The passage of time in our marriage could be marked by failed attempts at vegetable gardening. So far, that's FOUR failed attempts. Lack of sun. Poor soil. Lack of water...basically, user error.
Until this year. Our fifth year. This year, I'm a gardener.
Mr. F built a raised bed for me and we have two friends that are professional organic vegetable gardeners. So, basically because of them, I've developed a sort of Cliff's Notes approach to organic gardening. The garden spot selected will get enough sun and is within reach of the hose. The soil mixture is ideal.
A hearty "much obliged" to the people who know what they are doing and are happy to share.
My new gardening mantra: nitrogen for nice leaves and phosphorus for fruit
|First came zucchini. I've picked at least one a day for the past month. I've "gifted" several to my co-workers. These are great for Farmer's Market Flatbread Pizzas or Crustless Quiche.|
|Forearm-sized zucchini. I've learned to look underneath ALL the leaves of the plant. |
I'll be giving this one to my mom. She'll be so proud.
|Crook neck squash showed up next. They're kind of quirky with all of their bumpy-ish-ness.|
These are great sliced, steamed, and sprinkled with salt, pepper, and shaved parmesan cheese.
|I have three varieties of cherry tomatoes. This beauty is the first to present itself. |
I learned that tomatoes take their sweet time and the plants are HEAVY.
I pop these suckers like candy but I'm also looking forward to making salsa,
throwing them in salads, and using them on Farmer's Market Flatbread Pizzas.
|I forgot what variety these peppers are. I also have cherry bomb, jalapeno, and bell pepper plants.|
Fajitas, salads, salsas, jalapeno margaritas for Mr. F....can't wait.
|The carrots were an experiment and have turned out OK. They're cute little things.|
I only planted a few, and they've already been eaten. They could have used a few more
weeks in the ground, but there are a few left in the garden. We'll see how it goes.
I've been keeping a journal that I can reference next year and hope to try a few more things next year. Potatoes. Onions. Strawberries.
Dumb luck won't get me through lettuce or herbs, so I'm thankful for the local farmer's market!