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Gardening Success

By Jean Teller, Sr. Assoc. Editor


Tags: garden, tomato, family, red pepper, basil, oregano,

In my area, spring has disappeared, and summer’s heat and humidity have taken its place. Being a complete indoors type, I’m not particularly thrilled with the changes. However, there is one outdoors arena in which I’m pleased to report a bit of success. OK, only if you don’t count my lack of weeding skills (or more accurately, weeding motivation).

My garden, before all the work. Check out the sedems!

You may remember a blog post from last November – Garden Headaches – in which I detailed my wonderful sister’s efforts in clearing out my front garden and dividing/transplanting hosta and sedum. (Do I have that right, folks? What variety of sedum do I have?) The before shot is above.

Transplanted hostas and sedums in my front garden.

Check out what the spring brought! All of the transplants are flourishing, and a couple of the sedums are now almost as large as the two we divided last fall. Amazing!

I added the rock around the downspout, because the rain kept washing away the mulch, which is the same reason I added the border. And while both have helped, mulch continues to wash away. I think it’s going under the border, which I only placed on top of the ground. It probably needs to be installed properly. One of these days.

Rock helps slow the water pouring from the downspout.

I smile every time I drive up to my house. It’s looking pretty good, if I do say so myself. Now if I can just get it weeded!

In the backyard, I actually started my container gardening. Yes, I actually did it. In Neophyte Gardener, I wrote about my intention of starting a container garden. I am proud to report that I am now the owner of three containers holding a Brandywine tomato plant, a red pepper plant, basil and oregano. The tomato plant has buds on it, so I am eagerly awaiting fruit. My mouth’s already watering.

Check out my container garden!

The basil and oregano have yet to be used, and I’m struggling with ways to cook with both herbs. Once the peppers and tomatoes start arriving, though, that probably will no longer be an issue. I love tomatoes with oregano and mozzarella cheese. Yum!

As the plants are growing well, I need to find ways to use the basil and oregano.

So there you have it, and I promise I’ll keep you updated on my gardening adventures. I feel like a gardener; am I?

Check out the growth on that red pepper plant! And the tomato plant is growing in leaps and bounds!

 

brenda kipp_1
6/22/2009 1:54:20 PM

There's never enough time to do it all, is there?


jean teller
6/19/2009 4:54:30 PM

I keep putting off the weeding of the front garden, Brenda. Every weekend, I keep telling myself that's the project to complete - it hasn't happened yet! :)


brenda kipp_1
6/19/2009 4:48:39 PM

You've made more progress than I have, Jean. I could use a little help with my gardening project. Got a spare weekend? :)