vegetable garden to help keep bad bugs away and they make the
vegetable garden pretty.
The other day, I stepped out into my vegetable garden to get a close up look at how my veggies are ripening.
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Okay. It’s really happened to me.
I had heard about what can happen when you grow your own vegetables from other gardeners, but I didn’t think too much about it until….
It happened to me!
So, what happened you may ask?
I discovered the danger of growing a vegetable garden.
I think my kids are ready to go back to school tomorrow after 2 1/2 weeks of being on fall break.
How do I know this? Well, my two youngest daughters, Ruthie and Gracie, just asked me if there were any jobs that I needed them to do.
So after, I picked up my jaw from the floor, I told them that the patio needed to be swept and then thanked them for being so thoughtful.
A few minutes later, I saw them sweeping the patio. Then I saw the hose come out as they sprayed the patio. BUT, they didn’t stop there. As I watched them, Ruthie started to squirt dish soap on the patio and then proceeded to scrub the patio using the broom.
I just didn’t have the heart to tell her that she didn’t need to use soap. She was working so hard and looked like she was actually enjoying herself as she walked through all the soap suds.
And now, I probably have the cleanest patio in the entire neighborhood 😉
Earlier this morning, I went outside to see how my vegetable garden was faring. As I examined my plants, I paid special attention to many of my vegetable seedlings.
My lettuce seedlings are a bit late in getting started this fall. The reason being that I didn’t learn my lesson last fall, when birds ate my new seedlings, which is what happened again this year. So this is my second attempt this fall.
How about you?
Have you planted any vegetables this fall?
Garlic has to be one of my favorite vegetables. I use it in almost everything and I almost always use more then the recipe asks for.
I love growing my own garlic and it’s very easy to do.
They will soon send up green shoots. In cold climates, add a straw mulch over your garlic. Freezing weather will cause the green shoots to turn brown, but they will grow back in spring.
Pull it up carefully and keep the green shoots attached. Remove any clumps of dirt, but do not clean the heads.
In my last post, I showed you how my vegetable garden had gone crazy growing a multitude of different vegetables. I had the remainder of my winter vegetables ready to harvest as well as pull out.
So over the weekend, I put my kids to work helping me in the garden.
First off, I had to pull out our spinach and lettuce plants that we had enjoyed eating since last October. You know, it is so hard to have to buy lettuce in the supermarket when I have gotten used to getting it from my own backyard 🙂
|Old spinach growing in front of my garlic plants.|
We were almost done, but my daughter Rachele pulled out the last few.
Well, it’s official….my vegetable garden has gone crazy. When I left for my trip to the Midwest at the end of April, it was nice and somewhat neat. My winter lettuce, spinach, green onions and garlic were doing well and my newly planted corn, cucumbers, gourds, tomatoes and sunflowers were coming up nicely.
I came home 10 days later to this sight….
I just love spring….and not just because everything is turning green and beginning to bloom in my garden.
I love this time of year because I have both winter and summer vegetables growing in my garden. I have harvested some of my winter vegetables already including my broccoli and lettuce. But, my spinach, garlic and carrots are still going strong.
I love how the leafy greens of my carrots look like ferns…
|Young corn seedlings.|
One of the many things that I love about living in the desert southwest, is the ability to grow vegetables 12 months of the year. Now I have mentioned before that I grew vegetables during college as part of required classwork out in a field owned by the school. I have instructed clients how to grow vegetables and have planted vegetable gardens for others. But I had never grown vegetables in my own garden. I had not experienced the excitement and wonder of checking the garden each day to see my plants growing bit by bit, see the flowers form and leaves grow and culminate in vegetables ready for harvesting. I did not know how much better vegetables taste when they are from your own garden.
And so, I had not experienced any of this…..sad isn’t it?
Well, early last spring we decided to plant a vegetable garden. The kids were so excited, but I must admit that I was even more so. My husband, always supportive of my gardening endeavors, was not quite as excited as I was, but was more then willing to do a lot of the grunt work.
Happy 9th Birthday Gracie!