Salad!

On Sundays, we generally get together EvylRobot’s family for lunch after church.  Everyone contributes something to the meal and we just hang out and enjoy the family fellowship time.

This Sunday, we brought 2 extra giggly girls, some NerdBeer of AtomicNerds fame (BTW-Stingray, Dad-in-law was impressed and enjoyed the fruits of your labors), and a delicious salad from our garden.

Yes, the very same intimidating garden grown from the seeds so generously provided by Emergency Seed Bank.  Radishes, spinach, and romaine – oh my!  All have thus far survived the inept gardening skills of yours truly.

Okay, not everything survived, I must admit.  The Swiss Chard I was so proud of that started this adventure?

Um…

Well…

I waited too long to transplant it to the garden.  The book said to move it in spring.  I got distracted.  And it got too warm in my back bathroom and dried out.  I will do better with this one next year.  I still have more seeds.

And in case you are wondering how on earth it got that warm in my bathroom.  Well that was another stroke of not quite brilliance on my part.  I saw all these nifty warming trays for starting seeds and thought, “Hey! That looks like a good idea.”  Note to self, Jennifer is not an adept gardener and should stick to the instructions in the book rather than get creative.  I killed my first batch of jalepenos and green peppers by cooking the seedlings.  Oops!

But hey, that’s all that I’ve killed.  All the seeds that were sent to me have sprouted and most survived the invasion of the bunny as well.  Only 2 beets seem to have evaded the bunny, but still, there is food growing my backyard!  Plants that I haven’t killed.  Really, this is exciting.

There are beets, romaine lettuce, carrots, radishes, onions, parsnips, green beans, peas, spinach, and green peppers actively growing in my backyard.  And those are just the seeds provided by Emergency Seed Bank.  In addition to that, we’ve got 5 habanero plants that we purchased at the hardware store along with 5 heirloom pear tomatoes.  There are also several tomato plants started from FarmFam seeds.

Things I’ve learned so far:

1. It is good to have things planted in nice neat carefully spaced rows rather than haphazardly in a given section.

2. If the tree at the edge of the yard happens to drop seeds into the garden, you will be pulling trees out of the garden all summer.

3.  Rabbits like spinach, radish greens, and beets.  Also, garden fed rabbits are tasty.  That’s right self-righteous vegetarians, cute fuzzy animals died for your salad too. (Links go to pictures that some may find disturbing)  Who knew that meat would come from a vegetable garden?

4. Stepping stones would be helpful in wider sections of the garden.  Although, stretching out to get the weed 3 feet from the edge is a great ab workout.

5. Holy smokes!  I like peas!  I’ve never liked peas.  They’ve always been nasty, slimy things that the mean lady at daycare forced me to eat.  But from my garden they are sweet, crisp, and delicious. Also, I’m ridiculously entertained and wonder what a certain princess would think of the peas growing up the headboard of the flower bed.

Whimsical Flower Bed

6. Seeds should be started in something deeper than Weber drip trays.

7. Soaker hoses rock.

8.  I am totally impressed with Emergency Seed Bank and highly recommend them to anyone interested in starting down the gardening adventure.

The Emergency Seed Bank provided one seed bank for me to plant and write about here.  All gardening ineptitude is my own.  They tried to give me instructions.  And yet, they’ve grown in spite of me.  All information provided here is from my own personal experience.  They provided seeds for me to write about but my endorsement of their product is my own.

10 thoughts on “Salad!”

  1. Awesome. Drip systems kick tail, too and direct your water instead of soaking everything willy nilly. Oh, and timers can be a lazy gardeners best friend. You got jalapenos too hot to grow? Man, that takes talent. Glad it worked out and hopefully the bunny made good hassenpfeffer.

  2. One of my citified carpool mates complains about the abundance of rabbits eating her flowergarden.

    I suggested that she would do better to stop thinking of it as a problem, but rather, an opportunity. 😀

  3. hmmmm….any way to set up a (cheap but efficient/effective) drip system to keep my yard alive? Just when I get something grassy to start growing in the bare patches that are usually only occupied by weeds (hey…they’re green! Let em stay!), summer hits and temps broach the 100F mark, and our water bill goes up proportionately. A full-yard home-built drip/soak watering system….now, THAT would be handy!

  4. 4. Stepping stones would be helpful in wider sections of the garden. Although, stretching out to get the weed 3 feet from the edge is a great ab workout.

    I’ve been trying permanent garden beds bordered by larger field stones. The theory being that one has a space where walking is prohibited in order to prevent compaction of the soil. Small aisleways between the permanent beds allow for weeding. Frequent additions of compost, mulch, and manure keep the soil loose and rich, and the worms happy!

    In order to keep critters away from my garden, I took an old roll of 2×3 fencing and cut it horizontally. Then I cut each strip into approx. 3 ft. lengths, cut off the verticle wire on one end and wrapped it around into a mini-fence for one plant. Works great for broccoli, peppers, etc.

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