Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Natures Bounty

Having a black thumb is not a good thing, especially when you are married to a former farmer. P grew up on a farm, and can grow pretty much anything. Before getting married the only think I ever grew was leg hair. One guess as to who had the better skill set.

Since marrying P however, I have become quite the urban gardner. We decided to make this year's garden the tester. This is our first spring in our home, and we were not sure what the soil would be like, and how the plants would respond to this environment. So far, things have turned out really well.
We currently have squash, broccoli, spinach, bell peppers, jalapenos, several types of tomatoes, onions and tons of herbs growing.
This year's garden. We did a mix of mounds, a small raised bed, and rows.

This is the cauliflower. Its taken this guy a long time to grow, but he is lookin' yummy!

All the onions picked right out of the ground.

Onions after an extreme home makeover.

Lots of different kinds of tomatoes.

Lots of herbs. I cut them, gave 'um a rough chop, and the froze them in oil to have fresh herbs to use in our meals. Thank you Pinterest for the idea.

For such a small space, the garden is looking really good. We have been blessed with so much rain this year. We are in a major drought down here, so the rain is much needed and greatly appreciated. I think we have had more rain so far this year than we have had in the past 2 years combined. No joke on that one.
My mom told me El Nino moved or started dating La Nina or something. Sometimes she lies to get me off her back. Growing up, I found out about the starving kids in Africa, so I often offered to send them my left overs after dinner, usually when it was something I didn't like. She told me every night that she would pack it up and ship it off, though I don't recall a nightly visit from the UPS man. Strangely enough, I never realized I was eating the same meal 3 nights in a row either. I don't know which is worse, her lying, or my third grade self being super dumb. So you see why I am skeptical of her explanation.
Given the rain, our garden is looking great. I decided that I want to make tomato sauce and can it later this summer once the tomatoes are ready for picking. That could turn out really fun, or me sitting in the middle of the kitchen crying while P tries to salvage my project. He is pretty cool like that.
Talk to me: How does your garden grow, Mary?


Lena said...

Your garden is doing awesome! We planted 10 tomatoes this year, all different kinds. I can't wait for our own fresh produce. So far we only got peas and green onions :)

M. at Making Sense of Cents said...

We have bought a lot of plants recently and none have died... so far at least. I am shocked!

Sarah Kopf said...

Your garden is doing great!

We don't have a backyard currently- as it's totally under construction. Read: We ripped it up and reseeded. Maybe next year... :(


Jeano said...

My garden absolutely does not grow. The one time I successfully grew something, I grew a bean plant in the greenhouse at school (I randomly got placed in a botany class because I needed another science credit). I brought it home, tried to plant one of its beans so it would grow into a new bean plant, and not only did my new bean not flourish, but my old bean plant died! That was the end of that nonsense.

Denise said...

it looks awesome!! I am so proud of you. Fresh produce taste so much better

lesley: the dream tree said...

oh, how cool! that's so neat to see veggies grow that you have planted! i have a green thumb for indoor plants, but not for a garden. maybe one day.

Brooke said...

yummy garden!! we don't grow anything, but my parents do and we snag their veggie leftovers