Welcome to The Back 40 Update: With Lots Of Pictures
I realized I haven’t posted in a while about what’s been growin’s on in my garden. Not that there’s some mega exciting news or anything, just felt like sharing. Because that’s caring!
So I’ve discovered that less really is more. Specially when it comes to growing things in my garden. The less I fool with it, the more it produces. I’m not sure why that is, I’m pretty sure thats normal and what I’m supposed to be doing anyway. So I’m a little less obsessive about it. I still go out there to poke and peek around just to make sure I’m not getting robbed. And I am, but I’ll get to that in a bit.
Ok so above you see a picture of box #2 with my cowpeas (black eyes), basil and some green beans somewhere in there. I also threw some carrot seeds in there all willy-nilly, have no idea how those are doing. This pic is a few months old and the basil was just a wee lass at this time. It has since grown into a fine strapping young man… or the Paul Bunyan of basil… Krewe is his Babe!
As you can see, its grown to almost the top of the trellis. I measured it at one point but I don’t know what happened to that pic. Oh well, you get the point. So I will be making pesto for the next 60 years (rolling eyes) if anybody wants some! Just kidding everyone (not kidding, self).
Moving on…. Lets take a gander at my lettuce, its so pretty and let me just add that NONE of these pictures have been subjected (subject? I don’t which is grammatically correct, nor do I care, so take your pick!) to any kind of photo editing filter or fancy-uper. These were taken about 20 minutes ago in crappy weather! Ok what was I talking about, ah yes, the lettuce! Those little turkeys have finally started to actually grow into something more than rabbit food! I am about to pick them because I’ve got some new lettuce seeds waiting to be planted and I’m just itching to get my nails dirty!
Up next, my HERbs… make sure you annunciate the ‘HER’ in herbs. Just kidding, don’t, its annoying!
(Why are the greens in these pics so intense? Oh cause I’m INTENSE… about my garden! Hell yeah I am! I’m totally ’bout it ’bout it too! Was that too street for you? I’ll try and town it down.. keep it on the DL!)
Peppers! Peppers! Who wants peppers? Apparently I have quite the peck to pick! And for some reason most of them are growing all cattywhompus? (Spell checkers, how’d I do?)
Now lets talk about the A-holes who won’t leave my garden alone! Yep, there’s always something jackin’ it all up for me! Right now its hornworm caterpillars and some kind of super rude bug. But before the rude bug was a nice bug that I still didn’t like having in my garden but I tolerated him because he killed all the other bugs. But he’s gone now or he’s grown into the super rude bug. Either way, I hate them all!
(As one friend put it “You know you’re a stylist when….!” When you use your cutting comb as a measuring tool for things other than hair!)
And lastly, my Heniz Tomato plant. I got a late start on planting this one so I may not ever see any blooms. Then again between the leaf-footed bug and the hornworm caterpillar it may not even having a fighting chance. You can kind of see all the leave the caterpillar ate. Oh well, welcome to gardening!
(I don’t know why the greens are totally different, the pic was taken on the same day, at the same time)
Here’s a couple before pics.
And finally a cute kiddo helping momma in the garden in his jammies!
Notes: I’ve joined a gardening Facebook group that has really helped me learn and GROW with my garden! If you’re in Texas you should check them out “Texas Gardening Group“. Its local people helping each other identify different bugs and sharing tips! Super nice and knowledgeable folks!