Lookie, lookie! Stuff Grew!!!
Sorry I don't have a good closeup shot for you. I gave Ella my old digital camera, so she took the photos for this week. The only closeups we have are of the marigolds we just put in. Speaking of marigolds, the seeds we planted never came up. We put some directly in the bed and sowed some indoors, and . . . nothing. I have never failed with marigolds. Shocking. But everything else is doing well!
In the back, we have cherry tomatoes, bell peppers (not doing so well since this surprise cold snap), cucumbers, lemon & lime basil, parsley, and pole beans planted with sunflowers to climb the stalks. They're all doing well, but we planted indoors late, so we got antsy and picked up some roma tomato plants from the local nursery. What a steal: six plants, each at least a foot tall, for only $2.49. And they're filled with flowers, so we're looking forward to an early crop while our cherry tomatoes grow at their own pace. Up front we have tons of radishes, carrots, and lettuce (not doing well, I think they need more shade), along with a couple of zucchini and jalapeno plants. Sprinkled here and there are giant zinnia seeds. In the front planter we have tons of nasturtiums and some dill (for the baby caterpillars!) and off to the sides (and, unfortunately, out of this shot) are our planters with pineapple mint, lemon thyme, and lavender (with flower shoots ready to bloom).
Our other big project is to dig up the front flower beds, and we're halfway done. Now we're researching what plants we want in there, because most of it is completely shaded, which limits our choices quite a bit. The good thing is that Ella and I are learning about all kinds of new plants and flowers.
I put together a binder with all of our notes and extra seeds, but I also got Ella involved last week with creating a journal entry for each plant we're growing. I'll show you how we put that together next time, once we get it all in order. It's a good way to keep track of when things are planted and when they mature. It's also a good way for the kids to see it as a science experiment. Did different vegetables grow better with different companion plants? Did more/less shade help a particular plant? Did the earlier crop grow better or worse than the later crop of the same vegetable?
So far we're really enjoying our first gardening experience. Next up this week (along with the garden journal . . .
Does peppermint oil keep those pesky aphids away?