Gardening Joys

tomato love When we moved to the country and got a bunch of land (almost 6 acres) from a sub division plot, we had (and still do have) lots of dreams.  Gardening was one of them.  Last year we dabbled with 2 square foot gardens that were each 4 x 4.  That got our hands dirty and I guess gave us courage to go bigger.

This year we broke ground on three 25×12 beds, one flower bed and two more beds are standing by for fall veggies that are started as seeds right now.  Our soil wasn’t conditioned, it is full of clay (although not as bad as Georgia clay) and where we wanted the flower bed was a junk pile that came with the house.  Lots of fun and lots of work are paying off.  It has not been without challenges; we are gardening organically so throwing miracle grow and round up on things is not an option.  We are learning about natural pest control, natural plant food and how to condition the soil—all of which will take time.  But it is exciting, we are eating what we are growing and we are going to continue on with a year around garden (yes even in Indiana) using plant blankets and covers.

This morning I was out in the gardens, spraying the squash plants with baking soda and water because they have powdery mildew.  My CSA coordinator says this is common in the Ohio Valley and the farmers deal with it too.  That made me feel like I was in good company, so I looked in Rodale and discovered the simple spray that will contain it and hopefully keep it from affecting the plants that don’t have it yet.

BUT JOYS and SUCCESSES!  There are many.  🙂 Here are some pictures I took this morning.  You will see a pollinator or two in my squash blossoms, my cucs, my tomato bed (that has peppers and basil too) and my squash bed (which also houses the sunflowers and green beans).

And my handsome hubby, (who is also a farmer in the making like me) on the tractor this morning scooping and moving compost.  We have started our own compost pile but this year are still relying on purchasing good compost.  We had a truck load to unload!

hubby

So dreams are coming true, more are in the making.  And speaking of dreams coming true… that tomato at the beginning of the article is going to grace an awesome BLT later today. And yes, it is from our garden.

What will you unleash today?

2 thoughts on “Gardening Joys

  1. You were really smart to “dabble” the first year. There’s just SO much to learn! This morning I was out spraying my fruit trees with neem oil to help them build their immune system. I also have some food for them that I need to ferment — who knew all this stuff? It’s so wonderful, though, when we can bring fruits and veggies in from the garden and enjoy them!

    I’m really glad I found your blog. I live in a house in town, but we have a double lot with the orchard in front and flowers/veggie beds in back, so lots to do. My hubby is less inclined to work out there, though he is helping me with weeding these days!

  2. Hi Nadine. I have used Neem Oil a lot on my veggies and some of my flowers. I was so glad when I found it a couple of years ago. I have my mom using it now. I also discovered this year, hot pepper and garlic spray. It is a great use for the habeneros I have grown and the bugs seem to dislike it a lot!
    We have no fruit trees, but have thought that would be a great edition. We do have some wild blueberries that I need to clear the thistles out of so they will thrive.

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