My Big Girl Garden!

One positive thing about our sudden move was the fact that our renter let me dig up a plot for a small garden. I was beyond stoked! I dug up a roughly 4′ x 10′ area. Now it probably would have been easier to rent a tiller but I’m stubborn and frugal and I wanted to do it all myself. So, with a shovel and a hoe and a good 3 hours of my life I hacked up the ground for my garden. My back and abs were sore for days, so nice workout-ish bonus there. I wanted to start off fairly small so that I didn’t overwhelm myself and decide to quit gardening altogether. Once I had my area prepared, I planted some roma tomato plants, a couple other heirloom tomatoes, pole beans, bush beans, bell pepper, jalapeno, Serrano, cayenne, carrots, sugar snap peas, okra, zucchini, and lettuce. Looking back I probably (I did) put too much in one area, but it has been a fun first year experiment. The okra and a lot of the bush beans I planted didn’t come up. I probably planted them too deep. Who knows, but I’ll try again next year. Another huge plus is our neighbor is a master gardener! :O How cool is that?! Anywho, our neighbors are awesome, and I try not to shamelessly pester him with gardening questions every time I see him in the yard.

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Here’s my baby! It’s quite small right now, but it gets sprawling and huge later.

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My tomatoes went crazy! One of my roma plants got so big it toppled the tomato cage over, so I’ve got it propped up with a stick now.

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My roma’s are producing pretty heavily now! I’m planning on making some homemade tomato sauce with them, so I’ll keep y’all posted on how it turns out.

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I only planted about six snap pea plants, because I didn’t know how much they would yield. Turns out, not too much, at least in my case. Here’s my meager crop that I put in a stir fry. They were delicious and crunchy! I will definitely plant more next year.

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I was so proud of my zucchini plants and then *sniff* some squash bugs got hold of them. Of course, I didn’t know that’s what they were but my neighbor identified them for me.

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Here’s one of the little frickers! They totally destroyed my zucchini plants and I was so sad! Am still sad. They have a sucking mouthing, sort of like a mosquito, and they penetrate the stem and deprive the leaf of the nutrients that the roots are sending up to them. Therefore, the leaves die first.

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They lay their eggs on the bottoms of the leaves.

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It is so cool to be able to walk out into the garden and get my own produce and then be able to eat something that I grew. I’m having a great first year so far, and I can’t wait to expand my garden next year and plant even more things. Have a blessed day!