Monday, May 11, 2009

sad, confused garden?

I thought I knew something about gardening after living at an ecovillage for a few months as a teenager, and "helping" my mom out every year with hers. Turns out it's the tending and harvesting I know about, the planting I have very little clue. So true to my style I jumped in without doing much research. On their recent visit my mother and grandmother laughed until they almost peed their pants when they saw my carrots growing in a flat... I ended up transplanting carrot seedlings, peas, chamomile barely a millimetre long, mesculin mix, and broccoli. My grandmother inevitably asks how my garden is going and bursts into peals of laughter whenever she calls.

Laugh all you want, but some of those carrots and ALL the peas and broccoli have survived being scooped up by a spoon. I probably wouldn't plant them in flats again because by the time they were big enough to transplant their roots had grown sideways and tangled with each other, it was quite the delicate operation.

The plot of land we are using is not ideal. It's on the northish side of the house and doesn't get the most sun, plus the huge bushes soak up what's left, but I am glad to have any space at all. Here you see my pale tomato, one of the five varities I have. I have really no space for the 30 other tomatoes growing in four packs on my doorstep. Does anyone have any tips on growing millions of tomatoes in pots and in very little space?

And when the time comes I will need to learn how to can tomatoes and pasta sauce, no idea. Maybe I will also make our famous family relish. Photo coming soon I promise.

Ok here is my very first "envelope style" cushion cover. It's a bit crooked,I didn't measure anything, didn't have sewing shears or a pattern, but it works. What can I say, I was anxious to try my new-to-me and very first singer sewing machine.
Hmm somehow I ended up with two photos of strawberry plants and no sad tomato, still trying to understand this blog photo thing. No success trying to post from flickr, any tips?

1 comment:

  1. I think your plants are looking pretty good. Perhaps you could put your sad tomato in a pot. It needs sun!! Good luck with your gardening attempts. You don't learn anything without a few mistakes.



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