In love with my garden
Ok, maybe not in love, but so happy with how it's going this year. I plowed and planted a regular garden late this year. Had planned on tilling the area and then using this year to get it just the way I wanted soil wise and planting it next year, but I could *not* resist the freshly tilled soil. I planted those extra tomato and pepper plants in it and put some radish seeds in and then decided to go ahead and plant soem cucumbers and watermelon plants I bought. The pole beans, okra, peas and sunflowers were already planted and doing ok.
I was getting a little disappointed seeing everyone posting about harvesting so much, but had to remind myself that ya'll got a much earlier start so I decided to just be happy with whatever came of it. I got some mulch on sale at Walmart a week or more ago and spent all day last Saturday mulching around all my plants. In addition to it all looking so much better, the plants seem to be thriving so much better after being mulched. They seemed to have doubled in size in a matter of days and have started getting blooms on them, and the little pepper that was growing on the pepper plant is growing so much bigger already. The difference in how the garden looks from Saturday to now is amazing!
I need to get some mulch down in the little side flowerbed garden I have. The tomatoes and peppers over there have gotten huge overnight and set fruit and the soil there is a little sandy, so it's not super supportive. I've been staking them but they have gotten so heavy that they are pulling the stakes over...if I mulch, not only will it protect them from the heat and preserve the moisture, but maybe will add some support at the base of the plants.
I must say that I've been dealing with some health concerns that make daily gardening difficult. Spending a few hours in the garden on Sat wiped me out the last few days and I haven't had any energy or strength to do much else besides go to work and come home. Last night I thought "I better go out and check my garden" and I am so glad I did...it just made my heart glad to see those plants growing so well...My little garden has come a long way in a couple of months...and I just had to share..:)