Monday, August 30, 2010

Food Frozen In Time: Basil in the Garden

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My Green Beans and Tomato Came Back!!!!!

I was in my garden yesterday evening after the long awaited and much need rain came and I noticed something that made me smile. My green bean plants, the ones I thought wouldn't make it now have many green beans on them. I saw one or two a few days ago, but it has gown many since. And my tomato plant.... has grown a leaf!  Yippee! Yippee! I also think a carrot, two radishes and some lettuce is growing. If it all succeeds this season I can make a yummy salad out of cucumbers (this is taking off like crazy), tomato, carrots, radishes and lettuce. I'm crossing my fingers.

Monday, August 9, 2010

I Used My Rain Barrel Today

I used my rain barrel today. It was quite comical. There I was pulling weeds from my back garden when I glanced over at the barrel and noticed about an inch of water inside. So, I slid it close to the squash and then dumped the water out near the squash. Yes, in this heat and through my neglect it is still alive (barely) and so is the cucumber.

One day I promise I will actually find some time to fix that rain barrel so that it can collect more rain if it ever rains. Between kids and work and laziness there after I'm too pooped to go out in the garden and it's so hot outside and the mosquitoes are evil.... Yes, I know, "Excuses! Excuses!"

My accomplishments in the garden are as rare as the rain here, but like the rain when I'm out there I'm pouring.

Food Frozen In Time: Summer Harvest

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Pumpkin From A Green Thumb

I have a green pumpkin sitting near my window. My neighbor who gave it to me said it would turn orange in a few days. I have yet to see any harvest from my garden.

I also passed by her house the other day and noticed her orange tree, filled with green oranges. Below it a line from the mailbox to her house of flourishing plants. Sure there were weeds throughout, but it was all thriving.

My hope is that one day I will have the time and the green thumb to make a garden flourish. Well, I don't have a problem with herbs and I don't have a problem with a variety of other plants, but vegetable plants are so fragile and the heat and humidty in this region...

How then can she and the neighbor across my street and a few other people I know manage to make their vegetable gardens grow so well in this temperature? Is it time? They all are quite a bit older than me and have a bit more time (no kids to tend to) to garden than I do. Is it experience? Because they're older they have learned over time what works and what doesn't. Is really green thumb and only a few people have it? Maybe I have a light green thumb.

I'll figure it out eventually...