Saturday, June 7, 2008
i have taken so many pictures of my garden over the last couple of weeks, but for some reason by the time i get ready to blog about it, the pictures are outdated. and now i have some bad news: we have not had rain in so long, so now some of my plants are dying. (in the pictures of my sunflower patch at the top of the post, you can see that giant yellow crickets have been munching away, which is part of the problem i'm sure.)
my butternut squash, which i planted from seed and had 5 or 6 healthy plants sprout, are completely dead.
my cucumber plants are on their very last leg, although i have to say they are still hanging in there for now. the bell pepper that i was waiting and waiting on to turn from green to yellow...well i picked it this morning and it's half yellow, half green, and inedible: rotten.
i do have 4 peppers on the other plant that are green and trying to turn red; we'll see.
the only thing i have really harvested so far are tons of grape tomatoes.
and i have a couple of rutgers heirloom tomatoes growing as well:
BUT there is a glimmer of hope in all this bad news: i have baby watermelons growing! here's the biggest one:
in other gardening news, i have a potted hydrangea on my porch. i thought it had died last fall; all the leaves got black spots on them and it looked just awful. so i stopped watering and worrying about it. lo and behold, about 3 or 4 weeks ago, i started to see tiny green leaves on it, and now look at it!
i don't have a before shot, but i promise, folks, this thing was BARE. amazing now, isn't it?
i swear that anything i grow is because of sheer luck. seriously. but i'm still excited and proud when it happens.
ok, the reason for this post title isn't just because of gardening...it's also because i just got these in the mail last night:
i just ordered two for starters, which i know won't go very far, but it will give me a chance to see if i can really do this. for some reason, i am almost terrified to even try. i'm afraid i will have bodily fluids all over the place. then i remind myself that before about 30 years ago, we ALL wore these things, and not these fancy pants ones, but the old-fashioned one-layer ones with (gasp!) clothes pins that could poke us! oh my!
anyway, i'm hoping i will feel confident once i start using them, and then i'll add to my collection and finally can stop feeling so guilty about all the waste i'm adding to landfills. i'll let you know how it goes.
and keep your fingers crossed that my baby watermelon grows to see adulthood so it can be eaten and then finally i won't feel like all the money i've spent on plants, seed, fertilizer, and water won't have been for naught.
have a great weekend everyone!
Posted by kristi at 12:38 PM