Monday, November 10, 2008

Getting the Itch...

Hopefully sometime in the near future I will get around to cleaning out the old remnants of the past garden and get down to business. I think I've only been in a close proximity to my garden maybe 3 times since Ginger has been born... but from the looks of it my tomato plant is living on. We'll see what happens.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


So, as much as I need a break from gardening, I am really eager to get back to setting up my garden again because of a new process the government has approved. Irradiating is a new process where food companies will use radiation to rid certain vegetables of bacteria, such as E. coli. By using the radiation, majority of the nutrients in the vegetables will be eliminated. Along, with that, who knows what eating radioactive produce will do to our bodies, especially the bodies of our children. So, the way around buying produce that has been through "chemo-therapy" is to buy Organic (or grow your own). Organic produce will not go through the irradiation process. If you think this is an important issue, you can click on this link to tell the government to shove it. :) 

Monday, September 1, 2008


Since Ginger is due soon and I don't have a whole lot doing well right now... I have decided to let the garden take a break. I'm going to clear out most of it this week and just leave my tomato plant, pumpkins, watermelon, 1 zucchini, and the basil. I'll start fresh for spring planting and hopefully will have a few new tricks to help me do better. I do have to say that I am pleased with how my first try at gardening went. We had broccoli, carrots, onions, zucchini, kale, sweet peas, cilantro, basil, rosemary, and spearmint. I think we will have some really nice pumpkins just in time for halloween. 
Check back in spring!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Under Attack!!!

So the garden is under siege! I have ants coming in for breakfast, lunch & dinner and every snack in between. I started out with a combination of sugar and borax around the edge of my garden so I'm going to see how that works. I have an mix to make with essential oils, but I think since Ginger is due in less than a month, I'm kind of letting the garden do it's thing :( However, I'm sad because the ants found my corn and I was so excited because my corn was doing so awesome. I tried to clean them out really well, but time will tell who won.
I also have a problem with my squash. I have the white powdery mold (or whatever it is) on the leaves of some of my squash plants. I need to do something about this asap or I'm going to have to remove all of my squash. I found a mix to make to spray on the leaves, but again have been too lazy to do anything. When I was at Whole Foods I found a spray for the leaves, but when I saw it was $13, I didn't really want to buy it. I figured my own was cheaper. Well now being hugely pregnant and just getting sick, I'm wishing I would have got the stinkin' spray. So hopefully, everything survives and I get out there to water everything before it dies. 

Monday, July 21, 2008


Here are some pictures...

          The first baby pumpkin

The pumpkins

I'm going to see if they grow up the trellis

Sweet peas, onions, tomatoes, kale, lettuce, carrots, beets

Spearmint, basil, rosemary, corn (waiting for the bell peppers, broccoli & cilantro to show up)




more squash

The first baby watermelon

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Attack of the Sweet Pea Monster

While I was watering my garden the other day, the sweet pea monster struck!!! She ate all of the sweet peas off the vine in a matter of 10 minutes. The only evidence that she was there besides the lack of a single sweet pea left on the vine, was the sprinkle of sweet pea casings on the ground that she shelled the peas from. She does love her veggies :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


I have some beautiful summer squash, watermelon and pumpkin plants coming up. They are doing so well and look so much better than the rest of my garden. I'm wondering if it's the location of the box? They have morning shade and my other boxes have full sun all day. I'm thinking maybe I should put up something to create a little bit of shade for the rest of the garden. I've got beets, tomatoes, new sweet peas, new corn and lettuce coming up too. I had to replant my corn after Presley ate it:( I am having a heck of a time getting my bell peppers to take off. They start to break through the soil and then die off. I've replanted them 3 times. Any advice??

