Tuesday, June 1, 2010

as the garden grows, so does the gardener

mr. melly has been working non-stop for weeks, in the yard and in the garden.
last year was our first gardening experience, and as the garden grew, so did this gardener. i learned the difference between pole beans and bush beans. i learned the best way to eat a tomato is like an apple, right off the vine, warmed by the sun. i grew hibiscus from seed. they made it through the winter. the mandevilla did not.

i learned wisteria do not like to be moved around. i grew a plant from seed last year and was thrilled to see it leaf this spring. i wanted to move it to the garden, but killed it trying to replant. one day i will have a blooming wisteria. but not this year.

but i do have strawberries!
they are sweet and delicious. and i learned six plants can easily turn into about ten!

i also learned some work needs to be done in the fall. it has taken ken no less than five days to get the space ready to plant. he got a rototiller and made quick work - removing the grass, turning the fall leaves and working in my compost. compost, what a miracle! i took all my kitchen scraps last year, sawdust from baby mac's crib and weeds basically, and created a beautiful, nutrient rich product to work into the soil. mother nature is one clever lady.

stay tuned for more pictures and to see how my garden grows.

6 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

Beeeeautiful Melly! Those strawberries looks fabulous!!!

Creative Minx said...

Ohhh.... I must say Melly: I love this post.

Channon said...

I miss having a garden. Maybe this weekend, I'll finally get the tomato hanging thingee done?

gaylen said...

Oh my strawberries are so not ready yet! Yours look delish. Hope you get wisteria soon. g

Stacy said...

Lovely strawberries! I love gardening!!

Robin/Indy said...

Can't wait to see this years pics of your garden - last years were so lush and happy. Be careful...those garden gnomes can hurt your back (maybe they ride around on your back while you're planting and weeding) think?
miss you...robin