Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Gardening Woes and Wows

"My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. " ~H. Fred Ale

I'm not much of a gardener. This will not come as a surprise to anyone who's read my blog for a while, but really, I do not possess a green thumb and have no great desire to develop one. I would much rather spend any free time I have reading or writing (or possibly drinking a good Merlot, but I digress...)

However, I'm happy to say that the vegetables we've started in containers on our front porch are actually growing. This is a feat in itself, as I'm always somewhat surprised to see seeds in dirt turn into green plants above the ground. Yesterday I was weeding (if you can believe it) and hubby came running across the driveway waving something in his hand. Thrilled, he produced two tiny green beans from one of our plants. Hooray! Actually, the lettuce is doing quite well too, and everything else seems to be growing and flowering. I'll take a picture and post it up here sometime.

The poor flowerbeds around the property aren't doing quite as well, though, mostly because it's been beastly hot and dry here, and also because most of the ground beneath us is slate and sand (a neighboring town is actually named "Slate Hill" - need I say more?). But they're doing OK. Except while I was weeding yesterday I found hoofprints in one bed. Yes, actual hoofprints, from the local deer. Yes, they're cute. Yes, I refuse to let hubby hunt them. Yes, I hate to see them hit along the side of the road. But they demolished my impatiens - demolished those and yet left the petunias completely alone.


Oh, well. Some things are still steadily growing, others are struggling, and others are thriving no matter what gets thrown at them (like the hostas...they're enormous...does anyone need any??)

Sort of like people, now that I think about it.


Marianne Arkins said...

YES.. I need hostas, LOL. I'm actually about to go out and buy a new one. :-)

And, deer. It's just a good thing they're cute. I'm surprised they haven't eaten your hostas. They will, when they find them. I use a fertilizer called milorganite to keep the deer away. As a side benefit, it helps the plants, too.


And there is nothing better than food fresh from your garden. Enjoy!

Dru said...

That is so kewl to see something grow from a seed to a plant or vegetables.

I love seeing deers run across the backyards of my friend's place when I'm visiting. They are cute, but yes I know what you mean, they will eat your plants.

Amy said...

Ooooh, hostas. I've been trying to convince Husband to plant Hostas for YEARS. I like anything you only have to plant ONCE.

Yay on the vegetables. We're so late this year with the garden I'm going to have to shell out $$$ for the 4-6" starter pots for summer veges. But I can still get my fall veges in with seed.

Devon Gray said...

Our little vegetable garden is wilting in the hot Georgia sun. Throw in a level 4 drought and no outdoor watering and the little suckers don't stand a chance. I'm hoping to at least see a tomato or two! Post a picture when you can.

windycindy said...

Happy Afternoon! I love Hostas; except for here, they draw slugs.
The variegated leaves are so pretty. Glad to hear your vegetables are growing. Rabbits and squirrels are our vegetable eaters. My sister and I help our soon to be 90 year old dad with a small vegetable garden. His yard also has tons of flowers! Good luck with all of your plants and things. Cindi

Diane Craver said...

great news about your gardening - you'll enjoy growing your own food.

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