When my love and I married almost 6 years ago, (pre-photographer days) we moved into an apartment in College Station. We had one plant on our front doorstep and one African Violet inside. When we relocated to Dallas that next year, we took the African Violet with us...AND IT SURVIVED! In fact, it survived the next 4 years until we moved back to Bryan/College Station. During our 5 years in an apartment, we always talked about having a garden. We dreamed of what we would plant and about how we would "live off the land." Having ZERO knowledge of what would grow in the area, we dreamed of planting everything from peach trees to strawberry vines, blackberry bushes and green leafy vegetables.
We were blessed to unexpectedly move into a house with a wonderful yard last June. It truly was and is a dream come true for us! My husband was made for it. He has been busy! He and his chief assistant do the majority of the hard labor. I get to sit back and plan what will fill the spaces he creates.
This year, we decided to plant a little bit of everything and we started it all from seeds.
Cantaloupe, onions, carrots, spaghetti squash, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumber, green and yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, swiss chard, leafy cabbage and an assortment of herbs.
After sprouting and transferring everything, here is what we have left:
SPAGHETTI SQUASH. I anticipate hundreds by the end of the season. Not realizing squash is a vine, I planted many, many seeds. We ended up with around 16 vines. Each vine already has at least one squash growing. I hear these produce like crazy...this picture verifies that as fact.
Yellow squash. I also planted about 30 of these, but thankfully the birds at most of the seeds and we have 4 vines left. So far, I've seen one squash growing.
Zucchini. Same story as the yellow squash. 4 vines that are slower to grow than the squash. That's probably a good thing at this point.
Cucumbers. Another repeat as above. I'm grateful that there are only a few surviving vines, because our family doesn't really eat pickles...We will eat them fresh in salads but I don't plan on canning them.
We deemed this year a learning year. I often feel pressure to be perfect from the outset of any venture and needed freedom to fail in this. I've failed for sure. We didn't water enough. We planted somewhere around 100 onion seeds and we have NONE left. We planted about 50 carrots and have a single carrot sprout growing. We are learning as we go and it's SUPER refreshing and fun!
While I am on maternity leave, I will be making a weekly blog called Farm Fresh Fridays. I will share what we are learning from the garden, photos OF COURSE, and maybe even some fun recipes! I hope you will join me each Friday!
Lastly, I leave you with some precious photos of my helping hand! Couldn't get all those plants watered without this guy.