How does your garden grow?

by Shawnda on July 29, 2011

in Garden

Purple Carrot

How are your gardens doing?

We’re experiencing the worst drought that I can remember. Like the kind that’s so bad, my rain dance long ago morphed into a tropical storm dance. That bad. But I’m not going to whine about our water bill because when it rains 3 times in 6 months, all kinds of crazy stuff happens – broken water mains, small grass fires, gigantically scary grass fires… fingers crossed that we’ll see a wet weekend!

In the last 5 months, I feel like I’ve learned a lot and nothing at all about gardening. Our bell pepper plants were been mostly a bust. We got one single carrot – and it was a purple one! Lots and lots of cucumbers for tzatziki and an occasional handful of green beans to saute for the kiddo’s lunch.

We got several butternut squashes and hit the mother lode in zucchini before the vine borers got them – I’ve replanted seedlings for both. I cannot grow cilantro or chives to save my life. And those tomato plants that I knew I was planting too close together… well, let’s just say lesson learned.

We’ve got a whole list of things to do differently next time. Including squirrel-proofing the two peach trees. Can you believe those guys? They eat the peach but leave the pit still attached to the branch. That’s a little insulting.

I’ve just started thinking about our fall garden… broccoli, garlic, onions, herbs, greens. The eggplant and citrus trees are in bloom – we’re about to be inundated with key limes and oranges. There are worse fates :)

We added a young fig tree (and a Texas grapefruit, and another lemon, and a replacement avocado tree) to our backyard squirrel buffet a couple of weeks ago. They were 50% off! Talk about a hard deal to refuse. It’s struggling, not appreciative of being transplanted in 100+ degree weather (who would?). But there are two small green figs clinging to life. And I’m clinging to hope that I’ll get to eat them before the squirrels do.

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