If you read Gardening Corner for the Kids or Prepping the Garden you may remember that this year in an attempt to keep the kids and rabbits from picking, eating, and trampling whatever I try to grow I planted some herbs in our front beds, made a gardening corner for the kids in one corner of the backyard, and then planted some okra, squash, and garlic in another corner. Here’s how it’s going so far.
The dill and cilantro in the front beds are looking good. My basil didn’t sprout. However, my mom and step-dad kindly gave me a few of their plants. Plus they say they have a lemon parsley plant for me too. So fingers crossed those transplants go well. The chives are growing, but next time I am going to go back to planting those in a large pot. They are so fine that weeding around them is pretty difficult. The Russian Sages were tiny little things last year. Now they are big as bushes with pretty purple tips.
The kids corner is going well. Their snap peas, or as my son calls them “beanstunks”, are growing up okra stalks leftover from last year. We put a tomato plant that was almost dead back there for more shade, and it is coming back to life. I had also put some compost at the bottom of the tomato plant, and now there are little tiny sprouts. We aren’t sure what they are, but just for fun we are going to let them grow to find out.
The squash, okra, and garlic are growing nicely in the other corner. I didn’t realize two important things before planting though. 1) I didn’t know the squash would get so big. Next year, I will plant them further apart. 2) There is a rabbit hole in the fence behind were I planted, and one of my mini dachshunds stands on guard there all day long. I keep trying to block it, but it’s not working.
So far though there have only been a few plant casualties due to kids, dogs, or rabbits. Fingers crossed it stays that way!
For my next gardening venture I am thinking about planting pumpkins in July so they are ready in October. Since I have never tried to grow them, does anyone have any advice? Is it worth the endeavor?