Just for fun... look at the camparison of growth in the photo above and the photo below ... in just 18 days. I wouldn't have realized it myself if not for the wonder of photo documentation.
It's been a while since I gave a veggie garden run down. If you've not read Hoe & Shovel before it would be fair to let you know this is Hoe & Shovel's first attempt at a veggie garden. You are welcomed to link to the back stories of its beginnings here and here.
There are some not-so-profound lessons I've learned about my garden over the course of time since March 13 when I put the first seed in the ground. These little tidbits were running through my head yesterday as I spent some uninterrupted hours further staking up the tomatoes for the umpteenth time (I'm not complaining), and harvesting beans, squash, tomatoes and bell peppers.
If you'd like to hear my ramblings, pull up a chair... I'll pour you a cup of coffee and ...
Okay, I guess you'll have to pour your own coffee ... too bad ... I wish each wonderful reader could stop by for a visit and you could tell me your lessons too.
Here we go.
The not-so-profound things I've learned/observed/discovered/decided ... you get the picture:
- That the cute ¼” bamboo stakes used initially to hold up small tomato plants aren’t as sturdy as they are cute.
- That the 8’(1 x 2) furring strips bought to help secure the house windows during the 2004 'Hurricane season from Hell' (never actually used then)… come in handy (cut in two) for bolstering the growing tomato plants.
- That the pole beans need a wider trellis to start with … again cute didn’t work as well as I’d hoped. It isn’t easy to harvest pole beans from vines twisted around each other.
- That it's possible I just might choose design (=cute) over function. ... sigh.
- That each individual squash and zucchini plant needs about 4 feet in diameter of space to spread. That translates to a maximum of two in an entire 4 x 8 bed. I only have two 4 x 8 beds so that translates into only 4 plants all together and nothing else planted. That translates to ---I WAYYYYY over-planted each bed and the squash and zucchini have not done great. Good, but not great … no overrunning amounts of fruit like should have been produced by so many plants given the proper amount of room.
- That carrots have lots of greenery using up space above ground and they are WAYYYYYYYY bigger on top than what’s under the ground.
- That I should have thinned out the carrots much more than I did. (Their harvest date is tomorrow and they aren't ready- hmmmm... I don't know what that means.)
- That it’s okay to pull some carrots up every once in a while just to see if there really is anything orange that slightly resembles a carrot growing underground.
- That marigolds planted in front of cucumbers will get much taller than the cucumbers and in turn block the sun from the cucumbers. Cucumbers need the sun to grow. I know, I'm really impressing you now.
- That marigolds planted anywhere in the bed would grow very tall and have to be transplanted to another place in the garden because my small beds just don’t have room for (those) flowers AND all the veggies I tried to grow.
- That even though we left 3 feet on either side of the raised beds where the confederate jasmine grows along a fence —the jasmine happens to bloom at the same time as the garden is growing. The bees love the jasmine. They don’t especially like me brushing up against them trying to make my way around in the garden.
- That I could breathe in the smell of tomato plants all day long and not tire of it.
- That it’s okay to cut off a tomato leaf occasionally just to walk around with it held to my nose taking deep whiffs of its wonderful fragrance. That I can do the same thing with basil, lavender, and cilantro and the plant is none the worse for it.
- That green beans are the very same green as their leaves and sometimes can be overlooked during the picking... Best to scour each bush a couple of times.
- That blue lake green beans grown in my garden might be the easiest to grow yet most wonderful flavor and taste of any beans I’ve had in my entire life.
- That I’m quite glad I took the advice of the Burpee package and planted another row of beans two weeks after the first seeds sown. Now I will enjoy beans for more blessed weeks.
- That cubanelle peppers and bell peppers grow very rapidly. Cubanelle are very sweet and tasty.
- That I definitely need more raised beds to grow more veggies. (Hopefully in time for the fall garden!)
- That the experience of vegetable gardening has been too wonderful for words. I’m quite sure I’ll never be satisfied to be without one.