May 17, 2011

Gardening is a pain in the...but you get YUMMY veggies!

This past weekend hubby and I did major planting in our garden.  It is GIGANTIC!  Way too big for two people.  However, we do as much as we can to preserve the food to last all year long. My sweet grandmother has taught me how to can as well given me her secret recipes.  I also got to spend a few day's in the kitchen with her learning, hands on.

Sweet as pie, laughing so hard her eyes are closed. : )

This is our garden.  These are pepper plants.
We planted all kinds of veggies and fruits including:
  • tomatoes
  • 4 different types of pepper
  • eggplant
  • cantaloupe
  • broccoli
  • iceberg lettuce
  • cucumber
  • white cucumber
  • squash
  • zucchini
  • pumpkins (2 types)
  • okra
  • onions
  • green beans
  • Indian corn
  • gourds
  • potatoes
  • eggplant
  • watermelon
  • sweet potatoes
I'm not sure what else we have planted down there but we worked for three days! 

lettuce, eggplants and watermelons

This is me planting tomatoes; I planted about 50 plants.

Stop taking my picture I look like crap and a little cranky.

After getting all the tomatoes in the ground, I made a "hill" and planted the watermelon/cantaloupes.  The man at the greenhouse where we purchased the plants recommended that I use the Black Kow on the watermelons.  According to him I will "grow a watermelon tht weighs 50lbs".  We'll see how they turn out.  He has a green thumb to say the least so I don't think mine will get quite that big.  I'm hoping to have at least one that we can eat. 

Hubby planting onion bulbs.

After we completed the planting, we headed to Lowe's (of course, whats a weekend without a trip to Lowes) to pick up a new sprayer.  The sprayer we have, hubby has used to spray weed killer to kill weeds around our dog pens and other areas. So, I wanted a new one to spray fertilizer and fungicide on the tomato plants.  I decided on the Round-Up sprayer.  It was cheap(er) and seemed to be exactly what we needed.

We then came home and fertilized the strawberry raised bed.  The plants seem to be growing well. I hope to have some fresh strawberries in the next few weeks.

Our blueberry bushes are loaded with berries. Yummy cobblers and pancakes coming up!  Mmmmm....

Hopefully our garden will do well this year.  We will be working our butts off to keep it growing well.  Planting seems to always be the fun part.   Keeping it weeded and tillered (is that a word?), not so much.   I will keep you updated on how our garden grows.

Also, my good bloggy friend has an awesome giveaway on her site you should check out.  Mrs. Adventure is giving away a Dolma Fair Trade table runner.  You should check it out at here!


Daniel said...

Looks like you worked really hard and your grandmother is a cutie.

Rachael West said...

Wow that is a BIG garden, I'm still totally jealous :+)

Anonymous said...

Yall are way ahead of us,we haven't gotten the dirt ready,oh wait that's right,hubby is too busy with his corn crop(for the deer).Come see the invention for spraying round-up.
You know around here the "deer",are at the top of the list.sigh!
Hopefully we will start on our garden soon.

Sheila said...

Girl.....your garden is flipping HUGE!!!!! Gosh - mine looks like a mini-baby garden and i have 12 tomatoe plants (and a few piddly other things!) YOU GO GIRL!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yep, your garden is huge, and BEAUTIFUL! Do you think it's too late to put in some strawberry plants?