Saturday, 5-23-09 Growing a Garden

I had no idea how much work a garden is!  Troy and I moved into our new place a few months ago, and were delighted to find garden beds in the back yard.  My girl friend Judy says it looks like a graveyard in our back yard, and I have to admit she’s kinda right. 🙂 

Troy and I tried to grow an herb garden at the last place we lived, and quickly proved ourselves to be the grim reapers of plants.  Fortunately Mom grew up in Indiana growing, weeding, canning everything from green beans to peaches.  So the weekend before Easter my folks and my nephew came to stay with us and we started planting!  We put in tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, zucchini and squash.  I also planted green onions and carrots, but I think I got them into the ground too late.  We’ll try those again next year.

Dad and Cayle got the sprinkler workin’

And Andon cheered us on from on top of the picnic table

And look at it going now, just a month and a half later!  We’ve zucchini and squash enough to feed the neighborhood!

We still haven’t gotten a ripe tomato.  I think maybe something’s eating them before they ripen.  The green peppers have just started to grow, though! 

Cayle decided he wanted to plant daisies and sunflowers.  We have a small flower bed in the back of the yard that had a small gardenia plant and a palm on one side, so it was perfect to add the sunflowers and daisies to the other end!

sunflowers, daisies, a small gardenia bush and a small palm

sunflowers, daisies, a small gardenia bush and a small palm

Next Mom and I planted spearmint, regular mint, chocolate mint and pineapple mint in the bed under the tree by the back patio.  The chocolate mint smells just like an Andes mint!  The pineapple mint doesn’t smell like pineapple but it has pretty white and green leaves.  While walking out of Walmart on a whim I picked up a small, scraggly citronella plant.  I’ve since had to re-pot it – the thing is gigantic!  I’d like to get some more to put around the patio to keep the flies and skitos away.

At the other end of the bed we just planted Mexican heather last weekend.  We had to put the big, flat, white rocks between the plants ’cause Dude and Dobby kept digging there. 😦  Eventually we’ll add more mint.  The mint on the other end is already spreading and will fill up the space, too.

Mexican heather

Mexican heather

We put the arbor we got married under by the garden fence.  Mom planted hummingbird vines at each end of the arbor.  The vine should grow up and around the arbor, and will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. 🙂

little hummingbird vines at the base of our wedding arbor

little hummingbird vines at the base of our wedding arbor

Mom and I planted a yellow hibiscus next to the pool.  It gives it a fun, beachy feel to the area!  We planted a red one by the garage just to give that area a splash of color.  I’d like to get a couple of extra plants next year to add to the back yard.

hibiscus

hibiscus

hibiscus

hibiscus

 

Along one of the side fences I planted a blue and a purple morning glory vine.  The poor things almost didn’t make it.  They didn’t like being moved from their pots to the ground.  But after a couple of good rains they’re finally making a come-back!  Just yesterday I planted honeysuckle along the opposide side fence, but I haven’t taken any pics of them.  They don’t look like much yet, anyways.  Along the last fence I’d eventually like to plant jasmine, and a gardenia bush in the front yead, but those’ll have to wait for another paycheck.

morning glories

morning glories

 

morning glories

morning glories

 

With all the weeding and watering, they definitely fill up an hour or so after work everyday!  Friday after we took care of the plants, we jumped in the pool to cool off.  We have SO got it made! 🙂

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. emilythehopeless
    May 26, 2009 @ 07:03:37

    ooh i’m so jealous! we’re moving and starting a garden from scratch!!! good job, everything looks wonderful 🙂

    Reply

  2. iamstacey
    May 26, 2009 @ 15:58:42

    You should definitely plant a peach tree in Georgia! 🙂 I wish Texas could grow trees, but mesquite bushes are about as good as it gets.

    Reply

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