Monday, July 1, 2013

Gardening Update:

Welp, I'm a little bummed out. I ended up having to finally pull two of my tomato plants that died, and the other 6 are on their way out too. This crappy stormy weather has just destroyed a lot of my wonderful garden :( I'm tempted to try and make some sort of cover for them. On a more positive note though. I DID get enough tomatoes from those plants to make at least 5 or 6 two to three person meals and 3 salads. So I'm pretty excited about that. I'm just sad to see it end. I have maybe 10 more tomatoes left on the plants, and after those are done, I feel fairly confident that I will have to pull those plants as well. 

My basil is still doing great, thankfully, but I need to trim it back. Unfortunately, with all of the rain, I haven't had time to get out there and work on it, which also is the reason there are so many stupid weeds in there now.

My green pepper just sprouted two more peppers and is look lively as ever, which is great. So are the other bell pepper plants that are in the side garden, and the two habanero plants as well. Neither of the others have produce yet, but the plants are in great health. 

I ended up pulling the broccoli, lettuce plants, and greek basil. The first two, because they are winter veggies, and I didn't know that when I put them in. The third because I don't use them and had gotten the wrong thing. 

In the other side garden, my grape tomato plant has sprouted two tomatoes! Yay! So that's sort of promising I hope. My red bell pepper over there is still holding up, but no produce yet. My celery is basically dead (again, another winter veggie). My yellow squash plant looks great, and one of my two strawberries looks great. The other is getting beaten to snot by the rain water coming off of the roof. My pineapple, it's hard to tell. 

In the back, my watermelon is basically dead. So is my cantaloupe, which HAD been thriving and looking wonderful, but then David moved it to make room for new plants, and it apparently was not happy. Same goes for the zucchini. My green bell pepper plant though seems to be liking it back there and has three bell peppers! Yay! The scotch bonnet plant is doing wonderful and has a TON of peppers on it. Unfortunately, I don't know if it's because of the rain or what, but none of them have ripened yet. So I'll have to keep a close eye on that one. 

I spent part of tonight going through my list of what I want to try growing for fall/winter. What I currently have it as (subject to change) are romaine lettuce, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, garlic, cabbage, celery, strawberries, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash. So we shall see. 

I also currently have a few different seeds that I'm going to try and get planted tomorrow evening: cherries, red & yellow bell peppers, watermelon and there was something else but I can't remember what it was. 

All in all, I'm pretty happy with this being my first time gardening. It's got me really wanting to do homesteading. I keep looking around the yard trying to figure out other places that I can put a veggie garden that wouldn't take away from the "yard" and possibly upset my inlaws. I'm thinking I'm going to try to section off a piece of the back yard from the dogs (if I can save up some $ for small garden fencing) and have an area that I can do more veggie gardening, as well as use the swing that we have, and have a place for Sophia to play that is fenced in, instead of chasing her around the front yard. So we'll have to see how that goes as well. But that's all for now. Goodnight!

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