Monday, July 08, 2013
If you haven't tried gardening I say "give it a shot!" Start small and work from there - a cherry tomato plant and some basil works great. If you have a yard and can put in a garden (don't go too big at first until you get the hang of it & a sense of how much time you are willing to give) it's worth the effort. If you don't have a yard but have a patio or windowsill, you can still work with pots. So as I said, give it a try.
Our garden is looking very good right now. We're getting hot days, cool nights, and our water restrictions aren't too bad. So our tomatoes are blooming with some little tomatoes showing up, we've been enjoying our lettuce, kale and spinach (done for the rest of the hot summer), and last night we used a lot of the herbs in the garden (chives, dill, & lovage on our grilled salmon and in our salads).
And then there's my baby, the flower garden. The giant zinnias are beginning to bloom and the gladioli are nice and spiky
. The petunias are lovely but starting to show the stress of the heat by becoming sticky when deadheaded. There's some kind of little bug nibbling on them so I'm going to have to figure this out pretty quickly and do something about it. If you're new to gardening I recommend calibrochia as an easy, heat tolerant, drought tolerant plant for pots. They bloom and bloom and bloom with very little attention and come in so many different colors. Just gorgeous.
However, in every garden there are missteps and I've had mine this year. I had 3 pots just dry up and die on me....I have no idea what happened as I was home, paying attention to them but something just went wrong. Boom, dead plants to toss. Then I learned a trick of strong gardeners. You just replace those errors! I've got some coupons to a nearby nursery & I'll be making a run to get mid-season replacements for this year's casualties.
Anyway, I am enjoying the garden very much right now. It's so full of potential and gets me outdoors when I pull weeds, water, dead head and cut flowers for simple bouquets in the house. Our main garden surrounds a brick patio & pergola at the back of our yard and with these lovely evenings it's a wonderful place to sit and talk with a companion over a glass of wine.
Any other gardeners out there?