When I worked in the tourist industry, my boss had a saying: it’s always okay to fail, but it’s never okay not to try. That’s the ideology I live by when it comes to gardening. Every single time that I have posted about an addition to my garden, it has ended in failure. Despite my efforts to be candid I rarely post about the epic fails I have experienced since I started gardening. However, I don’t let my inability to grow anything to stop me from trying. Recently I dug out a new garden spot and boxed it off, so it looks kind of like a raised bed but it’s not really. My husband and I want to try our hand, again, at making our yard work for us. We did some research, and talked to the woman at the local nursery. We learned what vegetables grow best in cold weather, and decided to plant collard greens, broccoli, and cabbage. If we were growing them from seedlings, we would have planted them about a month ago. But we are not so foolish as to think that we would actually succeed. Since we’re transplanting our veggies, September is the perfect time to plant. We got some soil specific for growing fruits and vegetables. We got two bags of Miracle Grow and worked them into our sandy soil. We added two bags of a cheaper Walmart blend as top soil. We planted our veggies a little over a week ago, and so far so good. We’ve been lucky with the weather too. We’ve only had a couple of really hot days since we planted our veggies. We watered them with the sprinkler in the morning and again in the evening the first few days, but it has rained every day since, saving us from having to use our ground water. I know it’s just a temporary reprieve, but it’s really been feeling a lot like fall around here. The veggies are loving it, they’ve already grown several inches since we planted them!
The plants on each corner are Penny Royal (in the ____ pots) and Sage (in the black pots). They are both known to repel bugs, so we don’t have a repeat of the Great Tomato Incident of 2014..
This is our overflow bed. Our eyes were bigger than our beds. The large plant in the middle is the lone survivor of the Great Tomato Incident of 2014.
As you can see, we bought more veggies than our bed could accommodate, so we planted some broccoli and cabbage in our other bed, next to the basil. While our newest bed was thriving, the broccoli and the cabbage were looking a little rough. A couple of years ago we had trouble with a mole getting into our garden, so my husband was concerned that it might be back. I remember reading that garlic will repel moles, which is great because I’ve also hear that it repels bugs, along with onions, and smelly herbs like rosemary, sage, and basil. Last night, I cut up an onion for dinner, a really smelly one. It was the kind of onion that has you sobbing before you’ve finished your first cut. I buried a quarter of that too.
I’ve also been trying to get organized again. The other day I looked around my house and realized that I’ve become that person, you know the one, the person that stacks clutter in neat little piles rather than dealing with the actual problem. This led me, not to action, but to my favorite time waster, Pinterest. I found this great pin for organizing your closet.
The idea of using fashionable bins to separate your linens, like sheets and pillow cases, intrigued me. A couple of weeks later I went to Big Lots with my mom and wouldn’t you know it, storage bins were on sale. I grabbed one and spent that evening organizing my linen closet. And since my shoe storage is in this closet, I finally got our footware organized as well. I don’t have a before picture, but this is how it looks now.
So much better!