Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Gardening... if that's what you want to call it

**While writing this post I realized I have a tendency to start sentences with the word "so," so I had to make a very conscious effort to not do it with this one, well I actually did but then I went back and edited the first sentence a long with many others throughout this post so they wouldn't all say "so..." I'll add a "*" wherever I took out a "so."
*When Steve and I moved into this house a couple months ago we were really excited because it was spring and our backyard has a garden! How wonderful!! So one day we had some time off together and headed to Home Depot. After some calls to consult my mom about seed brands and what tomato breeds are best and talking with the nice lady in the garden department, one hundred dollars later we came out of there with a whole bunch of seed packs, a shovel, a hummingbird feeder, some manure, and a couple of those peat pellet trays so we could start our seeds indoors. *After another week or two we finally started our seeds indoors and they grew! They all grew quite nicely except for the peas, only a couple of those worked. *A few weeks later we decided we would finally stop procrastinating and when we had an evening together we went outside and planted all of our little plants with their peat pellets. We planted about 32 tomatoes (4 different types) and about 8 plants of everything else: peas, green beans, 2 types of onions, 3 different types of peppers, and I can't really remember what else. A couple of days later something dug up and ate all of our little onions, the peppers, and the peas too, so I replanted the peas and Steve replanted the peppers. The peas all grew again and once again something ate off all the leaves and then they kinda just shriveled up and died. So did everything else. What we have remaining in our garden is a green bean plant, a pumpkin, and two random plants I think are maybe green beans too, not sure yet. Everything else died or got eaten! Sad. Today I went out into my depressing little garden to take pictures to prove the sadness of the whole thing. I guess we will still be getting our produce from the grocery store, and my green thumb will just work indoors for houseplants I guess.
This first picture was peppers at the bottom of the picture and then tomatoes at the top, all along the little wall.
This second picture is the two random plants that I can't tell what they are yet, but I think we planted them... Green beans??
This third picture was three different types of bell peppers at the bottom, then two rows of onions, then the peas were at the bottom of the green netting. On the other side of the netting was green beans and then pumpkins, we have one of each of those alive still.
Our one surviving green bean plant. We got really excited one day because it had blossoms on it and we were excited to have some actual results from the garden; the next day we went to check on it again and something ate the flowers... :(
Our little pumpkin plant, it hasn't grown very much, but it hasn't died either!! The pumpkin is those little ornamental ones, I think we got white ones, but I can't remember.

4 comments:

Leserlee said...

Sad. I wish I could say that something was eating my tomatoes and that's why they are dead or dying, but really it's because I'm a terrible gardener. People think that because I'm a Master Gardener I must have an amazing green thumb. And that's probably what they think when they look at my front yard. But my garden and house plants, yeah, they need help. Maybe I should fertilize once a year or so.

CM Stephensen said...

awe Kari... don't give up yet!! It just takes practice.

dacjohns said...

It doesn't seem like we are having much luck with our gardens this year. Hopefully things will change. It sure can't get much worse.

Kaycei said...

My tomatoes are mostly beautiful. They are big, and mostly green. But a bunch of leaves are turning yellow.... I did grow them from seed, so I'm very proud of them.
The peppers aren't doing as good. The store bought peppers are blooming though.