And now for the traditional look-how-awesome-my-garden-looks post.
I’ve been a little hesitant to get this garden going for a number of reasons. For one, our neighbors’ impending renovations threaten to cover our entire back area in debris and sawdust for a large portion of the summer… you know… whenever they want to get started on this 4 month construction project.
But also due to our trip to Europe. Yep, you read that right. We’re leaving in 5 days for a 10 day European vacation gallivanting through Ireland, Scotland, and France. But what that also means is that for 10 days there would not be someone keeping an eye on our plants. Sure we could ask any number of our friends in the area to come over and water, but in my head it was just easier to not have plants. Especially because, with a garden like we had last year, it’s not just so easy to say “water my plants.” Each plant was drastically different when it came to maintenance.
So in light of the above, I’ve kept our garden very simple. In fact, other than our peach tree and a sack of potatoes, the only living thing in our backyard up until now was a pot of Parsley which somehow has survived a hurricane and a few snows. Oh … and that strange ivy plant that has burst forth from some of my previously inhabited pots from last year and clings its sticky tendrils to my leg every time I walk past. One day I will happily kill that plant. But right now it’s one of the few green living things out back that wouldn’t break my heart to die a horrible death in the midst of construction debris, so it stays.
Despite all hesitation, I swung by Lowe’s the other night to pick up a few things and decided to go ahead and do a casual walk by in the Garden section. A few plants later….
We’ve got basil…
and a tomato plant and some hot pepper plant…
I always do a mixture of soil for plants. Some combination of top soil, compost, and potting soil with some MiracleGro. For the tomato plant, I crushed a few egg shells and sprinkled that in the bottom of the pot before planting. Apparently, tomatoes like the added calcium and since I suck at tomato growing, I thought I’d give it a shot. I’ll let you know if I think it makes a difference…. so basically if anything grows this year.
How are the rest of my plants shaping up you
didn’t ask? Our potatoes look AWESOME. I had no idea what I was doing when I planted them, but it must be my Irish blood helping me along.
I bought the growing bag and starter potatoes from Walmart awhile back. There are tons of tutorials online for how to do this, so I won’t go into it here, but if you ever have any potato growing questions, just post to the comments section.
Oh and I can’t forget about our peach tree update. This little $20 peach tree is actually doing quite well in its pot. I was worried that even being a dwarf tree, it would die if I didn’t plant him in the ground his first year, but he seems to be doing quite well. Right now, we’ve got about 9 peaches slowly growing.
Oh and… want a cool tabletop torch like the one up top? Target! We’ve got citronella oil in it for the summer and are LOVING being able to spend afternoons/evenings out on our back patio this year.