Watch My Garden Growing

My gardening attempts in a new environment.

Tomatoes, Peppers, Rain and Snails … oh, and chickens, too!

I have never before seen such large snails in my garden. They have been on every plant. Every herb, every vegetable. I am sure the fact that the sun does not hit the garden nearly long enough has something to do with the whole problem. And the rain. It doesn’t just rain her and then get sunny – all better. No, it stays cloudy for a day first, then rains by bucket loads and then stays cloudy a day later. Or so it seems to me and my poor plants. The peppers are still not happy about it. I planted two new peppers in a sunnier spot. I transplanted one pepper to a sunnier spot. We will see what transpires.

I had to pick a bunch of tomatoes after the last rain. They began to split. I did not want to lose them to insects to I picked them and brought them inside. We may have a plate or two of fried green tomatoes. We did have a few orangey-red ones so I took those too. The weather said rain. I see white clouds ans sun. Go figure.

 

Update on chickens:

Seems like the hawk that lives in our neighborhood has eaten a couple. Went from an even dozen to about 8, at last count. They are still getting out of the fenced enclosure and pooping on my doorstep. Hubby sent an email to the property manager – he stepped in it. She let him know the chickens would be relocated on Sunday. It is sad they could not have just taken better care of their animals. We don’t care about the chickens, but we care about stepping in poo when we are walking to and from the car. Maybe they have learned a lesson? Probably not. We have become the “bad guys” for ‘telling on them’. Actually, if my husband was a bad guy he would have called the police as having chickens where we live is illegal. If he was a bad guy he would call animal control about the dog who is left in her crate for 8-12+ hours six-plus days a week. Yeah, we’re are the bad guys.

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Salad!

Français : Mesclun, petits légumes marinés et ...

Français : Mesclun, petits légumes marinés et chèvre chaud aux herbes sur toasts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not yet, but soon I hope.

I planted my mesclun mix lettuce today. It germinates quickly and we will have lettuce soon. It will take a bit longer for the tomatoes, cukes and peppers but I cannot wait! Yeah, I can.

I transplanted the parsley, cilantro and the zucchini into larger containers. The cukes will be transplanted later this week.

I am reinvigorated by a recent show where the Dervaes family was profiled. Check them out: UrbanHomestead.org/journal

They are providing for themselves and earning enough money to pay what little they cannot grow. This is something I would love to do for my family. I find myself asking “how much do I need to live?” If I did not have to travel to and from work, pay dues, fees, and other stuff to work, how much is needed? I have always dreamed of be self sustaining.

Rent or mortgage payments. Electricity, Internet, cable, etc. And meat. My husband could NEVER be a vegetarian. No car payments (yay!) but repairs and gas. Would 20K a year be enough? I don’t know, but I would love to find a place and give it a go.

The Dervaes family can be followed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dervaes?fref=ts

Have a happy day!

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