Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Garden Update

Well, things haven't been growing as well as I had hoped they would be by now. None of my lettuce seeds came up, and my beans that I replanted are struggling. So I resorted to buying some plants to add to the garden and am trying to sprout some seeds inside...even though it seems a bit late to be doing that. I figure it's worth a shot...atleast the birds and squirrels can't eat them if they're inside.
This past weekend the weather was gorgeous so I was able to spend lots of time outside and put in a bunch of plants...4 different kinds of bell pepper, sweet basil, cinnamon basil, thyme, oregano, chives, romaine and lettuce. I also got one more tomato plant and got all my tomatoes hung on the fence in the TopsyTurvy growers. Keeping my fingers crossed that they work like they show on tv. Perhaps I should have started with one this year to see how it goes. Oh, well! Nothing like jumping right in with 3! LOL If they do work, we are going to have tomatoes coming out our ears! Speaking of ears, reminds me of corn. And our corn is our best crop so far. All of the seeds I planted in the first round sprouted and are growing so nicely and they are roughly 4-5 inches tall now. It is so nice to look out the kitchen window and see them out there. Saturday I got the second round planted and am hoping they grow as well as the long as the blue jays or squirrels don't eat the seeds!
The other day Matt looked out the window and saw a squirrel digging in one of the beds. I ran outside and scared him out, and then he just sat under the lilac bushes. So I dashed into James' room and grabbed his air-soft pistol, but I have bad aim and the squirrel just sat there showing me his nice white belly while the pellets flew around him. Then he trotted off under the fence to the neighbor's yard! Grrrr! I seriously need to work on my aim...or maybe next time I'll grab hubby's AR-15. LOL We're just gonna have to build a frame over the boxes and put up some sort of netting to keep the critters out.
Anyway, that's what's been happening in the garden the past week or so.
Bed #1: Corn
Bed #2: Two tomatoes, cantaloupe, 4 hot chili peppers, 4 bell peppers, chives, yellow onions, and green onions.
Bed #3: Green beans, cinnamon basil, thyme, sweet basil, oregano, and carrots.
Bed #4: Cucumbers, Sugar snap peas, kale, swiss chard, lettuce, spinach, and romaine.

Cinnamon basil...smells soooo good! One of my favorite plants in the garden!


  1. Amber, this blog is so cute! I love the title and concept. Creating a home is a forgotten concept. This is lovely.

  2. Tell me how the Turvy things work. I almost bought some a few weeks ago.

  3. Thank you for your nice comments, Deanna. I've really been enjoying writing this blog. I will keep updates on the garden and let you know how the tomato growers work.