Thursday, May 1, 2008

How NOT to grow a vegetable garden.

Ok, this is installment number 2 of how to grow a vegetable garden
Back in February I was very optimistic and naive about my great big vegetable garden plan. I bought a bunch of seed, and was delighted to see them sprout. Then, in March, I planted some of the supposedly "cold weather plants" outside. They all died. So I got discouraged and stopped my project all together. Somehow, last week I got a second wind, and decided that to be successful, I had to have the garden closer to the house. So I fortified the fence, and borrowed my neighbors rototiller. Those nice perfect little rows sat empty for 5 days while I contemplated what my next move would be. I read somewhere that you should put the plants outside several days before you plant them, so they can "harden". Well, I guess mine had been babied too much, and pretty much all of them wilted. This morning, after dropping off the kids at my friends house, I decided I had had enough. I caved, went to the store, and bought a bunch of -much larger- plants. Hopefully this time they won't just survive, but actually produce some veggies. No matter what you think, this is not really my favorite hobby. I just want some FRESH veggies, dag-nabbit.
Veggies I HOPE to harvest in a month or two:
Roma, Cherry, and Big Boy Tomatoes
Zucchini
Yellow Squash
Cucumber
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower (low hopes here)
Okra
Basil
Red, Yellow, and Jalapino Peppers
Beans
Watermelon
Pumpkin

3 comments:

Nancy Sabina said...

I don't really like gardening either. And yet I really want to have a beautiful yard (no veggies here, just flowers). So I totally get your dilemna. I hope some day I can learn to at least not hate it. Good luck with your veggies. I'm sure it'll save you a ton of money if they come out in the end. Fresh veggies are expensive and so hard to get good ones.

Rebecca said...

yum! I would love a vegetable garden. I really hope it works out. Sounds delicious. I've never had a place that both (1) that I stayed in for more than a year and (2) had space for a yard.

earl said...

What about potatoes? They are very easy to grow, cost nothing, have great, bushy leaves, and when they wilt down in the fall you can eat them. They are my favorite plant for the front yard.

How do you grow them? Simple, bury your potato peels where you want them to grow.

Nancy, even you should have some spuds growing.

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