It’s round two for the Bower garden. Let’s raise our tomato stakes to toast organic gardening!
Last year was our first year for planting a garden. We have a great slice of yard in the front that is hidden from the driveway and the front exterior by some large bushes (those purpley ones on the left corner below)…and I was THRILLED to be able to plant a little happy garden last year.
By the time the end of the summer rolled around, our tomoto plants took off…as did the rosemary and basil…and the peppers did okay. Everything else? Um notsomuch.
Yeah – maybe I was overbearing….or maybe I was just plain unlucky with pests…but either way, the squash were literally squashed the first month…and the cucumbers? They were like a cast member of Jersey Shore in front of Donald Trump. They didn’t last a week.
So this year, I was determined to try some things again and to switch up a little to see if other plants did better.
In late January, the garden was looking a little, um, dead. Except for the rosemary. It survived. It thrived. It did yoga on the weekends just to show off.
And now, after tilling, resoiling, turning, planting and waiting patiently as I stared at the plants wishing them good growth…it looks a little like this:
Above from L to R: Yellow Squash, Red peppers, strawberrys, and the rosemary transplanted from last year. Dead bush in the corner – another rosemary. Rosemary’s baby if you will.
The other side has four tomato plants (one big boy, one roma, one cherry, one deceased and dining with Jesus), along the back is a ton of basil, and the two in front are jalapenos. I also planted two green peppers in the front right corner, but over-zealous Katie put them out too early and the last frost got them. Surprisingly, they also got all the tomatos and jalapenos but they CAME BACK.
So I’m definitely thrilled…and still considering throwing some green peppers in there, as well as one more tomato plant and one more herby type plant for beside the rosemary. May isn’t too late, right?!
And just as far as dreaming goes – I asked Jer to build me a nicer fence (the one above works great against the numerous deer and other critters we get, but it’s a pig in need of lipstick, if you know what I mean.) and I also asked for two more beds….BUT with him going back to the office and having limited time here, I decided that I would fulfill my need to put plants in the ground by planting three blueberry bushes instead.
Ideally, one day, like say maybe 2043, I will have a giant garden. One that has wider pea gravel paths and six beds for all sorts of deliciousness. It’ll have a nice fence with plantings and flowers around it so that it looks like it’s been there forever. I would also love for there to be a nearby grape vines (maybe muscadines too since we are in the south afterall) and a beautiful chicken coop with a couple hens named after famous people. That way, when I’m yelling at the chickens, it’ll put a smile on my face….afterall, who wouldn’t want to tell celebrities to “come eat”, amen?!
What would your dream garden have? Have you been planting this year? My dad decided that this would be his “Year of the Tomato”….he’s got six pots in his backyard with Big Boys. Which is kinda hilarious because I think that the only thing my dad ever grew was a chest full of hair. But he told me that they are showing fruit already – so it just goes to show that anyone can do this crazy thing called gardening