Katie, Katie, quite contrary…
How does your garden grow?
It grows ok. My maiden voyage into the world of gardening is not one that is exciting. It’s about as heart-palpitating as watching tomatoes grow. In fact, it’s exactly like that.
My grandfather always had a garden – still does. And he grows these tomatoes that are as big as a newborns head. I would not want to birth one of those bad boys…on a less disgusting visual note, they are delicious. Big, juicy, full of flavor. Just the thought has me jonesing for a tomato sandwich. with just a smidge of mayo and a little salt and pepper. ooooh….it’s like if Brangelina’s baby married the offspring of Posh & Mr. McUnderwears…and their baby, affectionately named Awesome, was raised by Mother Theresa and P.Diddy…that’s how amazing they are. Pappap must have a secret.
Anyhoo…so ever since I was little, I would love to go out there and pretend the garden was mine. And then this year, we actually have enough space to set aside plots for a garden.
I decided that I would handle raised beds and I chose to have it on the front side yard because 1. it has good drainage and gets full sun and 2. because it puts me closer to our neighbors grape bushes and they said we could eat as many as we could want…and you know with me and free stuff…moth & flame…and 3. because it is closer to the front door and I would like to burn as least number of calories as possible…aka I’m lazy like that.
Now for the fun part…watching Jeremy dig.
I could watch that man in those jeans all.day.long. Insert some kinda gutteral noise here. numerous times.
Jer Bear showed me this technique to pull the grass out. I literally called him a genius three times for this. It doesn’t take much to impress me.
Basically all you do is take short jabs right under the grass…really close together…and then just peel the grass back. It’s genius I tell ya. GENIUS.
After all the oogling…I mean, digging was done, my darling boyfriend made sure the plot was big enough for the bed.
Then he dragged some free wood from the burn pile next door (I know…free wood and free grapes…I live in luxury!) to frame out the garden entirely.
After the frame was in, we mixed in some new soil and I put my little plants in the ground. I did two types of tomatoes, red, green, and yellow peppers, jalapenos, squash, cucumbers, rosemary and basil.
I was so proud just to get the stuff in the ground. I honestly didn’t know if they would even survive. And then I realized we had a couple problems. The first was critters…namely Will. Of course deer would probably eat everything Will tore outta the ground…so I knew we needed some kinda fence.
I also realized that my bed was too big for my britches….as in too many plants, not enough space.
So Jeremy had to do some more digging. in those jeans. darn
and then the next day, he put up a fence around the whole thing.
I also took the time to move some of the plants over to the other plot. And there you have it – our garden.
About a month later, we actually saw some notable growth. Everything seemed to be going well until the summer really hit hard. And I told you that we live in the valley of the shadow of drought…it’s true. No rains. So my little garden suffered some losses.
Now it looks like this. The squash and cucumbers totally died off. Everything else is alright…including my weeds…which look like they are ready for harvesting
I have enjoyed the fresh tomatoes and herbs though…
The little tomatoes line my kitchen window sill waiting for me to check for readiness. And these are tiny little boogers – supposed to be roma tomotoes – but they look more like big squished cherry tomotoes…must have been due to the lack of rain.
But I don’t mind the size – especially when they taste so good on everything.
So how’s your garden growing? Oh and a question for the more experienced gardener…is there something I should be planting now? I am new here, ya know. Oh heck…maybe I should just call Pappap