Originally Posted by cagnew
I wasn't able to keep up with my garden. I worked so hard on it in the beginning, but then once i started feeling crummy I just couldn't seem to make myself go out in the heat and do what was needed. And the neighbors sprayed round-up on the fence line, killing my cuc's.
BUT... I have a ton of watermelon and cantaloupe that have somehow managed to keep growing nicely, so I am looking forward to those! And some of our sunflowers are blooming and they are so pretty. This is the first time I've planted sunflowers
You know, before I was even pg, I happened to commit to keeping the garden low-key. The first and last time I gardened was five years ago, and I went hog wild. I had no clue what I was doing, and we lived on a 1/3 acre at the time, so I had stuff everywhere. It led to major gardener burnout! I was too scared to do anything for the next few years, but this year, I finally decided enough was enough, and I committed to a small garden.
So, all that to say, I thankfully don't have that much to maintain. It also helps that I often send my 8.5 y/o out to do the watering. I have slacked on pruning and keeping my vines maintained. I was supposed to grow my melons vertically, but I never got around to hanging the trellis netting, so those vines are spilling out everywhere. Whoops!
I would be so upset if my neighbors killed something of mine! I'm glad you brought that up, though, because I need to ask mine if they spray anything. I've been thinking of planting lavender on our property line in the front yard. Our neighbor is extremely particular about his well-manicured yard (poor guy lives next to us...DH mows like every six weeks, and the previous owners' roses that are currently on the prop line look pathetic most of the time!), and I wouldn't be surprised if he sprays chemicals.
Melons are so great at not needing much tending!
This is my first year with sunflowers, too. I planted Russian mammoths, which I assumed would be big...I didn't know until a few weeks ago that they reach 7-12 feet!!! A couple are looking like they are going to start forming a head now, and the stalks are probably 7.5 feet or so. I can't wait to take pictures of us next to them when they are mature!
Originally Posted by TeeThatsMe
I LOVE set-it-and-forget-it plants like those,
. Watermelon and canteloupe are going to be so nice in the dog days of August.
I haven't done a ton of tending, but some of our vegetables have still done okay--we should have a decent crop of carrots and beans, and our kale and broccoli have miraculously kept producing (on a super-small scale, but still--they're alive and edible stuff is on them!). And we might harvest one single beautiful tomato at the end of the summer, if something doesn't come along and eat it before then.
This is our first year gardening, so I'm calling it a win.
Next year I am doing watermelon and that is a promise!
I love growing watermelon. I get giddy and call the kids out each time I see a new one growing!
Originally Posted by entiti
Yay for thriving gardens!
I'm starting to see my cucs blossom, too....so precious
And we've got a forest of tomatoes, which makes me happy.....AND I was actually able to eat a salad today!
I want a forest of tomatoes! I have seven tomato plants, and most of them have produced squat. The ones that did only gave me a handful of cherry tomatoes. Some of my friends are having issues this year, too, so maybe it's something going on in my area.
Five years ago, I went crazy and planted twenty tomato plants. Half of them were determinate Romas. I had never canned before, but convinced myself that I was going to learn that summer. I remember harvesting over two hundred tomatoes one day. Unfortunately, we were getting ready to go camping for a week, and I didn't have time to prep and can before we left. Having a 3.5 y/o and a 1.5 y/o didn't help, and I was pg to boot! I wanted to try to knock the tomatoes out when we got back, but major fires in the area (it had been 114*ish for that week) helped me land a lung infection, and I was really sick for a month. We sure did eat a lot of tomato salad, but we couldn't use them all.
So, I guess tomatoes are an all or nothing deal for me! Lol
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