I love having my own garden to grow vegetables and herbs. I love having my own blueberry bushes and apple trees to pick from when the fruit ripens. I love the look of the plants as they grow and I anticipate the fruit they will bear when I see the little blossoms. But, sadly I’m not really a gardener at heart.
I’ve lived in this house for ten years now and I’ve been container gardening for most of those years. I don’t have the luxury of a raised bed like I had in my old house, because, when we moved into this house the garden was already landscaped and established. My back yard isn’t flat, but, tiered and is basically built on mountains of hard rock, which we’ve learned over the years is almost impossible to dig! Hence container gardening! I’ve grown various vegetables with limited success in huge barrels and I’ve grown a variety of herbs in planters every year.
I don’t know if this year I just didn’t prep the soil properly in my pots, or I was away on my road trips too often and my plants weren’t watered properly, but, my yield has sucked big time!!
My one lonely almost ripe tomato waiting to be picked.
The other tomato waiting to ripen!
These are my tomato plants in the barrels. I planted a Roma plant, two cherry tomato plants, and another one (I can’t remember the type). There are still lots of yellow blossoms, but, the two tomatoes above is what I have so far. Is there still hope? I even sprinkled some Epsom salt around the plants, like I did in my old house, and I had tonnes of tomatoes. The tomatoes love the magnesium in the salt. I built my own bamboo cages with twine to hold up the fruit laden branches, and some chipmunk or maybe Sweetpea, has destroyed most of those.
We have about five blueberry bushes and we did pick blueberries throughout the season, but, two of the plants produced zilch!
Our one apple tree though, is looking good. Last year I baked a pie or two from the apples from our tree and again this year it’s the shining star in our garden.
I have this spot at the back of my yard which was covered in strawberry plants that never yielded
any many strawberries. Either the slugs would get to the fruit or the deer would mow down the plants. Since the forest behind our house has been torn down and construction is going on constantly right now, the deer aren’t an issue. I pulled out the strawberry plants and I thought I’d try some kale instead. Now, I have to admit, I didn’t do anything to prep the soil and I planted tiny plants instead of seeds. But, they really haven’t grown much either. I did seed the rest of that strip of dirt with lettuce seeds and some other seeds and nothing has grown! I remember watching an episode of Jamie Oliver’s show, Jamie at Home, where he shows his garden, and how he just flicks seeds around some gravely area, then months later he has all this beautiful lettuce of all types growing all lush and green in this seemingly unusable space… well it didn’t happen like that for me! This episode that you can see on YouTube, Jamie at Home, shows his tomato plants.
I have a few pots on my front patio for my herbs. I usually grow parsley, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and a few others. I’ve tried basil over and over again with no luck. The saddest thing about this is my mint! Who can’t grow mint? I was warned not to grow it in a garden because it will take over, but, to plant it in pots. Well my mint is spindly and terrible. Absolutely no chance for a mojito from this!
My thyme. Need I say more?
I’m not giving up. In my old house, I used to have a beautiful, raised bed that Keith had built, and even me, with my lack of green thumb, I was able to grow a bounty of vegetables. So, I’m overhauling the whole works for next year. I’m cleaning up my pots and probably getting rid of some all together, because, the water drained out of them onto my patio leaving terrible brown stains that I now have to scrub away. I’ll make sure I get a good soil and organic compost mix, and I’ll sow my seeds early in the season to allow for ripening, and maybe even a second planting. The biggest thing I need to do is make sure the plants are watered properly when I’m away!
I really want to grow what I can in my own suburban garden. I recently mentioned that I know way too many people who are being diagnosed with cancer in their early to mid fifties. These people who I know are fairly fit and live generally very healthy lives. Also, working in emergency I have seen an increase in the amount of newly diagnosed cancers we are seeing in people who are my age. My colleagues have noticed this too. So scary! I believe we are just carrying too high of a toxic burden and our bodies are just not able to cope.
There is so much research now about the link between your diet and various forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, diabetes, and other illness that it really pays to keep a close tab on what ingredients you put in your body. We are already inundated with all kinds of toxic ingredients we inhale on a daily basis or that we absorb through our skin. If I can control any of it… I’ll definitely try to the best of my ability.
As you may know if you’ve read any of my previous posts, I’m trying to live a healthy life to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease as it runs in my family. This is just a little step, but, I plan to grow what I can in my own yard. It’s a small piece of the puzzle, but, every little bit counts.
Do you do anything to minimize your toxic burden? Aslo, any suggestions for websites or books on gardening are welcome by the way
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Talk to you soon,