Friday, May 16, 2008

New Stuff

So, for Mother's Day I got what I wanted.... Damin built me a new box. It's just a small one 1'x7'. I'm going to plant watermelon and some squash in it. I read somewhere that you can get watermelon to grow up a trellis and it's not too heavy. I like the idea that it's up off the ground saving some space (not like I don't have space to spare). So, we'll see how that goes. I'm going to plant them today when Damin gets home from work. And I'll take a picture too... Although I have to say that a picture a few weeks back would have been great when my peas were doing wonderful and before I picked a lot of my carrots... but at least you can see how it's coming along. 
P.S. Presley loves the garden too. She thinks the sweet peas are delicious and was part of the demise of my plant, but also thinks the carrots are great too:)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Broccoli Help

Can anyone offer me help with thinning my broccoli??

Friday, May 9, 2008

Getting Back Into It

So, after we have been able to eat some of our hard work, I planted some more seeds yesterday. I know, there is no method to my madness in regards to following the rules of gardening... I just plant when I feel like it and hope it grows. I'm going to call it "Wishful Gardening." I think a lot of beginners garden this way, I just feel comfortable admitting it. So what I planted was beets, zucchini, more onions, Roma tomatoes, basil... and I think that's it for now. I really need to figure out what to do with my two broccoli plants. They are getting huge and out of control. I need to look up how to thin them. 
I'm hoping for Mother's Day, Damin will fund a renovation of the rest of the garden since it was overtaken by weeds, or help me clear them so I can plant my watermelon & pumpkins (which I know I'm late starting). If I was smart I would start the seeds inside today to get them going.
And, as I always promise, I'll post a picture soon. I think I might actually do that today, or at least try to take the picture today.
Happy Spring Everyone!!!

Monday, May 5, 2008

The Harvest

So we've been picking our crop lately, we have amazing sweet peas and Sydney loves the broccoli. We just picked a bunch of carrots today. Our corn is coming up really well, but my peppers are taking forever to do anything. They seem to be the same size for the past month. I recently planted kale & romaine lettuce. We're going to plant some pumpkins, which I should have already planted, but oh well. I have some regular pumpkin seeds to plant, but I also saved some seeds last year from a white pumpkin I had and from a bright orange pumpkin. I saved the seeds correctly :) I'm super motivated to get out there and spruce up my garden and clear all the dying weeds, but I can barely water the garden and pick what's ripe without Sydney trying to dig up a baby plant. I'll get there.
Well, here is a picture of Sydney with her harvest of carrots.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

I'm A Loser

So again it's been forever since the last time I've posted anything. I've been meaning to post a picture of my backyard that looks like the Amazon. It is so rundown with weeds shoulder high, that I've had a hard time motivating myself. But, lately some of my plants really took off. I think the warmer temperature helped a lot. We've been able to enjoy cilantro, broccoli, and just today Sydney and I enjoyed sweet peas while we watered the garden. They were so delicious! There is something so exciting about eating something you grew yourself.
I also had a little bit of help in my garden the past week. The wonderful Brady Moreno helped moved some stones into the garden and it really made it look great. There is still a long way to go, but I'm getting there. I still have a ton of weeds that I need to clean out around the garden area, move my compost to a new location and fix my fence... but it will get done (hopefully). Being pregnant makes it just a tad more difficult, not to mention Sydney... who just tried to dig up our brand new sweet pepper plant that finally made an appearance last week.
Well, I'll get my butt in gear and post some pictures soon. I love how my sweet peas are looking. Plus, I'll post a picture of the attack of the monster weeds :)
Ciao for now!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What Can I Say?

I'm so lazy. I've been a terrible gardener lately. I've been trying to get out there and keep an eye on everything, but I have had such trouble with little Miss Busy Body. She thinks the boxes are sandboxes to play in, which makes it so hard to keep her out. And when she is playing in the rest of the yard while I'm doing something, she is always up to no-good. She's a lot faster now and it makes it harder for me to get to her in time when things go south. Also, with all the rain we had recently, I have some insane weeds growing around my garden and need to get out there and strike them down before they overtake the garden. It's all probably no big deal and I'm just a complainer, but boy oh boy it' hard to get things down out there.