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Garden in the Country Update

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I am quite proud of myself. It has been nearly a month since I started gardening and I have managed to keep everything alive. Hooray for me! One month down 6 more months to go. The first bed is flourishing. The strawberries are doing well, and we have already picked a couple ripe ones.. The broccoli and cabbage are chugging right along as well as the lettuce. Every thing seems to be growing more and more every day. So far, so good.

For those of you who noticed, I had a moment of stupidity when I built my second bed. For some reason I thought it would be great to just butt the second bed up to the first bed and save some wood. It didn’t dawn on me until the next day that I wouldn’t reach the middle. A couple of you guys caught it, too.  ( Hi Ellie! ) I plead the fifth. The devil made me do it, or something. Anyway we fixed that problem and separated the two beds. The Hubby finished them off with some old wood from my grandfather’s shop. I wouldn’t call the flower beds “pretty”. I wouldn’t call myself a carpenter either, but I think they will hold dirt and that’s all I’m interested in at the moment.

I filled up the second bed and got some new plants in the ground. I have 3 tomato plants ,a couple jalapeno, beans, zucchini, cucumber and okra plants. I also have some squash plants that are just about ready and I am hoping to get them in the ground once the cabbage, broccoli and lettuce are ready to harvest. My cucumber seeds have not faired so well. The peat seed starters ( just like a reader said) dry out really fast in this hot, windy weather and many of the seedlings just didn’t cut the mustard. I think next year I will try starting them in a different kind of pot.

Bottom line, so far everything is going pretty well. The longer I have plants in the ground the more questions I have. I really love reading the helpful advice you guys are giving me. Any advice is welcome here. Although this is my first year really planting anything substantial, I am already hooked. I love waking up in the morning and checking on the garden. I know I will be full of pride when we get to reap the fruits of our labor.

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  1. I’m so jealous of your gardens! I love all the goodies you’re growing. I tried to grow a tomato plant in my apartment last year and that was a failed experiment. Hopefully one day I’ll have a nice big backyard like you!

    1. A garden is one of those things I was most excited to get when we moved. Last year my one lonely tomato plant was eaten by some deer. It was a bummer.

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Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

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