Alicia’s Garden 2014

When I started this blog I hoped to include an occasional post about plants, flowers and vegetables that I grew at my house. I am finally getting around to sharing the fruits of my green thumb labor. I don’t have a large property in which to have a nice cutting garden for flowers nor do I have a huge garden for vegetables, but I try!  This year’s attempt with the garden is proving quite fruitful with tomatoes and peppers. The squash and zucchinni are taking their time or a bug or disease has attacked them and I won’t see anything this year.
Given the small size of my garden I decided to install a wood trellis to let the plants that vine grow up rather than snake out all over the yard.   Here is a picture of this year’s garden. It measures approximately 12 feet long and 3 feet wide.  The crop includes parsley, a variety of peppers, spaghetti squash, crookneck squash, rosemary, tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, and chives.

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tomatoes, garden grown

cucumbers, garden grown

crookneck squash, garden grown

peppers and herbs

Since tomatoes have been the only thing from the garden that is ripe for picking, I decided to make some homemade salsa this week. It has quite a kick with jalepenos and bannana peppers!

fresh salsa, garden grown tomatoes

After countless summers of trial and error with my window boxes I think I have finally found the right mix of flowers that can tolerate full sun. Sadly we’ve lost the trees that used to line the sidewalk in front of our house due to storms.  Those trees provided a bit of shade to our house from the afternoon sun. With the full force of mother nature’s heat beating down every afternoon it is challenging to keep anything alive on the front of the house. I’ve tried so many different things each year only to watch them wilt away and die quickly. This year I planted yellow lantana, sweet potato vine and red verbena. They are thriving in the sun!  They still need a dose of water twice daily but so far so good! A little bit of Miracle Grow “Bloom Booster” also helps!

window boxesThe front porch pots are even doing well despite the grasshoppers that keep nibbling on the sweet potato vine. Grrrr!
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Sadly my endless summer hydrangeas are not holding up so well this year. The horrible, snowy winter killed any growth on the old wood and it’s all new growth coming from the ground which will not produce any blooms this year.  I look around my neighborhood and I see much the same in everyone’s yards. One of my neighbor’s has a luscious deep purple hydrangea bush that sits sadly with no blooms this year either.  In fact, I’ve consulted with several friends in the mid-Atlantic and northeast region of the country and their plants were also heavily damaged.  The new growth on the bush may not produce immediate blooms but it will thrive again one day.  As with life “strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle” – Napoleon Hill

hydrangea

What’s growing in your garden this year? I’d love to come see!

-AJ