garden glimpses :: late july 2011
If you were to look through our Google search engine history, you would find more about the topic of gardening than any other subject this summer. You see, Joe and I are not gardeners. We are absolutely nowhere close to having green thumbs. Years ago, Joe even suggested that we shouldn’t start a family until we could learn how to keep our house plants alive. (Ohhhh, you water them…I get it now!)
To further my point, I even called my grandpa in Mississippi to ask him what we should do about “all those pesky little yellow flowers budding off our tomato plants!” To my embarrassing surprise, those pesky little yellow flowers become our tomatoes. Good grief!
However, that did not stop us from plowing ahead and planting 25 tomato plants (10 varieties), 10 basil plants (3 varieties) 2 raspberry bushes, 3 strawberry plants, and 2 rosemary plants. We have dubbed this our Summer of Experimental Gardening and are happy to be learning more all the time.
For instance, we learned that we have to protect our strawberry plants a little better from the squirrels. All of our plants were completely devoured within the first week. We’ve learned a bit about Companion Planting and pollination. We’ve discovered all the places in our backyard that get the best sunlight and learned that basil and tomatoes do really, really well in hot weather. Oh, and see those little white flowers on the basil plant on the left? Those shouldn’t be there. Your herbs aren’t supposed to flower. I picked them after I took the picture, so we are back in business!
If all goes well with our garden this summer, we’d like to build above ground gardening boxes and add bell peppers, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, cucumbers, onions, cilantro, and mint next year.
So far, our basil and rosemary plants are doing extremely well, all of our tomato plants have fruit on them (none of the tomatoes are red yet, just different shades of green), our tomatillo plants are starting to bud, the rapsberry bushes should have fruit in a year or two, and the squirrels seemed to thoroughly enjoy our strawberries.
Every night, Joe and Sam head outside to the garden to prune, water, and “tend” to our little garden. It’s been fun to see Sam’s excitement over all of our “Pomatoes.” In the next few weeks, me and my mom are going to be making basil pesto in bulk and freezing it for the winter. I’ll also be making plans for all the ways we are going to use our tomatoes. What we don’t share with our friends and neighbors, we will use to make homemade tomato sauce and our favorite salsa recipe!