I’m not a gardener, but I love the idea of a garden and can grow a decent pot of basil. Jojo always had tomatoes and other goodies in pots around the backyard so I felt fairly confident that I could, too, grow cherry ‘maters et. al.
FMG constructed two raised bed planters in the side yard for us to try out some “gardening” this summer. We started with tomatoes, jalapenos, basil, thyme, rosemary, squash, artichoke (??), and three different kinds of lettuce. WHen FMG gets into one of my projects he REALLY gets into it.
The lettuces were eaten by the squirrels. The thyme died. All but one of the tomato seedlings croaked except one. The artichoke was kind of a joke. (Did you have any idea that it takes YEARS to cultivate an artichoke crop. No kidding.)
The garden is in the side yard, fenced off from the rest of the yard so that sweet Brie stays out of it!
The squash exploded and are doing awesome. Minus the fact that we have a million blossoms and no fruit. Did you know you have to, um, “help” them pollinate sometimes. Me either.
This basil is not the basil we started from seed… that basil didn’t make it (squirrels, birds, neglect?). This is basil I picked up at the farmer’s market from a guy who cultivates herbs that thrive in our hot south Texas summers. It is a basil beast!
The parsley looks really sad – but its totally my fault. I LOVE flat leaf parsley and put it on or in almost anything. I got a little chop crazy and need to let it fill back in for a week or so.
The tomatoes are great – I forgot about caging or staking them… so I tied them to the fence with kitchen twine. Make it work, right?
We have four different kinds – big ones, smaller ones, cherry ones, and some that will be a surprise because we don’t remember.
This guy is the “surprise” plant… He’s from a seed we planted. He survived and thrived! No fruit yet, but soon!
Not bad for a little kitchen garden! Next summer I’ll plan better and plant smarter. For now, I just enjoy having my little garden to look at and play in and pick stuff out of. I can see how this gardening thing could get addicting!