Main garden is cucumber, tomato, jalapeno, bell pepper, and watermelon. We have raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and blackberry bushes around the property that are slowly taking shape, as well as a pair of apple trees that are still a few years from production.
@medz and the really cool thing is that volunteer plants (while sometimes not true to the hybrid they came from) seem to be hardier/more resistant since they had a “tough upbringing”. I have several volunteer tomatoes from the seeds in our compost that came from ‘campari’ tomatoes from Sam’s. (You can vaguely see one at the top right corner of the pic above next to the pitchfork in the compost heap). They are producing, but don’t look like the original compari (usually round tomatoes, these are more oblong like a roma).
Last year we had volunteer watermelons from the seeds the kids spit into the plantings around the pool the summer before… Never had much luck growing them from starts, but those actually produced!
The pumpkin plant got HUGE and flowered, but never developed any pumpkins. Internet said this may have been a pollination issue. One day I accidentally hit the vine/stem with the weed trimmer which cut it off from the roots. Oddly, the leaves stayed green for a long time after. It slowly died and turned brown from the start of the vine to the end. I finally chopped it up with the mower and threw it away. No free pumpkins for us.
…has been producing tomatoes, jalapenos, eggplant, green and red peppers, and cukes. The squash bugs did in the yellow squash and shut down the zucchini, (we don’t use chemicals on the veggies so that’s a given after a short production run locally) Something (bunnies?) ate the leaves off my okra, but it is coming back so there is still hope. Basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano are doing well but the cilantro turned to coriander (aka went to seed). Blackberries are done, strawberries are still establishing and blueberries are trickling in. Fig tree is loaded but the rest of the fruit trees got nicked by a late frost after a super warm winter. The lemon tree we keep in a pot and take in and out of the house for the summer/winter, is covered with lemons though. Oh, and the cantaloupes will start to be ready in a few weeks.
Garden is mulched so weeding is no longer much of a problem.
Some of the tomato plants are in buckets this year (trying that out to see if I like it…)
As for the flowers… that’s a whole other post.
@daveinwarsh Thanks. I will have to try that again. I have used that in the past, but haven’t been persistent enough to get out there to hose those suckers down often enough. This year I put a bunch of ground eggshell on the base of the plant and soil and that seemed to help some and lasted several days until the next heavy rain washed it into the soil.
I put egg shells into the toaster oven to dry out then grind them up with a (cheap) coffee grinder I keep for that purpose. I generally add that to the soil when I plant my tomatoes and that helps with blossom end rot caused by low calcium in the soil.
I was going to have a small garden this year, but a health crisis took precedence. To make up for it, I’m going to have a big garden next year - hopefully big enough to sell some stuff at the farmers’ market. Also some hops for a microbrewery a friend is starting, and maybe a few rows of sweet corn.
It’s in my blood - the old Italian and his giant garden is still a stereotype in some places. And while I’m not old per se, I’m going to be at least semiretired for the foreseeable future. Might as well put it to good use.
A small orchard is also on the to-do list. Might do some planting this fall.
@dannybeans sounds great. I never have been able to dedicate the time to growing more than what I can eat/give away to my family and neighbors. Corn is one of those things I generally don’t plant since ALL of it is ready at the same time and I don’t want to mess with putting it up (plus at $0.25 an ear, it’s not an economic hardship…) The few times I did plant a handful of plants (so the kids could see where corn comes from) a windstorm seemed to always blow them over once they were about ready to harvest. BUT, there is just something about a tomato fresh from the garden that is hard to beat!
I truly believe that the idea of a garden/potager is one of the things that keeps older Europeans alive longer. The exercise and fresh produce are both beneficial to their overall health and state of mind! Cooking for scratch is so much better and better for you…
(one of the reasons I keep a lemon tree is to make limoncello… yummm!)
i tend to think of a garden as a plot of land (even if it’s just a small raised bed) so in that sense, nonexistent. however i do have many houseplants, and during the summer i grow a few hot peppers, some herbs, and a tomato plant indoors in pots.
@jerk_nugget How do you get the tomatoes/peppers to pollinate?
The first year I had my lemon tree in a pot inside it bloomed in January. Not having any way to put it outside for the bees due to the temps (doesn’t like to be below 40 or so and it’s too heavy to put in and out on a daily basis) I had to resort to using a paintbrush to get the fruit to set. Seriously contemplated getting a black and yellow striped jersey to wear during the process but decided that was probably not necessary…
Thankfully the last few years it has been warm enough during the bloom time that I could leave it out for several days in a row and the bees did their thing without my assistance.
@chienfou they are all in front of an open window and we live in a hilly area, and i have many windows in a small space so it actually gets quite windy indoors. (i have smaller pots affixed with museum putty because the wind moving through my apartment will throw things around if given a chance.)