Garden Success!

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Do you see that? I have Strawberries! After checking this morning, I have 4 strawberries growing, I have flowers on my cucumber plant and on the pumpkin plant. I am so excited! Other than the lettuce I have not been able to grow anything until now! I knew that talking to Grandpa would help. Even our tree is growing really good.

Although I can't take all the credit, my daughter has helped (before she moved out) with some of it - especially the lettuce. And I got a new tool to use, because I thought I was over watering - which I was. But I picked up this nifty hygrometer.

 

It's amazing how well it works. I am hoping that now that I know how much I am watering that my plants will do better. I know that I feel better about it now because I am not guessing on whether they need to be watered or not. I know if they need it or not. So hopefully, on my next update on the garden, I will be able to show beautiful, healthy plants (maybe with a little fruit or veggies on them too).

Have a great day!

Renee

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Garden Success

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Today is all about success! The picture above is the lettuce that we planted back in January. As you can see, it did amazingly well. I actually cut it back last month before adding fertilizer and it is in the process of growing back now. When I cut it back, I cut it back to the stalks. It looked like this:

 

Taken 04/16/16
Taken 04/16/16

Then I added the fertilizer and now it looks like this:

Taken 04/27/16
Taken 04/27/16

As you can see it is starting to come back. That is why this is my success story for today. I've always heard that with certain vegetables such as lettuce and onions, you can replant the roots. So I figured if you could replant them, then why couldn't you cut it back and have it regrow.

When the lettuce first started growing, it was amazing. There are actually supposed to be 5 different types of lettuce in this mix that we used. You could taste each one and every bowl was different. I would definitely recommend this blend of lettuce. Of course there are also other blends or you can purchase just the types you want as well.

I am hoping that as this grows back, it will taste just as amazing as it did before. The full plant was so pretty, especially once it bloomed. Plus, I was able to collect some of the seeds so I can plant it again  if needed. I guess I just need to wait till it grows back a little more to try it again.

Have a great day!

Renee

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Garden Progress

Well it's been few weeks since I planted my fruits and  vegetables. So I figured it was time for an update. So far, everything is growing really well (which is surprising with my black thumb and all).

Bell pepper and Jalapeno
Bell pepper and Jalapeno
Tomatoes, Califlower
Tomatoes, Califlower
Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli
Cilantro
Cilantro
Pumpkin, Strawberry, cucumber
Pumpkin, Strawberry, cucumber
Strawberry, cucumber, pumpkin
Strawberry, cucumber, pumpkin
Cilantro, Basil, Parsley
Cilantro, Basil, Parsley

Some are having some issues, but in the next week I will be getting the organic fertilizer so hopefully this will help them along. The fertilizer I purchased through Burpee is this one: Organic food for plants

I am, however, very encouraged at this point in how things are going. I truly believe that I can do it this year. This will be the year I am successful with gardening. I have been getting a lot of information from my grandfather on this, as this is what he does for a living (well landscaping, not gardening). We are all very excited to see the outcome.

I think I will need some way to keep the critters out pretty soon (once things start to bloom). I still have to do some research on this one. I don't want to use harsh chemicals on the plants. The whole reason I planted my own was to try to get away from this. So I'm thinking maybe some no kill traps, but I will let you know on that later on.

At the moment, I am just trying to enjoy the success I am having with the garden so far. I am really finding that I enjoy learning about how to make things grow and it can be pretty relaxing too (which is a plus when one deals with anxiety). So I guess that's it for today. I look forward to letting you know how things are going.

Have a great day!

Renee

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