Monday, March 8, 2010

12 Days until Spring!!!

Above you will find a picture of one of our gardens. Time did not permit me to upload more pictures for today's post, but I will later. This year I am a little bummed about my plans for our garden for 2010. Whatever we grow will have to be in pots or something that will move well as we will be in transition. Last year we planted strawberries (YUM!!!); but they don't fruit until this year in June. Raymond says we are going to dig every plant up and replant them where ever our place of residence will be in Arkansas. Sounds like work, but it will be worth it. (Right now I am thinking of all the things I will be able to make with my strawberries!!!)

The first year we planted a garden I grew just about everything I could get my hands on - watermelon (didn't work - picked a variety that was too big for the space I have), peppers, tomatoes, squash, okra, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, many different varieties of flowers (they attract bees, which pollinate your fruit and veggies), vegetable spaghetti (aka winter squash), broccoli, etc. (You get the idea). I really didn't know what I was doing, but I would plant something, then get so excited when I would see it growing that I would plant something else.

Last year (our second year) I stuck to things that I had a lot of success with in the previous year, or things that disappeared quickly from the freezer. We had a great crop of cucumbers, so I made a lot of pickles and some relish. We planted a hybrid version of watermelon (much smaller in diameter), cantaloupe, some strawberries, and onions. Everything turned out great; but Aaliyah came right in the middle of June so the garden was put on the back burner for a while.

This year I have big plans! I will plant a garden that will be harvested in the fall instead of the summer. I will post how things go and any tips and tricks as we learn them.

Dreaming of homegrown tomatoes,

Tinyla Charice


raising3princesses said...

Tiny, It never ceases to amaze me how our minds always think alike!!!!

While you were blogging about gardening today...guess what I was making my girls help me do? Plant green beans, sweet corn, broccoli, and carrots seeds! I also had one of our church ladies give me a whole bag of plants to put in my yard, so we worked on that this morning too! Josh bought me a strawberry plant a few weeks ago from a man selling them on the street. We were so excited to see that it has 2 little strawberry's growing on it yesterday...although the girls were kinda disappointed that they were green! Love you so much, Maria

Anonymous said...

WOW! This morning Aly and I - with a little "help" from Niki - were re-potting some indoor plants and I was dreaming about our garden this year. Tip #1 - Be sure to put something up so the birds don't eat all your strawberries. Tip #2 - If you know anyone with a fish tank, be sure to get some water from them when they clean their tank. We had a pepper plant that was practically dead. I read about this on the internet so I tried it out. Last year our pepper plants grew to about 1.5 feet. This year (even the practically dead one) grew to about 2.5 feet and we are still eating peppers from it!


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