Wow! My garden is growing beautifully! It really is so amazing to me. I was pretty sure I didn’t have much of a green thumb. I have been known to kill potted pants, as well as flowers in my flower beds in the past. But, the great thing is that garden plants grow without a ton of work on my part. Granted, I don’t have a very big garden, but so far, it has not at all been overwhelming to me.
I try to get out and water if it’s been a day or two without rain or if it’s been really hot. Luckily we’ve had a LOT of rain the last few weeks, but now it’s hot, so I have to make sure I stay on top of it. Kaelyn loves to fill up her watering can and help me water the plants though, so it’s nice to bring the kids out with me and be able to do it together.
Weeding hasn’t been a big issue either. I try to week a little bit here and there as I see things coming up. There’s one area that I’m avoiding weeding right now because I planted a few zucchini plants, and I’m not sure if they have come up yet or not, and I don’t want to weed out my plants! 🙂
I’ve also been able to harvest some lettuce, spinach and cilantro, Yum! It’s so fun to go out and grab a bunch of greens and come in and make a salad. Or use fresh cilantro in recipes for a little extra zip It makes me excited for the yummy veggies that are still to come.
Since my first garden post, I planted my square foot garden, that my wonderful hubby made for me, with two rows of sugar snap peas, two rows of carrots, two chocolate (brown) pepper plants, and two zucchini seeds. In my side garden I planted a basil plant, and three zucchini seeds, as well as some marigold seeds and some onions to hopefully help keep the critters away.
I haven’t had any more trouble with anything eating my lettuce, except it looks like I have some little bugs eating holes in both the lettuce and spinach. Any suggestions for how to get rid of bugs? I’m trying to keep my garden organic, so if you have natural pest remedies please share! I also planted another tomato plant, four cherry tomato plants, a red peper plant and two more chocolate pepper plants in my front yard garden area.
I’m a little concerned about the front yard garden with my tomatoes and peppers. They don’t seem to be growing very well. I realized that I just planted them right in the soil that was there, not adding any compost or garden top soil like we did in the back yard gardens. Also, there is a big ground cover type weed in our front garden bed that keeps showing up and multiplying even thought I keep pulling it and trying to dig it out. I’m hoping that the weed isn’t somehow choking out the garden plants. I am considering trying to transplant my tomatoes and peppers into either some large containers, or getting my hubby to make me a raised bed for the front that I can plant them it. I’m a little nervous that I might kill them in the process, but I’m also nervous that they might not do as well as I hoped. Also, Is there such a thing as too much sun for garden veggies? Our front yard gets full sun all day long, 8 or 9+ hours of direct sunlight. Is maybe that too much? I’d love any suggestions that you seasoned gardeners out there might have for me!
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Alright, I’m off to go tend to my garden, I’ve got some watering and weeding to do!
How is your garden growing? Have you been able to harvest anything yet?
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Glad to hear that the gardening is going well! Sorry to hear the tomato and peppers aren't doing well – I've always had a hard time getting good pepper plants. But, I don't think it could be too much sun – either try to fertilize or transplant. And as far as an natural pest remedy, we tried one last year that didn't work, so no suggestions here. Hope you find something!