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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Been gone

I have been away from home for two weeks and left the garden to my husband. The first week, he was also gone and he came back to overly ripened cucumbers. He said they were all yellow and had to be discarded. 😩 I am really bummed because had he gone home when I though he was going, they would have been edible. Otherwise, I would have asked my neighbor to pick and eat them.

The tomatoes, he said, are finally coming along. If you remember, we had some storms that damaged the tomatoes and I had to cut the tops off. The have rebounded and hubby said he will have to support more of the branches.

He also said we have baby squashes!! WOOT!! Not much to say on anything else in the garden.

He did say that SOMETHING ate all of the petunias down to a stub and one of the potato tops?! We moved the petunias to the highest part of the brick ledge to deter the deer. We fenced in the hostas for the same reason. He is going to finish netting in the potatoes as well otherwise we may not have any at all!

I miss my garden. Even more when I see my hosts’ garden growing nicely – without tending, unless they are doing it by the moon. Anyway. They have some great big red tomatoes that I’d love to sink my teeth into.

I have almost been away from home too long. The longest has been a month without friends or family. This is nicer, though, as I am making friends and they are happy I am here. I will go home in about ten days to go to a conference and then return to Onancock for a couple of weeks more, I hope. We will see.

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Cucumbers

Yay!

 

Cucumbers (specifically, Gherkins) gathered fo...

Cucumbers (specifically, Gherkins) gathered for pickling. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grape tomatoes.

Grape tomatoes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

canning dried beans

canning dried beans (Photo credit: vigilant20)

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Okay, I Cheated … So Sue Me.

State fruit - Tomato

State fruit – Tomato (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I haven’t watered my garden in DAYS!!! It has rained for three days straight. I was able to use MIracle Gro last weekend before the rain came down and the plants are showing growth. My tomatoes have doubles, seeds have germinated and everything looks great. I wish it were just a little warmer for my green peppers, though.

 

We did not even water before taking a trip because we knew it was going to rain. I still did not water when we returned from our little day-trip because, yep, it had rained while we were gone and the morning we returned.

I also cheated by posting my pictures to Pinterest. I don’t like the WordPress app for posting multiple pictures because I have to provide a text post as well for each one instead of just a picture. Sure, looks like I am a posting goddess but it is too time consuming, really. I have better things to do with my time … like not water my garden. 🙂

 

Here is the Pinterest link: http://pinterest.com/smweisser/mary-mary-quite-contrary-how-does-your-garden-grow/

Things are going well. No slugs in the garden, even though it has been raining so much. I am hoping my liberal use of eggshells has helped with that. No major pests or insects yet. We had tomato hornworms last year so I am keeping a lookout for them this year. A few spiders, but none doing plant damage. I hope they stay away this year. Not likely.

miracle-gro potting soil

 

Well, almost time to get up and get ready for work so I had better finish my porridge. Have a happy day!

 

 

 

 

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Salad!

Français : Mesclun, petits légumes marinés et ...

Français : Mesclun, petits légumes marinés et chÚvre 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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Updates and pictures coming!!!

So, this week we repotted the tomatoes and pepper plants. The pepper plant seems to be lunch for something. I did see a red spider-like insect on it tonight as I was watering. It is trying to form peppers but I nipped them off. I really want the plant to develop before it tries fruiting.
I will take pictures and maybe someone can give me a clue. I did fertilize a bit tonight and I watered thoroughly. By tonight I mean at 6PM so we had plenty of time for the plant to dry out before the sun went down here.

Tomatoes look great. I have been clipping back the buds as well. No flowering allowed yet. Too soon!!

Nasturtium blossom. One. LOL! AND they are all a bit flimsy. Not sure what is going on in this bed but I think hubby added too much peat. He does not understand that too much peat is not good for certain plants. I need to go get some more compost and manure to help it out I think. Lettuce is still trying to come up. Some radishes are looking better but something has been eating them. Beets too!

Never had this bad of a problem growing before. I am a little stumped.

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