Friday, July 20, 2012

How Does My Garden Grow?

I've seen quite a few blogs this summer showcasing beautiful vegetable gardens.  The photographs are so exquisite my mouth just waters over the lovely produce!

My Mom is a marvelous gardener.  She always has been.  She could poke and prod the most stubborn soil and end up with her own little Garden of Eden.  My daughter is very much like my Mom.  Her backyard is becoming more and more an oasis.

I've had lots of gardens.  Sometimes I've even managed to grow something edible.  Mostly my poor gardens have been loved and tenderly cared for.  Really! I get all excited choosing what I will grow and I love watching the first little beginnings of each plant.  There is such a mother earthy feel when growing a nice garden.

Then...  Apparently I get distracted.  I need a garden that takes just a week or two to produce food because my attention so quickly wanes.  Typically what happens is this.  I get busy for a few days and kind of forget to water my garden.  As it turns out, that is not good for gardens.  Then, I spend several days trying to revive shriveled plants.  Once that cycle starts there is no more mother earthy feeling.  There is just shame.  Then, I dread seeing those sad little plants so I avoid them.

This year is a bit different.  While it is true that I've let my garden get a bit dry a few times, I've so far managed to keep it alive.  I water it every evening, although I believe it would appreciate a drink twice a day.  I am seeing actual food growing!  It is not quite time for my big harvest but I am confident that I will make it to that point this summer!  Well, pretty confident.

Aren't you proud of me?  I'm so excited I've decided to post my own garden photos...or should I say, photo?  Tell me what you think of my vegetable garden.

Yes, that's it.  That tomato plant is my entire vegetable garden this year.  It sits right outside the backdoor so I see it every time I let the dog out.  So far so good!

Are you a gardener?  Do you love digging in the dirt?  How about all that weed-pulling?  Are you aware that too much gardening leads to even more work...  canning and freezing!?  


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Maria Rose said...

I just can't believe bode has left it alone.

Anne Marie said...

That is a lovely tomato plant! I love to garden. Pulling weeds and deadheading flowers are therapeutic. I'm so lucky that Chad enjoys gardening, too. There is nothing like getting to eat that fresh produce!

Emily said...

I'm like you when it comes to gardening. Bravo on the tomato plant! It's more than I did this year! :)

EJN said...

Looking good. I love to garden, it has been killer hot in this neck and so our tomatoes are a bit funny looking... but delicious. I do my veggies and herbs in pots, they are right next to my porch so I can tell when they need pickin. My basil went gangbusters this year and for the first time my rosemary is great. I plan to pull it up onto the porch and prune it like a pine tree for the fall. Fun, fun, fun. I do forget (ahem - blow it off) to water everyday...anyways - hope you enjoy those tomatoes - Kroger tomatoes are blah comparatively.
Have a great weekend,

Annmarie Pipa said...

yea for you! once you eat that first sun ripped tomato straight off the vine you will be hooked for life. I love gardening!

Susan Struck said...

I know, huh? He pulled out several flowers from the pots but not yet the tomato plant.

Susan Struck said...

I find that it is just better to make friends with folks that are over achieving gardeners trying to get rid of their veggies. Also, with my Crohn's, I seem to have trouble if I eat much of the really good, fresh veggies. Don't you feel sorry for me?

Susan Struck said...

Well, Emily, at least we make the good gardeners feel better about themselves.

Susan Struck said...

EJN, if I have any chance of gardening I think the pots are my best bet.

I hope your week-end is delightful!

Susan Struck said...

Annmarie, I don't hate gardening. In fact I really like it. I just don't like it for quite as long as it takes to bring it all to harvest. I'm sure it is some kind of character flaw.

Anne Marie said...

I do feel sorry for you, and I can sympathize...I pay for eating raw veggies, but sometimes it's worth the pain in my guts, LOL!

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