Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Green Acres, Take Two

Those of you who have been following my blog for at least the past year know that I attempted to turn my brown thumb into a vibrant shade of green through vegetable gardening. I wouldn't call my first try a major success with only two crops lasting all season; however, it's time for round two. Lessons were learned about watering, cultivating, and bugs I never knew existed. Now I'm back and better than ever. With the addition of a third bed, there is plenty of space between each little plant, plus herbs and flowers to attract beneficials. Last Friday finally brought some sun, so my plants are now safe and sound in the dirt:

In the above bed we have cucumbers and a new crop, okra. Lots and LOTS of okra. :) These will flower like a hibiscus so not only will they be yummy, they should be pretty, too!

This one has three different kinds of tomatoes, the Early Girls I had success with last year plus Better Boys and Romas. There are also two colors of bell peppers and a few sweet bananas. I've added basil and marigolds to this bed to help things along.

Our new gigantic 12x4 bed is home to two new additions - eggplants and *drum roll* watermelons. I really don't know much about growing watermelons (imagine that), but being from Hope has to help. Honestly, if I can get a plant to set even the tiniest melon, I'll be proud.

It doesn't look like much, but after more rain, sunshine, and the inevitable heat, these beds ought to be brimming with edibles! Maybe I can actually get more than two plants to grow this time around. Either way, I'll keep you posted. If we do have an overflow of garden goodies, you'll be the first to know. :) Until then, I've got some good help watching over them:

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