Thursday, August 4, 2016
When I've run out of excuses
Well, it has happened. . . . I have run out of excuses as to why I've not been posting and keeping you updated on my blog. Somehow each day I vow to sit down and journal the happenings of our day and the next thing I know, life has taken over and it's been weeks, months and possibly even a year since the last time I posted something.
Our garden was planted over Memorial Day weekend. I wish I could remember if that is early or late for us. I did check back on my garden journal and see that each year we've planted a different weekend. I believe that is the best advise I can give to new gardeners - keep a garden journal. Not only should you write down your successes, but also your failures and everything inbetween. When gardening, a gardener can use all the help possible to navigate through the uncertain journey from year to year. It's one way you can remember the years that you've had to replant carrots, not once, not twice, but three times before you gave in to the dreaded slugs that demolished them each time the precious carrot sprouts came up. And be sure to record each and every attempt to thwart those evil slugs, with Sluggo, diatomaceous earth, crushed egg shells, wood ash and then finally giving up and drinking the beer that should have gone into a bowl for them to drown in!
Our house has been in complete utter chaos since last September when our upstairs toilet overflowed and turned our house upside down after having half of the downstairs drywall and flooring removed because of mold. Out of this extensive remodel we moved our front door, gutted our existing kitchen, moved and expanded our downstairs bath, and created the Shangri-La of all laundry rooms for momma. My favorite part of the remodel was taking the old (plastic) claw foot tub and putting it into our garden as my new strawberry bed. Who makes a claw foot tub out of plastic anyway - Really? The thing never held any heat and was totally uncomfortable to sit in. The tub has now earned it's weight in gold, well, actually red gold - we harvested at least two pounds of strawberries from it and all the plants were new. Enough said!
So back to the garden. . . I planted the basics this year, lettuce, spinach, radish, kale, onions, carrots (not so successful here), broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, beans (I tried purple bush beans), potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins and cucumbers. Some of the exotic plants we tried were purple peppers and cayenne peppers. There are two main reasons I call these plants exotic. One, because we have never tried to grow them before and two, because we had lost our minds when we bought them, knowing full well our temperate coastal climate was not ideal for them I was too embarrassed to post a picture of the pepper plants because they are so pitiful in the garden space.
Harvest up to now has consisted of strawberries, blueberries, lettuce, spinach, radishes, kale, four cucumbers, four zucchini, a dozen or so carrots that Abby and the General Manager planted, several gigantic onions and one cherry tomato. It really brings me joy to be able to eat out of our garden and to eliminate some of our grocery costs. For very little money in buying seeds, a couple bags of lime and a rather large bottle of Sluggo, it is so satisfying to be able to eat healthy foods from our garden and not wonder about where it came from or what it went through to get to our table.
I hope you have a great week and if you want to see more posts, please be sure to leave me a comment on what you'd like to be updated on.