect them from the wind and sun. I have studied everything I can possibly find on hardening plants. Seems they prefer the tough love, which incidentally is a whole heck of a lot easier!
So there is my garden update. I’m sure the pumpkins will soon be taking over our entire yard. The neighbors love that. Well, they don’t mind so much at the end of the season when we chop it all down and give them home made pumpkin bread. Who can be mad with a delicious home made treat?