If you’ve been following along with me as I planted my first garden, you may be wondering just how it’s coming along. Well… I thought it was doing really good, until I saw everyone else’s gardens. Now I see just how pitiful my poor little plants really are.
Go ahead and say it; It’s looking pretty bare! Not at all how I imagined it would be.
It has grown a lot since my last update. Still, my plants aren’t as big and robust as everyone else’s are, nor are they producing anything. I realize now what my mistake was: not fertilizing.
You know, when they teach you in school about how plants grow, all they tell you is that plants need three key things: sun, water, and soil.
Not true. They also need food. You have to feed them fertilizer or they will not flourish.
I thought I’d try doing it the cheap way this time: just sticking the seed in the soil (not adding anything to it really) and watering it. Well, you get what you pay for… which is not much in my case. Lesson learned.
Looking back through these posts (which actually serve as my Garden Journal), I can’t believe it’s only been 8-9 weeks since I started planting in my garden.
It seems like four months have gone by! I still haven’t gotten anything from my plants, except for a handful of strawberries. Though I do have one green tomato growing!
Here’s how everything is looking:
My strawberry plants are growing nicely, though they are done producing for the year:
My Potato plants are about 3 feet high. I haven’t been able to mound them very often because of all the rain. I guess I won’t know how well they’ve done until I dig up the potatoes.
I can say that the ones I planted in the post holes did not do well. Every time it rained hard the holes flooded and I’m sure the seed potatoes rotted. Only one out of ten lived.
My first two rows of corn are about 3-4 ft. tall. I planted another two rows a few weeks after the first two, just so that they wouldn’t all come in at once.
Those are only a foot or so tall.
I planted my pole beans beside the corn so that they could grow up the stalks. I only did two rows of these. They shot up quickly though! They’re about a foot tall:
I’ll be surprised if my poor carrots produce anything. The soil is just too clay for them here. They are about 5-6 inches tall now.
My mother-in-law gave me this zucchini plant. It’s doing okay, and blooming, though no zucchini yet:
I have two of these cucumber plants growing (from seed). They, too, are blooming, but haven’t produced anything yet:
My watermelon plant has really grown a lot lately after all of the rain we’ve gotten. I hope we get some melons this summer!
This is one of the tomato plants that I started from seed. It’s only about 7 in. tall. Actually, I’m surprised it’s still alive!
I think my mother-in-law felt bad for me and my poor little garden, ’cause she also brought me several tomato plants (and planted them for me!). They seem to be doing well. I do have one big green tomato growing:
And the broccoli that I started from seed… I don’t even want to post a picture of them. There are three left, and they are about an inch tall (if that).
I did two major things wrong with them: I planted them too late, they need cooler weather. And I did not fertilize them; broccoli are heavy feeders.
There you go. That’s my garden. I kinda feel better now realizing that it’s only 9 weeks old still, and I like to tell myself that everyone else’s gardens are doing so much better because they just bought the plants instead of starting them from seed.
Plus, Heirlooms aren’t genetically modified to grow larger and more fruitful like Hybrid seeds are, so I can’t expect mine to be as robust.
But I know deep down that I’ve neglected my poor little plants by not fertilizing them. Oh well, you live and you learn.
Maybe I’ll still get something from my garden before the season is over. And, it’s probably a blessing that I’m not overwhelmed with a bountiful harvest.
I’d feel obligated to can everything right away, and with baby #3 due in about 4 more weeks I just don’t know if I’d have the energy.
So, what about you?? How is your garden growing? I’d love to see pictures of what you are growing, and any suggestions you may have for me as well! Don’t be ashamed to brag either… just as long as you share your secrets to success with the rest of us!
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.