Garden Fresh

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We planted a garden a couple months back, I would say as a little family activity/therapy together. It’s (mostly) 70% my dad, 20% my brother, and 10% the rest of us. But it’s 100% good for us and something we are all benefitting from in one way or another. Be it physically, emotionally, or nutritionally. The Count will actually eat Sweet 100 tomatoes whereas he does not normally like tomatoes! So, it’s already a success to me. :) Well that and the fact that we eat green onions, lettuce, and tomatoes out of it on a daily basis. We did do this once before but our hearts weren’t in it and it wasn’t that successful.

Our process was this: we bought some seedlings from the nursery, we also grew some of our own seedlings (below – but weren’t the most successful with those), and some we just grew from seed right in the ground and were very (slowly) successful. We used many different types of soil, mulch, and our own compost we’ve been working on for many years and compost tea that we made using our compost. Our process has been trial and error. Lots of Google research. Many hours of YouTube videos.

Basically we’re learning but in the process our garden has taken off and we are filled with excitement and already thinking about the next growing season! So much to learn. And Finn loves it! He goes out with us and helps pick tomatoes off of our many plants. We’re trying to teach him to only pick the red and yellow ones and to leave the green ones, though.

Things that have been successful: lettuce, green onions, yellow onions, tomatoes, thai peppers, squash, zucchini, carrots, basil, parsley, and spearmint.

Things that are doing good but have yet to bare any fruit: cucumbers, cantaloupe, broccoli, corn, bell peppers, watermelon, and jalapeños.

Things that have struggled: strawberries (I’d almost call them a failure but they’re hanging on!) and peppermint (but are better now!).

Things that have failed: peas, big boy tomatoes and marigolds.

These are mostly old pics but I’ve tried to take you through from the beginning. The tomatoes and squash plants grow very fast so you will see the most progress from them in the pics. We also have a potted garden on our patio and around our pool of many different types of hibiscus, succulents, and other ground plants that my mom is working on. I have so many pics of all of the individual plants but will save those for a later post maybe.

garden_2garden_3garden_1garden_5garden_6garden_7This isn’t even what the garden looks like today but I don’t have a real clear picture of it (it was dark the last time I took pics) and now my dad has added a tomato cage to tame those suckers. I can’t wait to update you again. Happy gardening!