If I Plant It, It Will Grow – Learning as I Grow

Square Foot Garden - Shade Dome

Square Foot Gardening

This is my second year of vegetable/square foot gardening and my garden continues to amaze me. As my garden grows, I continue to learn.

Shade Cover

LettuceThe latest addition to my garden is that space age dome shaped thing.  What in the world is it for??  I will be putting a shade screen cover over it so that I can enjoy lettuce all summer. Lettuce does not do as well in the heat of summer as it is quicker to bolt and will turn bitter tasting.  Without a shade for your lettuce you can kiss all those awesome fresh salads goodbye.  And how sad would that be?!

Living in the Present Moment

Green Snow PeasAnother lesson that can be found in the garden is learning to live in the present moment.  Everything is constantly changing in a garden and if you don’t take a moment to savor moments such as the soft white buds on a snow pea and the peas just beginning to take shape, it will pass you by.  A seasoned gardener knows to pay attention in the here and now, because a few hours later it will not be the same.  A garden is full of reminders that life is transient and you had better enjoy it now.

Growing Vertically

Growing Vertical

This year I’m trying something new in my square foot garden.  I’m growing summer squash vertically.  Yes, you heard correctly!  Not only does it save space in the garden, but it is healthier for the squash as they are not laying on the ground, more prone to disease.

Pictured in the lower right is Nasturtium.  The flowers (once they bloom) are edible as well as the leaves.  I thought how cool and pretty would that be to add edible flowers to my salads.

Some of the Vegetables I’m Growing

Purple Snap Peas

Purple snow peas.  Aren’t they pretty?

Snow Peas

These are the tomatoes I started from seed.  I’m so happy to see they are doing well!  It’s hard to believe all my vegetables started from a tiny seed.

Bush Cucumbers

Bush cucumbers.  The description said they are bush cucumbers and I was thinking great I won’t have to trellis them!  That picture was taken about a week ago and they are quickly getting big.  I’m not so sure they are truly “bush cucumbers”.

Purple Basil

Basil

Purple and Green Basil.  I love love love Basil.  Bring on the Pesto!!

Kale

I started my Kale inside from seed this year and it has absolutely flourished!  I tried Kale Chips for the first time this year and I have to agree with the majority … they are awesome!

I’m also growing beans, carrots, arugula, swiss chard and radish.

Learning to Live With Rabbits

This year I put up a tall fence around my beds to keep out the rabbits.  Wow … did I have a lot to learn!!  I got up one morning and went outside to look at the garden and to my utter shock and surprise there was a rabbit in the middle of the garden staring back at me!  The rabbit got through a 2 inch opening … if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I would not have believed it!!  And the rabbits in my yard are fat! The rabbit(s) had fun eating all of my Edamame (so sad … I planted these for the first time and they were doing great) “were” being the operative word.  So I waged war against the rabbits.  I put in chicken wire on the lower part all around the fence this past weekend.  Now I know for sure rabbits cannot get through chicken wire.  I came home on Monday and the first thing I saw when I pulled in the driveway was a rabbit staring me down and he/she didn’t look very happy.  Later that evening I discovered that why the rabbit looked so unhappy and why it had tried to dig under my fences.  I was sitting down by the garden and saw some activity in the garden and much to my surprise this is what I discovered – 5 babies.  The mother had made a nest in one of my tomato squares.Tiny Baby Bunny

They are only about 4 inches long and oh so cute.  Maybe I will have to learn to make peace with rabbits; at least little cute babies.

Happy Gardening

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21 thoughts on “If I Plant It, It Will Grow – Learning as I Grow

  1. Cute baby rabbit and beautiful garden!! I am also trying to grow vertical summer squash this summer but my plants seem to be doing their best to grow away from the trellis and over top of my basil plants! Have you come up with any tricks to get the squash to grow vertically? (Just lots of ties and supports?) Thanks!

    • Thanks! The baby is really cute!! I saw 2 of them hopping around this morning, luckily they were outside the garden. 🙂 I haven’t come up with any tricks for vertical growing yet. I used 60 lb. weight vegetable netting and have been gently pushing the stems through the holes. So far, so good but I don’t have any heavy veggies growing yet. Good luck with your garden – I’m sure they will do great!

  2. OK, Girlfiend..don’t let those cute babies fool you! They’ll be back feasting on “their garden” before you know it! LOL! Everthing looks great – we grow our cucumbers UP and at first they just don’t like it. But with enough “encouragement”, they finally give in to our prompting!

  3. Wow, what a lovely vegetables patch, I just adore it.
    I have my vegetable patch, but not too big in my garden, they’re growing happy there.
    Have you got the slug and snail problem in your garden, how can you treat them?
    Your purple sweet peas so interesting, I haven’t seen it before in England!

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