A Day in the Life

my poor, poor garden

So, remember this post? (about my garden). Ever wonder how it went? Well… let’s just say I’m not really that good at growing things. Well, I take that back. I grow things, but it’s usually on accident. Somehow things grow, even with my negligence. For instance, I have a plant in my kitchen that probably only gets watered once a month… but it’s still alive. perhaps not thriving (because I don’t think it’s really growing) but it’s green. And it looks healthy. And it’s not just plants. When I was 14, we had this fish. There wasn’t anywhere to put it in our house, so I got to keep it in my room. And I was in charge of feeding it. Poor thing. I meant to, I swear. I wasn’t negligent on purpose! But that fish only got fed about once a week. And the thing lived! for a whole year. And then we moved and it (“mysteriously”) didn’t follow us. I did feed the cats, though. Didn’t neglect them. … and they died. hm…. I’m starting to worry about my sweet child…

Anyway, better get back to my garden… like I say, I didn’t do to well with it. But I knew I’d be busy this summer, and I didn’t have any high hopes for it, because, lets face it, I was proud of myself just for PLANTING it! I didn’t think anything would actually GROW!

But it did, and I showed off my pics. And then the peas were ripe for picking right as I headed up home for Jake and Sarah’s (My bro and now-sis) wedding. So they didn’t get picked. And same with the Green beans. I picked ’em when we got back, but they were all over-ripe, hard, and wrinkly. Mom calls ’em grandpas, but they were more like great-grandpas. So, no peas, and about a serving of green beans were salvageable. We had TONS of lettuce. TONS. Problem was, we also had TONS of nasty disgusting earwigs IN the lettuce (the lettuce was fine, just washed REALLY well. And the earwigs met their demise. As for beets and carrots?

This is it. The biggest carrot’s about 3 1/2 inches. (there are more carrots than what shows up, they’re just on the bottom.) And the biggest beet’s about 2″ in diameter. Maybe 3. And this is our ONE squash. It’s supposed to be a summer squash, I think, but I just barely picked it. It’s tiny. OK, not bad. Normal, even. But Compared to the HONKIN’ zucchini and squash I’ve been given, it looks kinda pitiful.

The cucumbers never grew. The bugs ate the starts, and they never grew after that. And the peppers never even sprouted. Neither did the onions. Probably too cold. Or not enough sunshine. And the radishes grew… they just went to seed before they ever got bulbs.

Here are our pumpkins. They’re still green. But It’s freezing now, so we’ve decided to let them ripen in our house. The one didn’t like it’s stem… oops.

as for our tomatoes? well, they’re still on the vine. I’ve been covering them every night. I should probably just pick them and let them ripen in the house, too. but they’re all still green. Mom says pull the whole plant up and bring them in to let them ripen, but I’m leary of that… I’m sure she’s right, I just don’t want to.
so my notes to self: next year, plant sooner. And actually WATER the garden! (I’m a genius. To think, it took a whole summer to come up with that…) And if I have a wedding, either pick the garden BEFOREHAND or have someone else pick it for me. And I’m not starting my tomatoes outside. I’m gonna either start ’em in the house, or buy the starts. And probably the same for the peppers. And I’m not gonna plant so much lettuce. maybe more beats, instead. because I didnt even have enough to bottle. Course, if they GREW, maybe there would have been enough… Also, I liked the Ruby Queen beets over the Detroit Dark Red, because they actually bulbed, instead of staying like straight sticks. I liked the combo of both lettuces together, so I’ll still plant both of them next year.
Oh, and next year, don’t let the Priests mow over my rhubarb. That’s on the list, too. ;c)

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