Disclaimer: I thought about buying a big floppy hat for this event, but then decided the gag wasn’t worth the $8.99 big-floppy-hat-price-tag. So kindly just imagine a big floppy hat, ok? With a gingham ribbon.
So, as you may have deduced from the title – yesterday afternoon was HARVEST TIME! I rallied the farmhands and got every available harvest-holding container in the house, then we trudged out to the fields for the dirty work.
(At first I’d emerged from the kitchen with the big colander, but Jeff said, “are you SURE?!” so I put it away and got the smallest one. Jeff is usually right about these things. Even though he’s not a farmer. And I am.)
Tenderly cleaning off a pepper (which was supposed to be green. I dunno.):
And now, behold the extent of my bounty!
I’d say that’s totally worth months of work, wouldn’t you?
A few of my pepper plants have little pepperlings, and the tomato plant has a few blossoms. There’s nothing really harvest-able from the hyacinth vine or the snapdragons, but they’re still chugging along. So I’m considering them a success, too.
So…what have I learned from this season’s gardening adventure?
1)Even though watering twice a day seems ridiculous, it’s probably a good idea, especially with 100+ degree temps in July.
2)Don’t bother fooling around with lettuce. Next year it’ll just be (more)tomatoes and peppers! And flowers. And herbs. And maybe I’ll actually get something useful from the experiment.
3)Container gardening is *hard*. I think in-the-ground gardening may actually be a bit easier? Wouldn’t know, since I haven’t tried it. But it seems like it would. Even though there are bugs &etc to contend with, at least the plants aren’t completely at your mercy for hydration.
4)Stir some plant food/fertilizer into the soil before planting. As soon as I fed my plantsies, all of them started growing like whoa! I felt bad for having deprived them up to that point.
5)The farmer’s market is awesome 😀
Is it completely crazy that I can’t wait to do this again next year?