Garden Update

Growing up my family had a huge garden.  Mom, Dad, Sister and I all worked in the garden.  In my teenage years, I remember the garden being more Mom and I’s project.  We also did all the putting up of vegetables and sweet corn we got from the neighbor.  It was a mission that Mom and I tackled and enjoyed doing together.

These are pictures of my tomatoes!

This spring I had the idea of plating a container type garden.  I have learned a lot.  The most important lesson I have learned is that Mom is the true gardener and I am a good weed puller.

Tomatoes and Peppers ~ I planted these in the a the same container, a rear wheel tractor rim.  The tomatoes took over and are a tangle of vines.  I do have tomatoes setting on and  I hope they ripen.  Next year I am going to spread the plants out more and use tomato cages.

I transplanted the pepper to another container, a front wheel tractor rim, and they are stilled stalled out.  Next year I will start them out in their own container.

Lettuce, Peas and Zucchini from Miss B’s garden. She planted Pumpkins and Dill too.

The pumpkins are in a small tractor rim and looked good for a while.  This rim is located in a nook of the house next to the air conditioner.  The air/heat coming off the A/C is not favorable for  plants.  I will have to move this container before next spring.

Miss B’s pretty flowers.

I planted spinach in a large tractor rim and Fritz pretty much took care of any prospective salad I had hoped for.  I replanted with cilantro.  I think the heat got the best of my intentions.

All in all my attempt at gardening has not been favorable.  I do recognize some of my mistakes and will try again next year.  In the mean time, I will take Miss B up on her offer and rade her garden for produce.  I  may need to ask her for advice too!

If you want to share, I am willing to take suggestions!  Thank You in advance.


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15 Responses to Garden Update

  1. I have been gardening for years and years and still learn something new each and every gardening season 🙂


  2. After three years I finally found a garden spot this year with favorable soil, and things were going well, until it started with the 100+ heat everyday. Sorry, but I’m not going to be out there busting my butt when it’s that hot, plus no matter how much I watered the plants just gave up. I have a few peppers going still, but that’s about it. I figure by the time I’m about 50 I’ll have it down 🙂

    • Robyn says:

      Jamie, the Rancher and I were talking about the garden dilemma morning. He said the same thing, it’s just so hot. I am frustrated, but ready to try again.

      This hot is starting to bother me. I don’t want to be outside in 100* heat. I can’t really bake/cook because I don’t want to heat up the house. I should be doing this stuff first thing in the morning, but I have to go to work. Sounds like early next week we will get a small cool down, that will help my enthusiasm.

      • I know! I feel like I’ve wasted the last two summers because it’s just to hot to do anything outside! You can’t do anything without having a heat stroke – maybe next summer will be better (fingers crossed)?

  3. alicia says:

    Wow! Those are some beauties of tomatoes! Now I need to go check my son’s garden. He’s just had his first harvest and it’s so exciting! Thanks so much for linking to our Summer Party!

  4. Anne Kimball says:

    Hi Robyn, I’m Anne, from Life on the Funny Farm. Found you thru Deborah Jean’s Blog Hop. I have a small garden that I’ve expanded this year to a new spot, which includes pumpkins and sweet potatoes. I’m so excited! Nice to “meet” you!

    • Robyn says:

      I really wanted a few pumpkins to decorate this fall. I have never grown sweet potatoes, hope you have good luck, Anne.

  5. Lisa Sall says:

    I think your plants are trying to tell you that you are a good gardener,”look at us we’re huge – next year just give us more
    room than these tractor rims!” Looks like you’ll be feasting on some tomatoes soon! Thanks for sharing at Farm Fresh Friday!

  6. Abi says:

    Well, your tomatoes look beautiful, even if your garden didn’t turn out as well as you hoped!

  7. Candy C. says:

    Every year is different for gardening. What works well one year may not be so good the next. It is a lifelong learning experience for sure! 🙂
    I agree with what Lisa said, you may just need more room for each plant. I made that mistake with my first garden because the plants just didn’t look “that” big when I planted them! LOL!!

    • Robyn says:

      Great minds think alike, Candy. The plants just didn’t look “that” big when I planted them. Yup that’s me. I keep telling J my ideas for next year, so I am learning and brainstorming.

  8. I haven’t had much luck with gardens either. Last year, I planted 6 tomato plants, 1 eggplant plant, dill, mint, basil, and chives (some of the heartiest herbs I could think of), and lost everything but two of the tomato plants (and only got a handful of tomatoes from them). This year seems to be going better. My advice: water the plants frequently and ask for help from more experienced gardeners. That’s my approach anyway. 🙂

  9. Wynn says:

    I read where you can use corn gluten to cut down on your weed pulling. Might want to check it out.

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