Spring ReGardening of 2014

We had a garden last spring (apparently it was so forgettable I didn’t even blog about it). A garden that produced a grand total of 2 edible tomatoes. They were far from being full-sized but I ate them anyways. This year we’re going even smaller thanks to reduced space and the underlying thought that if it fails at least it wasn’t a huge investment.

We’ve got 2 tomato plants instead of 6. Both are Roma variety. 3 Lettuce heads, which I think were Paris or something like a romaine. I don’t remember anymore. We’re also trying something a little different and planted 2 Bush Baby zucchini plants. They’re supposed to be more bush-like than vine-y so we used a teepee rather than a big lattice for it to climb around. WP_20140328_14_36_54_Pro

We refilled our sectioned herb pot and ended up with an extra cilantro in the green pot. Also shown: Honeybun with their outdoor picnic bench, umbrella, and my laundry washboard.

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When I was taking pictures I nearly forgot about our orange bell pepper plant. We had tried for jalapenos last year and only got 1 bud to fruit completely. It was abnormally bright red and wrinkled while still on the plant so I opted to toss it after a while.
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That’s the entirety of our garden this year. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to keep it in mind. The wet days we’ve been having seem to be taking care of that for me this week but I will definitely have to step it up once the hot weather moves in next month.

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Container Gardening

A few months ago now, Ben and I started a kinda sorta container garden to refresh our tiny patio area. One of the things I loved about living in a house was having the outdoors available to you in whichever configuration you might choose. Living in an apartment for the past 5 years has made me miss playing with dirt. So we bought some plants, pots, and soil. This brought some fresh air and life to our patio. Now that the air is beginning to turn and we’ve kept them in for the first frost, I wanted to muse over my lovelies that will probably not make it through the coming Winter.

We started off with some seeds and some smaller plants to get us going. Seeds were basil, thyme, cilantro, oregano and garlic. Trial and error led to the oregano never sprouting and the thyme being, well, a waste of time. Under or over watering was probably the cause for both failures. The lavender, spearmint, and tea plant were already well into growing when we purchased them. Yes, tea plant. Camellia Sinensis is the basis for all of the tea leaves used in brewing, granted we won’t have a viable “harvest” for years, but we’re enjoying the tiny blooms and flowers for now. We’ve draped the lavender over an old vine form of a turtle that we found, it’s resisting, but I think it may end up covering it eventually. Spearmint was a pretty impulsive purchase, I thought Ben read the tag and we were getting regular mint for a mojito party. Or I didn’t read the tag, either way it’s very fragrant but I have no use for it.

I’m really enjoying just having some life when I look out my window, even though I’m now addicted to the weather report. All of the plants have to come in if it drops below freezing as a result I find myself compulsively checking my Bing bar for updated weather forecasts throughout the day. Hopefully I won’t forget one night and be stuck with snow covered cilantro in a pot. That would be really depressing and not tasty at all.