So far this year, the only thing contrary in my garden was the lettuce. I must have planted it too early and it got shocked by the up and down temperatures. Oh well, I bought a few replacement plants and my dad gave me some he had started. Both are doing well.
I have also planted plenty of herbs, along with radishes, beets, green onions and broccoli. From my parents, I got tomatoes, eggplant, jalapeño and red pepper. Last week, I planted seeds for yellow squash, round green zucchini and carrots. Hopefully I will be eating well this summer! Just stay away, bugs and squirrels!
Back at our tiny house on Avenel Avenue, we had a glorious back porch built by my dad and relatives, as well as a fairly large garden. We’d grow tomatoes, corn, peppers, eggplant, sunflowers, marigolds, beans, squashes and potatoes (those were always fun to dig up!). The garden had a little “L” piece, too. When we were young, Emma and I claimed that spot. We divided it in half (just like our shared bedroom, hard to do with bunk beds though). I remember trying to grow sweet crisp carrots and pretty pink radishes.
Of course, I didn’t like the radishes. They were peppery and crunchy. I liked sweet vegetables. No one else in my family really liked the radishes either. They probably made their way to the compost pile.
My very own garden. It’s exciting. No, it may not be an actual in-the-ground garden, since I’m renting and didn’t want to/couldn’t till up a spot in the backyard. My garden is instead an assortment of containers and pots and recycled wood turned into square boxes.
I planted an assortment of lettuce seeds back at the very end of November when the mercury was creeping up. When the temperatures dropped down to their early spring temperatures, I brought the planters into our laundry room or mudroom overnight.
Unfortunately, the little lettuce plants never grew over about an inch. I am not sure what happened, perhaps thy didn’t get enough sunlight. But I picked up some lettuce seedlings from the farmers’ market and hopefully they will be able to fill my salad bowl the rest of the season.
Stop, pests, stop! I don’t want to share with you! I want this cilantro for myself, and the tiny lettuce plants that you have been trying to dig up are mine too. I know you will continue to work your way into my garden throughout the summer, and I will have to fight with you to get to my tomatoes first. But can’t you just leave these tiny plants alone so they can have a chance to survive? I have grand plans for these herbs and greens, and I have invested time and money in them. So please, just leave my plants alone!