Friday, October 26, 2012

Fall Garden

Since I have been volunteering at a local farm a few days a month, it got me excited about reviving our garden this fall and expanding it. I am hoping that the lady I am helping will give me some good tips and pointers for our garden and that I will finally be able to keep something alive. I figure we will just keep trying until we get it right! Our last garden started out great, but bugs or something got a hold of it while we were on vacation and it never really recovered. It was also really hard to weed, so we didn't keep up with it like we should have. Hopefully that won't be a problem with this one.

We took a section of our backyard that already had landscaping tarp down, cleared out the decorative plants and put down gardening soil. Then Anthony put up a fence around it, with a door, and we added our seeds and transplants that we got an awesome deal on at a local nursery. I think we paid something like 25 cents a plant for the zucchini and bell peppers! We have planted right now: carrots, beets, green beans, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes. The plants are much bigger now than when I took the picture. The beans have since sprouted and the zucchini plants have gotten flowers. Please, please stay away bugs!! We also added a bunch of habanero and datil hot pepper plants over next to Anthony's amazing jalapeno plant that is still going strong and had 52 peppers on it the other day!

The hot pepper plants:
The awesome jalapeno plant that can't stop producing:
We also have a grapefruit tree in our backyard that has started producing some grapefruit. I don't know much about grapefruit or if they will taste good, but we will keep an eye on them!
We are starting to get kumquats again on our kumquat tree. I used a bunch last year to make kumquat jelly, but I think I want to try something different this year. James is so funny, he likes to go up to the tree every morning and pull a few off. He throws them around the yard yelling "Ball!!" and yesterday he decided to bite into one. He just got the rind, which is pretty bitter and he made such a sour face! Priceless!

1 comment:

Happy said...

That is so awesome!! Good job going for it again. And you volunteer at a farm?
When we moved to this house, it has a whole section set up for a garden, so I was SO excited to finally have my own garden! But then I had a baby and...well, it just never happened. Next year though, we are SO going to have a garden full of tomatoes and peppers and broccoli and lettuce!! We have an apple tree, peach tree and raspberry bush in our backyard though, all of which I was SOOO excited about, but the 2 peaches that grew died early and fell off, the apple tree only produced about 5 apples and all but one of them split and half died before we picked them. The raspberries have been awesome though and we eat them all them time. How fun!