Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Living Healthfully: Organic Gardening (Week Six)

I'm documenting our first summer of gardening in hopes having a manual to guide us next year. We started a garden because we wanted to take a step in becoming more self-sufficient and sustainable. We're also trying to cut the grocery bill by a third, farm the land responsibly and grow organic produce for our family to enjoy.

Know how every rose has its thorn?

Yeah, I knew that, too. Old news {and bad song}.

But what I didn't know was that every zucchini plant also has one.

And, holy-finger-pricking ouch do those suckers hurt.

As a novice gardener, I wish someone would've shared that with me before I went outside this morning to pull the weeds that are growing just as aptly as our plants in the wonderful mix of summer sun and rain we've had during the past two weeks.

Because our squash plants are growing, um, like weeds, I had to pull back the large, broad leaves to effectively remove the actual weeds. And that's when the sucker bit me.

So, lesson learned: wear my gardening gloves while weeding.

I'm stupid amounts of pleased about how the critters have abandoned operation: eat all the plants. Before my weeding lesson this morning, I thought it mostly had to do with the chicken wire my husband added to the perimeter of the garden; but I know think the sharp spikes sprouting from the squash plants {they were the main victim of the operation} has more to do with deterring the midnight munchies.

And another thing about squash; are the leaves supposed to be bigger than my bed-room pillows? Or are these squash on some kind of {organic} steroids? I swear one day I'm going to walk out to the garden and they are going to bellow, "Seymour, Feed Me." Except they probably won't call me Seymour.

And lastly, here's a shot of some of the toddlers {human and tomato} we've lovingly welcomed into our compound.

I told G. this morning, from now on, we're going to measure him according to the height of our garden plants.

"Oh, my G., you're as tall as a late-June tomato plant!" I joked.

He thought that was pretty funny, hence the "oh-mommy-you're-still-funny-and-not-too-lame smile."

But I doubt he'll think I'm as amusing when he's 16 and I'm lining him up to measure his height with early-August zuchinni plants.


  1. No, at 16 he probably won't be so amused with you. :)

    I have no idea how big squash leaves are supposed to get. Those seem awfully big though! And ouch about the thorns. I didn't know that either.

  2. Holy crimeola! Those are some huge squash leaves. I'm with you on being shocked by their size.

    Oh, and if you want a lesson on how to pull thistles without getting pricked, let me know. I think I've mastered it. Maybe.

  3. Ha ha! Yes, squash leaves get enormous! It always seems to surprise first-time squashers.

    Your plants and your human are growing wonderfully. :)

  4. I know nothing about gardening so I'm not much help, but it looks beautiful. Maybe I'll attempt a garden next year...

  5. What do you mean that's a bad song??? NO way!!! :)
    (I'm totally kidding... and going to be calling you later to sing when I can't get the song out of my head!!)

  6. I love the garden, love. Considering putting one in next year in the terraces of the rock wall that is my back yard. The HOA will LOVE it. :)

  7. Lookin' good!

    I picked my first pea pods yesterday and would be out in my raspberries if that rain hadn't produced a bumper crop of mosquitoes! Uffda!


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