For the past two years I have constantly said I'm going to have a garden but never really got past the talking about it stage. I just keep putting it off because either I'm overwhelmed, I'm not sure what to do so I just get stuck in a planning rut, or just plain not doing it. That being said, in August my friend Jessica gave me some of her extra seedlings she never used. Around this time, I made my chicken coop smaller which created the perfect spot for these seedlings!
They were so pitiful when she gave them to me, they were extras that she hadn't had room for so they had just been sitting out in her yard. I planted the tomatoes first, and then decided to plant the jalapenos too! I wasn't sure what I would do with them, but I thought why not. Here is how they looked when I planted them:
Fast forward a few months and they are doing great! Oh my, the jalapenos! I am constantly picking them, and when I don't get to them in time, the dogs take care of them for me. Sally will actually go and pull them off the plant herself and even bring one to Roscoe. They are the silliest puppies. The tomatoes are taking longer to ripen but they are still going good even though we have had temperatures down in the 40's and 30's.
I've learned a little bit from this little garden that I randomly started. For starters, I now understand why spacing is soooo important. Any experienced gardener would probably cringe at my tomato plants that overwhelmed their cages so much that they are just laying on the ground or see my pepper plants practically buried beneath a flowering bush. Honestly I didn't know what I was doing and I didn't expect quite the growth that I got from my plants.
It's just too much, don't you think? But to me the important thing was, I did it. I get so caught up in the planning of something that often I don't get started unless I just jump in and just do it. Oh and that purple flowering bush on the left side? It started out really, really bad. Kinda like this...
I know! Y'all can't even see that there are purple blooms on it. Here it is now, so much better:
Next year is the year of the garden. Now that I've had a little taste of growing my own food I'm determined. It's so good and flavorful! My in-laws always have done a garden and I'd love to have one also! I know I've still got a little time to go but it can't hurt to dream, right?