Yesterday, I shared with you a little ironing board I created from a t.v. table. When that project was complete, I came in to work on a pen-pal basket for my daughter. So many times my daughter writes letters to her precious little pen-pal and it takes me forever to get them in the mail simply because I keep forgetting to put an address on the envelope and put it in the mail. It finally occurred to me to make a basket of supplies for her to prepare her own letters to go in the mail. I am currently without a computer that works with my printer, so I just printed some labels by hand and added them to a small basket with a few envelopes and stamps. Now, addressing and stamping an envelope is as easy as putting on two stickers! Hopefully, now, her sweet pen-pal won't have to wait so long between letters- at least on my part!
After finishing that project, our family headed out of town to run a few errands. Upon visiting a garden center, I simply could not resist the urge to buy tomato plants and a basil plant. The thought of going through the summer here in the south without my own tomatoes was killing me! What true southerner does that??? I didn't have a clue what I would do with them when I got home, but I just had to have them! I looked at a few pots, but I couldn't justify spending $20 a pot for tomato plants I didn't have to have. I decided I was just going to have to make a garden. Do you ever feel sad over the appearance of your garden? Well, I can just about guarantee your garden looks better than mine. I know because mine isn't really a garden at all. Since last summer I have begged for raised beds. I have begged for tilled ground. I have begged for the tiller to be cranked so I could try till up the ground myself and prepare it for planting...something, anything...just something somewhere where I could plant something! Sigh....Planting season has found me with no place to plant my new tomato and basil plants or the little seedlings I have babied for weeks. Now, you have to understand I don't have a green thumb whatsoever! I have the worst brown thumb you have ever seen. I am doing good to keep the hair growing on my head! For me to have taken seeds from a vegetable I ate and to have grown actual plants was nothing short of a miracle! I simply could not let my plants, bought or grown myself, sit and die. With my son's tiny little trowel in my hand, I picked a spot in my backyard and started digging a hole. There! There is where my garden found itself. No tilling and turning of soil, no soil amendments. Nothing but a hole dug in the weeds. Then another hole and another hole, and another hole until I had ten tomato plants, two garlic plants, a basil plant, and twenty one pepper plants in their new home in the weedy plot of ground I deemed a garden. I planted the vegetables after I planted the ten snapdragons I started from seeds in an appropriate place in the flower beds. My husband did feel sorry for me when I got down to the last few pepper plants and stabbed myself with the trowel. He pulled out the mattock and dug the last few holes so I could more quickly get the rest of the plants in the ground. That was a good thing since it was getting dark and he was grilling a delicious steak! This is what I ended up with. *Warning! The following images may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised!*
What's that you said? You can't see the plants? Don't feel bad. You are not alone. It takes me a few minutes to find them too! :) Look a little closer.
There is the basil, and if you look carefully, you may be able to see a couple of tomato plants.
It's sad. I know. Painful actually. I warned you, though! Here. Take a peek at a few of the peppers, and the torture will be over.
Anybody want to come get rid of weeds? :)
Please share your garden success with me! I would love to see them or at least hear about them! Even if mine can't be beautiful, I can appreciate those that are! It gives me hope for next year!
Until we meet again, may you be blessed!