Oh, how the neglect of this blog reflects the neglect of my garden. As I have watched the seasons change through the windows here at soapHOUSE, I am reminded that I am still in the glorious season of motherhood with a new baby. I am so enjoying every moment with my little one! This is my third and having done this twice before, I am all too familiar with how quickly this baby stage goes away. I am trying to savor every second! Despite my lack of attention, my garden has transitioned seasons beautifully and I am really enjoying the fall colors. This is the first year that I am not even attempting a fall garden. It gets SO cold SO fast here in HOTlanta, that the fall gardens are usually fairly pathetic, so I have decided not to even go there this year. I continue to gaze out the window and enjoy watching things mature and change. I am able to get out with the weed-eater from time to time an enjoy the mass productivity that it offers :) During quiet moments at night I find my creative outlet in knitting and scrapbooking as the sun has long gone down on my garden by that point. Here is to enjoying the season - whatever that may be in YOUR life!
We are still having temperatures over 100 degrees, so other than VERY light weeding, i am not doing much in the garden. I've started some projects indoors and I'm really just admiring the garden from my windows. I have started to get ready to redo some of my photo album uploads, so I have been looking back at a lot of photos and its so fun to see the progression of the garden (even in just a few months time).
The front yard: June 2007
Front corner yard June 2007:
So fun to look back!
And, as FishinBC once said "things go on with or without me". So, luckily things are still progressing, and the figs are getting bigger:
Yum, Yum! Lookin forward to our annual fig pizzas!
Also caught this pretty color combo on camera today.... a crepe myrtle blossom fallen on euphorbia "blue haze" foliage:
Well, I continue to work on the kitchen project and dream of fall in the garden! In the mean time, I will also work on getting my pictures uploaded again.
Successes and Failures Jul 13, 2007 | 7:13 PM PST
, Cherry Tomato
, Bell Peppers
, succession planting
, companion planting
, Growing Season
Now that I am well into the summer here in my garden, I am starting to
take note as to the successes and failures in my garden. There are, of
course, many of both and most of them involve my edibles. I grew all of my veggies from seed directly into the vegetable beds. I
was kind of nervous about this as so many things suggest starting
indoors before spring. But, every time I do that everything dies, so I
took my chances and selected a lot of fast maturing varieties...to my
suprise, that worked very well! I am finding great joy and satisfaction
in producing food for my family. We are also enjoying a nice financial
savings as well. I spent about $50 on all my seed varieties and I would
say that I have dropped our grocery bill by about $20 a week if not
more....I would say that was worth the investment!
Tomatoes: I am growing a purple heirloom and a hybrid red...all plants are bursting with green fruits now :)
Tomatillos: Plants are enormous and husks are forming
Sugar Snap Peas: One of my daughter's favorites so none have made it to the table...she just eats em off the vine
Beets: Have done several succession planting and have had many harvests
of both roots and greens. Hubby like greens better than root
Eight Ball Zucchini: Very vigorous and enormous in size...has provided many, many dinners
Patty Pan Squash: Also doing well and just so cute
Sunflowers: First year that I have grown sunflowers and it is proving to be very fun. King Kong variety that is about to open
Blackberries: Planted 3 years ago from root...this is first year that we had a very steady harvest.
Okra: Plants forming very nice large pods and the flowers are beautiful!
Things that have yet to succeed or fail:
Eggplant: Just started flowering, I am growing a white and a purple variety
Peppers: Also just started flowering
Carrots: First crop got infested with something icky, second crop looking better
Kale: Just put those seeds in 2 days ago
Kholrabi: Not yet big enough to harvest, but looking good
Things I wish I had planted:
Cherry Tomatoes: a no brainer, don't know why I didn't do these :(
Potatoes: To provide our carbohydrate need and to have some for winter storage
Lots of different kinds of beans: have really enjoyed the sugar snaps, wish I had done more
Winter Squash Varieties: to have something else to store for winter
Marigolds: For pest control and to add color to the veggie beds
Egyptian Walking Onions: just so cool and great pest control
Garlic: also good pest control
Asparagus: needs time to get established, wish I had started that this year
Artichokes: love em!
Cardoon: not even really sure what this is, but I have seen it on some gardening shows and it looks super cool
I just got a companion planting book and am looking forward to incorporating more of that in my garden!
Its so helpful to think all this through and get in all on "paper"...will help a great deal with garden planning.
Other things I have learned this season:
Annual Potato Vines really do need full sun
Mexican Heather always does well, I should just buy it each year and have a guaranteed success
Petunias need to be bought larger than the little 6 pack size to really do well
Lobelia likes partial shade
Impatients didn't do diddly squat...must mulch and fertilize!
If i see something in early spring that i want...buy it, they are all sold out now!