i love to garden from my head tomatoes.

July 16, 2015

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yes i did. i saw it on a hokey t-shirt and just like that it became the title of this post. a post with too many pictures (mostly from instagram) of things i have grown. the last pic is by felix! heart eyes.

this is the first year that i really tried to have a productive garden. we had a small raised bed last year which housed three tomato plants, two squash plants, and one random head of lettuce. i got about two crook neck squash and five or six tomatoes. nothing more. i lost the will to fight downy mildew and hornworms and threw in the towel way before july.

but i liked it while things were good. loved it really. so this year i researched and got my soil tested. i plotted the garden out, then bought seeds. (buy seeds suited for your area! heat and downy mildew resistant were my picks. i didn’t even know this was a thing. it’s a thing.) found planting calendars for my area and followed them. and plants grew! what. i like the internet.

it isn’t quite the lush oasis i imagined it would be, but i really really enjoy it. eating a cucumber from a plant you started from seed? thrilling. i have already made tons of notes in my garden journal (uh-huh.) about things to do differently/try next year.

a few things to do different?
– space beans out more! 8 bean plants per square foot? nope. they need way more air circulation. at least that’s what i think they need. could just be the terrible humidity. i dunno. mine are looking pretty sad.

– lasagna gardening is awesome. just not for planting a lot of things as soon as you build one. the only veggie that actually made it were the cucumbers (which have exploded!) and some marigolds. after it had composted a bit, i ripped everything out and planted two watermelon plants. they are spreading quick!

– face my bean teepee towards the sun if i keep it near the tree line. one side of the teepee and surrounding flower boxes are looking pitiful.

-plant more veggies in succession.

– i hate pests. beetles and hornworms make me feel ugly. i’m not sure what i will do differently but i’ll have to try something.

if nothing else. i know i want rows of flowers for cutting.

rows and rows and rows. 

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