One Project At A Time, Please


Benjamin BaerWhile spring is coming to an end, our list of projects does not. We have made a lot of progress though.

Most impressive so far is probably our herb garden, it is thriving. We have loads of lavender, parsley, oregano, mint and cilantro. The other evening I clipped a bunch of cilantro, and made cilantro lime chicken for dinner. It was excellent.

In addition to our herb garden, we have seven tomato and three cucumber plants that are all doing very well. We should be eating homegrown tomatoes and cucumbers in no time. Knock on wood, so far we have been pretty fortunate with pests and weather.

I did come out one morning to find a deer had cleaned up one of the cucumber plants, but they have not been back. I think our dogs do a pretty good job of keeping wild animals from coming too close to the house.

This year has been drier than average for our area, but not too bad, and definitely nothing like the drought conditions experienced in other areas across the country.

PKB has been doing an excellent job of, at least, pretending to be interested in the garden. She definitely seems intrigued by the plants, and always makes certain to check them out when she is outside strolling around. She just needs to learn the plants are fragile, and we must be careful with them, as the other day I caught her standing next to some of the tomato plants violently shaking one of the cages … hopefully, we don’t end up with shaken tomato syndrome.

6/20/2015 8:22:11 AM

Benjamin, yes, a gardener in training. I wish I could get my grandson interested in gardening but his only interest is in eating the sweet corn when it's ready. :-). Shaken tomato syndrome made me laugh. That actually might be a good thing for them. Shaking loose the pollen to pollenate the flowers for awesome tomatoes. Gardening with wild life is indeed a challenge. I just completed weeding out my strawberries and the bed looked so nice. It had almost ripe and green strawberries on the plants with really healthy looking plants. The next day I noticed deer tracks and every single berry was gone. Even the green ones. Not only that but every single leaf on the plants were gone. The plants are surviving but there will be no strawberries in my freezer for this year. When I aquired Terra Nova Gardens, the land was covered with weeds, vines, scrub trees, fallen trees, and had been a dumping ground for the neighborhood. This is my 4th growing season and the land still challenges me to return to the wild. Irradication of wild grape vines and bind weed, never ends. I've learned that it can't be all done in one year. A little bit each day and progress will be made. I'm into the summer mode now with gardening from 5:30am to about 8am. Two and a half hours of work each day produces a lot of head way in bringing a garden under control. I've also learned that garden plans are always suseptible to change. Have a great day working in the garden.

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