It’s been years and years since I’ve planted a vegetable garden. So long ago, in fact, that the girls were all still home and in elementary school. Oh, I’ve had a pot of basil for the past couple of summers, and a pair with tomatoes once or twice. But for some reason I can’t quite fathom, a la Michelle Obama, I’m so in the mood for my own home-grown veggies this year.
Now I have to admit there’s more to my craving. I’ve been challenged. Let me rephrase that. I’ve been insulted by my darling husband. I guess he’s been married to me long enough to be convinced that the care and upkeep of my garden will eventually fall to him. He’s ver-ry skeptical that my interest in caring for my little plot of veglets will continue once the temperature raises above 90 degrees (which it will certainly do) or once I fall in the throes of deadline hell (which I will most certainly do). He knows I don’t like the heat. Worse, I hate bugs and worms. Even so, I can’t let him win.
Let the challenge begin!
But first, I have a few questions for all of you. Not only do I want to plant vegetables, I also have this driving need to plant more flowers around the house. (Remember that wedding I blogged about not so long ago? Yep. It’s right around the corner. And lots of people will be traipsing through the Crooks’ yard. It’s important that they be impressed.)
So I desperately need your help. Share with me your favorite ideas. Be generous with your advice. Give me all your tips. Help me win the challenge!
(And because I’m that desperate, I’m going to bribe y’all by giving away a copy of my brand new book–THE CATTLEMAN’S UNSUITABLE WIFE–to the person who gives me the most help!)
I have a few questions about vegetables:
1. A friend told me to save my banana peels, then put them in the ground before adding the plant. I presume one banana per plant. Has anyone ever done this? And would I do it only once during the initial planting? Would I ever put them above ground?
3. Any other kitchen waste ideas?
4. What’s your favorite Tomato plant? I’ve never grown lettuce before, but I want to. What’s your favorite kind of lettuce?
5. Rabbits are an *annoying* pest. Have you had any luck in keeping them away, besides unsightly chicken wire?
I came across an informative article in our local newspaper on how to fill containers with flowers. I’m happy to share:
Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers.
Even I understood this. Flowers/plants that fall into the Thriller category are those that are bold, give color and dramatic height, like the popular spikes. Fillers give texture and are of more medium height, coleus perhaps. And Spillers are easy enough–ivies or trailing petunias.
What do you put in your planters?
1. Last fall, we planted pansies. They were so pretty, but I’d read they’d come back in the spring. Alas, they didn’t. Are they supposed to? We have new ones planted now, but once they wilt from the heat of the coming summer, must I re-plant again in the fall?
2. Anyone have any luck with spring tulip bulbs? Do they really come back every year?
3. The north side of our house is a problem. We have some hostas, but they grow spindly. Give me some suggestions–what has worked well on the north side of your house?
Okay. I’ll stop the questions, and I’m looking forward to your answers.
(Don’t forget my bribe. THE CATTLEMAN’S UNSUITABLE WIFE–in stores very soon–to one very helpful winner!!)