Thursday, July 1, 2010

First fruits...

A quickie with the Greenhabilitator...

As I sat staring blankly at the computer screen last night, high on prescription cough medicine (which wasn't helping my cough in the slightest, by the way) I decided you all would forgive me if I didn't have a post up early this morning.

This morning my eyelids are drooping and I'm already wondering if 8:43 am is too early for a nap, so I'll keep this short and sweet today. I wanted to share my excitement that our garden is growing! Of course, my garden is put to utter shame by the photos that Erin posted of her garden yesterday. (Holy moly!) But this is the first year that we've outsmarted the deer, elk, rabbits and other creatures and actually had real food grow.

Can I tell you how sweet it was to eat a salad freshly picked from the garden last night?


While it still has a long way to go, we are happy to see signs of life everywhere...



For the seasoned gardeners out there: How many years did it take you before you had what you would consider to be a successful garden? What was your learning curve like?

And for anyone who has a natural cough remedy, I'd love to hear about that as well!

9 comments:

Country Girl in the City said...

Being a city dweller, I don't the luxury of having my own garden. It's one of the things I miss about country living. As a kid, we always had a garden, so I'm not sure about the start up curve, but they can be very cyclical. It always seemed like every year the wildlife (and this includes critters and weeds) would pick a different garden to raid/wreak havoc in.

I find hot tea with honey to be very soothing for coughs and sore throats. Whether that's because that's what mother used to give me or because it actually calms the irritation, I couldn't tell you. I hope you feel better soon.

Jenn the Greenmom said...

Last year was our first REALLY successful year, as it was the first year we had a decent sized yard to HAVE a garden in...but it was also the first year I was able to take any time at all to tend to it. We tried in minor ways for about 5 years before that, and managed a few handfulls of tomatoes and a couple of squash and bitter cucumbers.

I'm a very lazy gardener and only manage to grow what takes little tending. So my learning curve has had a lot to do with figuring out what those plants are, and giving up on the rest! (I love peppers...but I spent five years trying to grow peppers and not having luck, so finally this year I gave up.)

Lots of trial and error. When the tomatoes worked, I remembered this year to try more of them. When the peas last year got bunny-mowed, we figured out we needed a bunny-fence. Stuff like that.
That was a LOVELY salad, congratulations!

For your cough--if you're near a Whole Foodsy kind of place that sells medicinal teas, I highly recommend the Traditional Medicinals brands, especially the Cold-Care PM and Throat Coat versions...

Rosa said...

My garden is never as successful as I'd like. We don't get a lot of sun, and since i had my son I've been scaling back every year. Last year I was pretty successful with self-watering containers, but this year I didn't plant any...I've come to judge based on output-per-effort instead of actual output, and by that measure it gets better every year :)

Robbie said...

I think your confidence grows with time. Our first year, we planted lettuce, onions and herbs, and we grew from there. This year, I think I got too ambitious with my space, but that's another lesson learned.

Feel better soon!

Sense of Home said...

Hot water with one-half a lemon squeezed in and a spoonful of honey. That is my cough/sore throat remedy.

Your garden looks terrific

Jaime said...

Sorry you aren't feeling well. A friend of mine is always talking about medicinal herbs & her friend's elderberry cough syrup. But I don't know anything about it, so do your research!

We're still experimenting with gardening. We had a great time with tomatoes & green beans last year — so easy. This year, we're trying several squash & melons, as well as our first square-foot garden. As long as we do a little better each year, I'll feel encouraged to keep experimenting!

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

My garden is embarrassing! I'm loving the harvest, but the over organized side of me is already planning what to do differently next year. For starters, we need much more heavy duty stakes for the tomatoes.

Krista said...

for the cough - steaming! Just boil water and inhale the steam. I cover my head and the pot with a teatowel so the steam doesn't escape. Do it a couple times per day, and in a few days you should start feeling better.

Daisy said...

Mine changes a bit each year. I've had a backyard garden for 13 years now, and I've been successful with different "crops" every year. Most years tomatoes do well; last year they didn't. I kept stubbornly planting peas, and last year was the first time they did well. In general, start small; that way you'll have a few successes right away and can build on them.

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