I knew it would happen. Eventually.
I have failed the challenge.
I was really, really trying to blog every day. Then this week, things got crazy. It’s Vacation Bible School week. Which honestly doesn’t affect me except making sure my youngest gets there. I have some reviews that crept up on me. That’s also my fault because I used to put everything on my calendar AND in my planner and now I only put it in my planner. Which would be fine except I don’t look at my blog planner every day. I should, I know. I’ve spent a lot of time this week training for a new direct sales company that I joined. Interest has been crazy so I feel obligated to learn as much as I can as fast as I can. And then I downloaded the Periscope app. Oh my. I haven’t broadcasted yet but already have some people that I just HAVE to watch if they are broadcasting. And they are just so interesting that I can’t multi-task while I’m watching.
Oh well. Enough with the excuses.
Technically, yesterday I was supposed to share my garden. And I really planned to but we’ve had so many storms that it was difficult to go out and take pics. In fact, most of today has been rain too. You might can even see some of the raindrops still on my plants.
First, gardening is something I strive to do. I really want to have a green thumb. But it’s a struggle. My parents can grow anything. Unfortunately, they did not pass the green thumb gene on to me. I don’t have a lot of time. Or knowledge. My husband at least has the desire.
We live in Florida which is good and bad. Supposedly we have two growing seasons here. That might be part of my problem because the sun burns up so much. I probably need to do an early spring and late fall garden. And we have sand. Not dirt.
This summer I wanted to do container gardening. My husband knows I have a problem with consistency and that means I might skip watering one day but drown them the next. So, he has tried some new methods. You’ll see them in the pics below.
Ready for the tour? Welcome to my garden!!
As soon, as you walk out my front door, you will see my lemon grass. Funny story about this. I was at a friend’s house and she was showing my the herbs she was growing. She tore off a piece of her lemon grass and told me I only had to stick in the ground and it would root and take off. Well, I did. And it basically looked like an overgrown piece of grass at the end of my flower bed for about a week. Then my husband came home. And he thought it was just a weed or grass. And pulled it up and threw it away!! Luckily, my daughter had just pulled up and witnessed this. She explained to him what it was and they had just recovered the the stalk when I arrived home. I stuck it back in the dirt but sure it wouldn’t survive. Instead, it thrived. I guess it figured if it didn’t grow, it ran the risk of being tossed again.
Then as you round the corner, you see this container garden, of sorts. Our original garden started off in just a few buckets. We are friends with landscapers and got these buckets left over from where they purchase trees and shrubs. The buckets are good size and free. Which is great for me. I started off with tomato plants. Nothing is better in the summer than fresh, big slices of tomatoes. In our family of seven, only two of us like them. And I cannot grow them! My Roma plant completely died and the three heirloom varieties are struggling. I get some green tomatoes but then by the time they even turn red, they are small and the skins split. And the leaves look horrible. I’m completely open to suggestions!!!
My husband has some gardening projects going on this summer. One was to grow vegetables using “grow bags” in a kiddie pool. It’s a little more involved than what I’m going to share here but basically you want breathable bags and then you fill up the pool and the water leeches into the bags to keep the soil moist. You have to put those little rings in to kill mosquitoes though! We are doing a little experiment with the sweet potatoes – one is being grown in a container out of the pool and the other in the pool. We’ve never grown corn before but it seems to be doing pretty good in the pool. We even have a few ears now!! And the watermelon vine seems to be taking over! And we have a couple of baby watermelons. Personally, I thought that season was over but my husband doesn’t think growing seasons apply to him. We shall see. This is also our first attempt at sweet onions.
The other gardening project, which I am much more impressed with is this next one. It’s completely self-watering. My husband took two gutters and set them up. Inside of each bucket, he drilled a hole in the middle and placed a cup thingy (sorry for my lack of technical word here, I’ll ask him and replace this!) and the cup is what actually fits down into the gutter. It is used like a wick and absorbs the water up into the bucket. We placed dead leaves around the base of most of the plants to help hold in the moisture. There’s a float that lets the hose know if the water level is too low and water will automatically run in and fill the gutter back up. There’s weed block fabric (I think?) covering the gutter, I pulled it back to take a pick of the float. In this system, we have two variety of green beans, red and green bell peppers, pimentos, jalapenos, strawberries, basil, dill, cilantro and a lone carrot.
Hope you enjoyed this stroll through my garden. If you have any tips, please share!! I’d love to actually be able to eat tomatoes LOL.
** Please note: the gardening projects that my husband is working on was not developed by him and I do not mean to imply that it was. He spends a lot of time watching videos on You Tube from various people. Search You Tube for “Larry Hall” and you can get details on this system.**