I expected the grass to take over the garden area by mid-April but the plots were just sitting there empty, as if waiting for me. A Facebook friend (one that I inspired to garden last year) said, "I'll bet your garden looks awesome!" I confidently informed him that I wasn't growing a garden this year. I held fast through nearly the end of May.
As my gardening friends on Facebook began to share their newly sprouted veggies, a sadness like no other washed over me. I felt empty and depressed. After all, I am a gardener! I preach to other people about gardening! I'm the one that my friends seek out for gardening wisdom! What was I thinking?
"But, what if it's too late to plant?" I thought to myself. After all, I usually have most everything in the ground between April 1st and 15th. I pondered for about twenty minutes and decided to throw caution to the wind! Using my saved seeds from last year's garden and some purchased tomato and pepper plants, I put in our garden in about two day's time.
Definitely the bugs are worse this year but I'm so thankful that I planted anyway.
|Gorgeous Custard Squash planted from last year's saved seeds|
|Cucumbers hanging off the trellis|
|This picture gives a perspective of how big the cucumber plants have grown|
|We were blessed with many volunteer plants this year! |
Dave built a tee pee for this wayward cucumber.
|Beautiful volunteer tomato plant amongst the squash and marigolds|
|I'd love to hear about your garden experiences this year! Have you had better luck with planting early or late for your zone?|