I have a black thumb.
Houseplants die just being in my vicinity.
So, you might imagine my immense delight at my two garden boxes we started this spring. I never expected them to look like this!
Pretty lush and green for a girl with a black thumb, right? I am really quite surprised. Especially after the squash bug infestation we had. Not that the squash bugs did any real damage, however, my homemade Pinterest inspired spray bottle of Dawn dish soap and peppermint essential oil was another story. Yeah, it was satisfying to watch the squash bugs die on contact, but nobody told me that I’d be burning my plants’ leaves at the same time. Anyway…
Setting the dinner table with veggies grown from our own backyard is so much fun. The kids really get a kick out of it, too, and they’re so much more agreeable about eating their veggies!
Here’s what we planted in our two garden boxes this year. I realize I put way too many plants in these boxes… I’ll try to restrain myself next time.
- 4 zucchinis
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 pumpkin
- 1 cherry tomato
- 2 onions
- 1 cantaloupe
- 1 acorn squash
Mostly we have zucchini coming out our ears. I really love our fresh cucumbers, though. They’re the best!
The kids love to check the garden and see if there’s anything ripe for the picking…and there usually is.
We have a few different plants growing in our hydroponic Tower Garden, too.
This is our first year using a hydroponic system…one that uses mineral water in place of soil. It’s pretty neat and fairly low maintenance. I don’t have to know anything about gardening in order for it to work. And I like that. I especially like that I don’t even have to remember to water it. It has a timer and waters itself. Yay!
Right now we’re growing these goodies in our garden tower:
- lots of different lettuces
The neat thing about the Tower Garden is that you can bring it inside to continue growing things throughout the winter. It has special lights that you attach so it receives enough light. It’s pretty neat! I can’t wait to see how it works this winter. We’re already planning what we want to grow.
If anyone has gardening tips to share, please do! I’d also love to hear about your gardening experiences.