One of my dreams is to be a fantastic gardener and have a huge fruit and vegetable garden, possibly even a small greenhouse, from which we grow most of our food. It’s a big dream, folks. For starters, we don’t yet have that much land. Someday maybe. Second, I’m a complete newbie.
This season is my second shot at gardening ever. Two years ago it was a bunch of containers on the deck at our duplex. The hot peppers did well, as did the cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and lettuce. All else failed, including broccoli, bell peppers, and a few other experiments.
This year, we’re in a new home. We spruced up the existing raised bed in the back and put in some strawberries, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, and two blueberry bushes on the side. Out front, we filled in some spaces with strawberries and flowers and three big hanging baskets full of flowers. Pretty. The side of our driveway was a giant ditch, so we filled it in and made it a raised bed, putting in three grape plants and some tomato plants. We also put in a huge row of arborvitae all along the back fence to eventually block out the weird semi-abandoned nursery behind us. My parents did a ton of the work to help me out on this project, by the way. Big thanks to them. Here are some pictures.
It’s great! However, there’s a problem: new season, new house, same brown thumb. I would love to chalk it up to the bad weather, but I’m not sure if I can. The pea plants seem to be growing but have a brown base that is spreading. The strawberries aren’t producing fruit starts. One cucumber is completely dead. Look close – it’s there, blending in with the dirt.
On a brighter note, the ditch garden seems to be thriving, there are a few patches of lemon balm (great for teas or cleansing baths) that were already there, and these tall and beautiful white irises from the farmhouse next door are peeking through the fence!
It’s a good garden.