“Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors.” – Oscar de la Renta
I, too, truly believe that gardening is an art. While it can can be quite simple to grow leafy vegetables, some of the other kitchen staples can be a bit more challenging and, thus, need nurturing. We had no idea how much went into it; balancing of pH levels, vegetable pairing, fertilizing, pests, etc. Our Garden has been off to a rough start this year. As I have previously mentioned, we’ve had an unusually large amount of rain and very few sunny days. Not exactly prime conditions for gardening. In addition to the weather, we’re running into soil problems, white fly, and snails…
Despite the unfortunate weather conditions, we are beginning to see the light! Our lettuce, kale and arugula have produced large crops, as they prefer partial sunlight anyway. The beets, peas and squash are starting to come around too, and we should hopefully be able to enjoy them soon. Now, if we could just get our beloved heirloom tomatoes to start producing…
Congratulations to Danielle Jalbert on winning the Flowers In May giveaway!!
Our garden has been producing like crazy lately. We’ve added a couple more raised bed planters so we are able to start growing a lot more now. I am hoping to get some winter squash started, so that it will be ready by the time the fall rolls around. Nothing like a little butternut and acorn squash with brown sugar….
If you’re nice to us and we like you, you might get something like this…..
One of the many projects we have been trying to tackle is building a small patio garden. I started sowing seeds within about a week of moving in, and they went nuts, germinating within a few days! So Tim built a raised bed planter, and we got some old whiskey barrels and pots to plant everything in. We had no idea how much time and effort goes into even the smallest of gardens. I did a lot of research on which vegetables grow best in our climate (luckily that’s pretty much everything) and how to plant accordingly, north to south, vegetable pairings, etc. There were so many options of what to plant, but we ended up growing vegetables that would allow for us to have fresh salads (and more) each week. Here’s what we have growing:
Romaine, bronze leaf, loose leaf lettuce. Green onions, chives, white cooking onions. Spinach, zucchini, cucumbers, hmmmm oh yes, bell peppers and chili’s. Heirloom, beefsteak and cherry tomatoes. I think that’s about it. In addition to the mandarin oranges, lemons, and another type of orange tree that were already here when we moved in.
It’s been a lot of work and I find myself to be a slave to the garden every day. I also have more seeds germinating so I am constantly hovering over them to make sure they grow well. We are working towards a drip system, and it’s installed, just have a few kinks to work out. So I have been watering by hand everyday………….. Here are a few picks!