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Monday, July 20, 2009
How does our garden grow?
Finally, after weeks of rain, we have had a few good days. A few of the plants in our garden are starting to show promise of producing fruit and veggies.
Our garden, as I may have mentioned, is just an experiment. We have not planted one in probably 20 years, but this year we decided to give it a try. Our soil is poor. Mr. T cut some trees to allow more sunlight to reach the garden plot, but it's still too shady in some parts and too sunny in others. And then of course, all that rain...
A number of our plants died, and almost all of our squash seeds (both summer and winter types) as well as cucumber seeds, evidently rotted in the ground.
But finally there are some blossoms on the surviving plants.
Here's a buttercup squash blossom. There are more coming along. Tomato blossoms. Blue Lake green bean blossoms. Bright orange marigolds. We like to plant these along the edges of the garden to help with pests. Sadly, some of our marigolds died, too. And last but not least, this is our first harvest from our garden -- some delicious leaf lettuce! And that's how our garden is growing!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.