Vegetable Garden Day 1: May 29, 2014Today we planted seedlings: San Marzano, Heirloom Black Krim, sweet cherry and Juliet grape tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, and basil. I'm excited about growing my own food! (Special thanks to my friend, LN for the help, knowledge and secret ingredient pixie dust).
"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.
To nurture a garden is to feed, not just the body, but the soul"
~ Alfred Austin
June 11: Day 13
First sign of progress -- baby summer squash 'embryos'!
"All you need is faith, trust… and a little pixie dust!"
~ Peter Pan
June 14: Day 16
The first grape tomato bambino appears.
Zucchini & summer squash-lettes are multiplying and flowering.
"And the day came
when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
~ Anais Nin
June 19: Day 21
After the rainstorm, everything shot up and out.
June 20: Day 22
Someone ate my little yellow squash blossoms. The 4' fence is great for keeping the deer out but apparently rabbits can limbo under fences. I was not prepared for that. So, I looked into some products, settled on Critter Ridder by Havahart, & sprinkled some around the perimeter of the garden. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
"Man plans and God laughs" ~ Yiddish proverb
How It Works:
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June 27: Day 29
While away vacationing in Mexico for the week, Dylan was home, in charge of watering the garden. I came home to exploding tomato plants, many new cucumber shoots, 2 ripe grape tomatoes and one ginormous zucchini. I loved having the cucumber in my salad and I must say, those little grape tomatoes were the best I've ever tasted. :)
"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.
I call it, A-N-T-I-C-I-P-A-T-I-O-N!!!
July 26: Day 58
My San Marzanos look like they went 10 rounds with Mike Tyson.
I looked it up. Seems this is common:
(Found this info at bonnie plants.com)
Fresh basil added depth and flavor to this morning's spinach egg white omelet.
I'm fascinated by how the vine wraps, clings and climbs and also manages to hold the heaviness of such a large cucumber. Nature never ceases to amaze me - especially little things like this. Don't even get me started about my intrigue with spiders and their webs.
"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority"
~ E.B. White