Growing a Garden

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyGardening isn’t something I’d ever thought I’d do. I figured I’d kill more plants than I’d grow. If we had to depend on whatever we grew, then we’d all starve. LOL.

We started small with the existing flower beds. Tomatoes and peppers were our gateway drugs veggies (yes, I know tomato is a fruit). And then the carrots—I never knew they could taste so good.

Then, one day my husband dug up a new garden that was 10 feet x 15 feet. Then, we expanded the areas along the back fence. Then, we began using the front flower beds. (Oh, yes, we did.)

A crazy thing happened in the last few years. (Yes, maybe more than one crazy thing happened.) Mostly, I discovered that growing food isn’t that hard to do. Just about everything can be planted and left alone until harvest.

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A few of this spring’s planting: onion, squash, and tomato.

We’re busy, so we spend a few hours to plant on a weekend or two for each season. After that, we do what we can:

  • Water the plants. Most plants can survive and thrive if you don’t water everyday, but don’t let them dry out.
  • Check for bugs. This one is annoying, especially during butterfly season. I don’t mind those as much as the squash bugs that can take kill all the squash and zucchini before you can harvest a single thing. The only solution is to squash the squash bugs. **SHIVER**
  • Harvest before the plants bolt (go to seed). As soon as leafy veggies get too warm, they send up the flowers and get bitter. If any bolt before you get to them, let them flower and feed the bees.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyI try to check on the progress everyday, but it doesn’t always work out. The plants will be there the next day—unless wild rabbits are eating them or it’s 105 and they need water.

Some plants need to be trained on the trellis so they don’t end up all over the yard (and destroyed by the lawn mower—some teenage boys aren’t very observant about what’s growing. Sigh.).

Right now, we have six kinds of tomato plants, three kinds of peppers, cucumbers, onions, spaghetti squash, zucchini, sweet potatoes, Peter Pan squash (couldn’t resist the name), acorn squash, and a variety of herbs. We have plans to add potatoes, green beans, and okra. Did I forget anything?

Two of the three asparagus beds are producing, the cauliflower is almost ready for harvest, and the brussel sprouts are sprouting. πŸ˜€

Growing a garden isn’t as scary or as difficult as I thought it would be. The flavor of the homegrown food is so much better than stuff in the produce section at the grocery store. I’m glad I got over my worries and started digging.

Do you garden? If so, what kinds of food to you grow?

20 comments on… “Growing a Garden”

  1. As someone who has been known to kill artificial plants (and I really think my local garden center is about to take out a restraining order!) I am so in awe of people who can grow things! Not only am I hampered by my brown thumb, but my previous attempts to grow veggies have been thwarted by feral cats, raccoons and deer. But this year I’m going to try planting things in pallets. (Darn Pinterest – it keeps giving me ideas and delusions of grandeur.) Maybe I can cover a pallet enough to keep out the wildlife. I’m going to use your garden as my inspiration, and maybe this time it’ll work. πŸ™‚


    • Diana Beebe


      Ooooh, those pallet gardens are so cool looking! I’ve heard tomato plants will help keep deer out because the leaves are toxic. I don’t have to worry about deer here, so I don’t know for sure. Let me know how it goes!

      Also, you made my day with your comment! {{{HUGS}}}

  2. This year gardening will be a little different as we’re in an apartment. But I’ll be planting herbs in a few pots—we have great southern exposure, so they’ll do great (as long as I remember to water them). We had two raised beds in our yard in our previous house, but they were in the wrong spot for what we planted—never got enough sun. We had one year of lots of green beans (in the corner that got the most sun) and the rosemary did well too. Some day I’d like to give it a try again. Good luck!


    • Diana Beebe


      Container gardening is fun. It’s amazing how much you can grow in a few well-placed pots! πŸ˜€

  3. garden grown is always better. my mom tended an awesome veggie garden and a beautiful rock garden when i was growing up. i definitely did not inherit her green thumb, but at least i got her love for being creative and crafty =)

    great g post! keep digging!


    • Diana Beebe


      Thanks for visiting! I’m having a great time meeting so many A to Z peeps. πŸ™‚


    • Diana Beebe


      Oh, your garden is way different. Very creepy! (Cool story though! Makes me wonder what else is going on there!) So glad you stopped by. πŸ™‚


  4. Sydney Aaliyah


    I have to admit, my gardening skills never got past growing a seed in a styrofoam cup in elementary school. Haha.

  5. I’m expanding my veggie/herb/kitchen garden this year, as Mr. G made me an 8 X 2 1/2 raised garden box last Sept. I’ve been waiting. I’m going to be tucking some edibles in the frontscape as well. Also, this just came across my Twitter this morning: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/container/plans-ideas/trellis-vertical-container-garden/?sssdmh=dm17.729920&esrc=nwgn032714t
    Mr. G, honey now has a new project. I’m going to try planting herbs that really like a lot of sun and strawberries on that trellis. This year, I’m experimenting with some heritage seeds and organic seeds. I’m pretty excited about that, too.
    You’re killing me, Diana. There is still ice and snow in my garden box and a small patch on the back lawn! Should be gone by the end of the week.


    • Diana Beebe


      I hope it thaws out for you soon, Elen. I don’t mean to taunt you with spring. When it’s 105 here, you’ll be cool and comfy. You can repay me then. πŸ˜‰ I look forward to seeing the photos you take of the new garden and the trellis garden! Thanks for sharing that. I love it!


    • Diana Beebe


      “The gardener terminator”–oh my! WyoJones has got his post-retirement all planned out, then? πŸ˜€

  6. I have a chat with things I plant. I’ll do my bit to keep ’em alive, but mostly, they’re on their own. Separates the weeds from the chaff!


    • Diana Beebe


      LOL. Too funny! πŸ˜€ I’ve heard saying nice things to plants make them happy.


    • Diana Beebe


      I’ve never tried to grow pumpkins. I’ve wanted to, but I get vetoed by the family every year. LOL. So nice to meet you, Charlotte!

  7. I really can’t wait until I own a place, or at least stay still for longer than 6 months, so I can grow a garden that’s *mine*.. I’d love to grow veg and herbs surrounded by sweet peas & sweet williams…

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