Tuesday, June 7, 2011


I did a bit of gardening this morning. It's getting to be so awfully hot outside and it's still so dry - our rains haven't kicked in yet. The aphids are running amok and sucking the life out of my tomatoes.
I pulled all the cucumbers and pumpkins out. They were pretty much gone anyway. And I mercilessly trimmed all the tomatoes of dead or diseased growth. We have eaten, probably, the last big haul of tomatoes, but there are still a surprising number of green ones out there. I think I'll call this year a success for tomatoes!
We have counted and re-counted and my pink lemon tree has 11 lemons on it. I am so excited about it! Also, I've managed to grow some fine-looking watermelons.
The sweet potato slips all got into the dirt today and our bell peppers are blooming fiercely.
I have learned that there are some things I am just not good at growing (squash and cukes) and some things I do well with (watermelon, peppers, sweet potatoes). And then there are the tomatoes. They are a category unto themselves. They take a lot of work, but I really like them.
I'm pleased with how much we've eaten from our garden this spring and with how our harvest dictated our menus a bit. I hope this trend will only grow from here.

Daily Bliss: hearing Andrew's teachers express how sad they are to see him graduate and how proud they are of his middle school career
Wake-up Playlist: I Feel it All, Feist


Mary said...

I am so happy for you. You've put so much work into making that garden something that works for you. What a rewarding effort.

60ish and Glad said...

Oh to have gardening success at something. My beautiful beef steak tomato - eaten in half by my varmit

Amy Button said...

My love/hate relationship with pumpkins is well documented. I'm sorry it didn't turn out the way you wanted it to but thankfully you can buy some in the fall.

Your success with watermelons tempts me to try. Although things with vines take up so much room. I'm trying squash this year, we'll see how it goes.