Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Year of the non-garden


This year we haven't really had an *official* garden at our house. It started off being more of a forced garden if you ask me. One day early this spring I saw a bunch of little mounds of various color greens sprouting up. It was all the volunteer lettuces coming up. I sort of let the garden we had the previous year get away from me and plants went to seed like crazy. And so this year, even though I hadn't planned on having a garden, well, I was forced to have one anyhow. After the lettuces showed up, I began to notice that there were tomatoes coming up as well. That's when I gave in and bought a few more tomato plants, cucumber plants and herbs. But, it was still not the *official* garden.

Well, I have not tended my garden at all well. I've let it get crazy when the weather got so hot that I couldn't stand outside without breaking into a major sweat! I watched my garden (through the window) grow among the weeds. Watched the many severe weather storms drag and pull our plants about. Some of our tomato plants were cut in half from the winds that came up! Some lost their cages and are now growing sprawled along the ground.

But even though they went through sever heat and were buffeted by strong winds and even through times of drought. It still produced. We had wonderful salads from all the volunteer lettuces that came up. We had succulent strawberries. And tart red rhubarb. We even had our first small serving of asparagus this year! And our black berries have been super yummy!




Our tomatoes have not fared as well. We've had some. But they have been struggling.



And initially the cucumbers did not do so well either. But, now that the weather has begun to cool off a bit... well, we've seen many more blooms on the plants. If I"m lucky I may be able to make a few jars of refrigerator pickles after all! Yum!




Here is an over all view of our sad & oh so neglected garden.....


Isn't it the saddest sight? I am embarrassed to show you how badly I've treated our little plot of ground. And I do feel badly because, as neglected as it's been, it still produced enough to feed myself and my honey! We've enjoyed this little non-garden this year. And I vow that I will show my appreciation by carefully over-wintering this little plot of ground and preparing it for a comfortable winter so that next year it will be well rested and truly loved and worked as it should be! Amen.

I will be linking this to Pams Garden Tuesday. And see how well others have minded their gardens!



4 comments:

Allison at Novice Life said...

Don't feel bad, mine looks worse! My weeds have totally and completely taken over :(

Pam said...

I think this an overall theme this year...everyone is talking about their sadly neglected gardens. I'm glad. At least I don't feel so bad.

Corinnea said...

I second that! At least yours produced anyway! I am giving up on everything but the peppers and eggplant and I may try and replant a couple of things to see how they do in the cooler weather...
Your garden still looks much prettier than mine that's for sure!

chellebelle said...

I have token potatos every year.. and yours looks better than mine... I need to winterize mine this year too... I'll have to get some straw........