Sunday, July 13, 2008

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Mine is finally coming along nicely, if I say so myself. I've had great success in the gardening area since I can remember, initially trying my hand at growing radishes when I was just a kid. I think my Mom knew they were practically foolproof and anyone, including a child, could grow them.

It certainly was enough to boost my confidence and instill the desire in me to try growing a multitude of things including yellow squash, corn, head lettuce, Romaine lettuce, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, serrano peppers, rosemary, dill, cilantro, tomatoes, new potatoes, sweet potatoes, Viladia onions, green onions, okra, watermelon, lima beans, green beans, green peas, cucumbers, bean sprouts, cat nip, and even cotton - yes, I've even grown cotton.

This year my crop consists of sweet peas, serrano peppers, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, green beans, lima beans, yellow squash, zucchini, corn, sweet potatoes, and watermelon. Here is a picture of one of the watermelon as just a baby. It's about the size of a silver dollar. Isn't it adorable? I think with the fencing I've put around the garden this year, I may see the watermelon grow to maturity. In year's past, I think the rabbits have helped themselves to anything they could get their grubby paws on.

Everyone always says fresh grown produce is the best and I have to agree. There is nothing better than going out to the garden and picking something fresh to add to dinner. That's exactly what I plan to do tonight. Some fresh steamed green beans and a sweet potato will go quite nicely with my grilled filet!
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Maria said...

Well, who knew?? Your garden is beautiful, loved the pic of baby watermelon!

You are just a multi-talented left and right brain girl.

I laughed so hard about the cotton. I think we'll have to do that next year. What a great idea!!!

Patti said...

Yep, the cotton was really fun. The hard part about that was finding cotton seeds. I had to resort to the Internet to get them. I couldn't find any local at any of the Feed and Seed stores. Those folks all looked at me as if I were naked when I asked about them. Oh well, live and learn, I say.

KF-in-Georgia said...


I've heard that putting dog hair in the garden area helps deter rabbits (and deer) from munching the vegetation. We've had people come in the grooming salon and ask for hair for their garden.

Maybe, when you're brushing out the girls, collect the hair and put it around any plants you think rabbits might be coveting...


Patti said...

Good suggestion Kathy. I actuall did do that years ago before I had the privacy fence and it did seem to work. Thanks for reminding me about it. I'll start collecting hair samples! Between the dogs and the cat, this shouldn't take that long! :)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Kiki, I provide the service of taking the excess fresh, home grown vegetables from their growers. I'm happy to take any of it off your hands. Its the least I can do..... literally. :-)