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.
The 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
Another 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.
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 snow peas. Aren’t they pretty?
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. 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 and Green Basil. I love love love Basil. Bring on the Pesto!!
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.
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.