About this blog

With the generous help of my grandma, I am spending this spring and summer learning how to garden
by plunging in headfirst. This blog is a narrative of my adventures.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Weeds, Onions, and Some Pretty Flowers

I got rid of all the clover and crab grass that had crept its way into the upper garden. The poor carrots were all tangled up in clover, so now the garden is looking much better. I also put a fresh layer of leaves under the tomatoes.

I harvested the lettuce from the lower garden. It all seemed to survive, though some of it is kind of stunted. It's probably nearly radioactive with all the chemicals running off from the country club during the flood, but I'll try it. And look...it's an onion!
I pulled up some of the weeds around them and they're doing better than I thought. I have some questions about onions for anyone who cares to answer. First of all, do they like this tropical rainforest weather or are they just extraordinarily hardy? Secondly, is the onion supposed to stick out of the ground like that or has the rain washed away the soil? Lastly, how do I know when to harvest them?

Since I didn't have a lot of interesting things to photograph today, I thought I would show you how beautiful Grandma's garden looks right now:

Monday, June 18, 2012

Checking In

I've been rather busy of late so I haven't even visited my vegetables for about two weeks, let alone done any gardening. Today I managed to stop by and see how things are doing. I'm afraid I found the lower garden in a worse state than when I last saw it. The few peas and broccoli that had been clinging to life are gone and I only see three scraggly little onions. Grandma says if the foliage is healthy then the edible part underneath the soil is fine too, but I don't know if they're going to hold out much longer.

The upper garden, on the other hand, is very happy. I need to do some weeding and replace the leaf bed under the tomatoes, but everything is growing well. The heat is favoring the eggplants and peppers, as you can see from this eggplant:
 The carrots are growing like weeds as well, and there are bunches of green tomatoes, some round and some pear-shaped.
While it's turned out to be a much smaller operation than I originally intended, it's still going well, all things considered.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


There's not too much going on these days, but I did give my tomatoes a little bit of attention yesterday. Their bed needed fluffing so I poured a flesh layer of leaves around them. One of them is already growing a tiny green tomato!

Grandma was also kind enough to plant some more lettuce and spinach for me. It may not do well in this heat, but it can't hurt to try.

This might be the least exciting blog post since Al Gore invented the Internet. Sometimes gardens just don't do anything worth writing about. Thanks for reading anyway.