Thursday, May 26, 2011

What's Growing in my Garden

Is there anything creepier than a close-up picture of a doll face?

My first foray into gardening is still progressing nicely…are at least, I think, it is progressing nicely.  I’m growing stuff, so that seems like I’m doing something right.  The one thing that has definitely been an ongoing battle would be growing strawberries.  After planting them, I soon discovered I had a yard full of gangsta squirrels.  I tried a plastic owl, Cayenne pepper, pepper spray stuff from Home Depot, lights, rubber snakes, the coon dogs from Where the Red Fern Grows, Vatican guards, fireworks and a Nicaraguan death squad.  Nothing worked.  I finally just dug up the strawberries and put them in pots.  I moved the pots by the windows in the garage.  All this work and Tiffany and I have eaten one strawberry.  We cut it in four pieces.  It was a really good, but a very brief strawberry eating experience.   I replaced the strawberries with squash and zucchini.  I grew them from seeds.  At this point, I feel like they are about to graduate from middle school…actual grown up zucchini and squash will not be far behind.  I also planted a pumpkin plant.  I gift from a friend (thanks Colt!).  We are hoping we’ll have pumpkins to carve for Halloween.  I also grew potatoes and broccoli! Sure they may be the smallest potatoes and broccoli florets in the world…but still, I grew them. Hands down, however, the thing I am most excited about are my tomato plants.  Jodie Foster is the cherry tomato plant and Mariska Hargitay and Marg Helgenberger are my big boy tomato plants.  I put my hands on their tomatoes as much as possible.  Jodie Foster has been giving us lots of cherry tomatoes and Mariska and Marg are growing tomatoes now, too. 

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A salad made from romaine lettuce grown in my garden.

I open the garage door to let the strawberries sun themselves.  I suspect moments after this picture was taken a squirrel stole any berries growing on the plants.

squash and zucchini

small, but tasty

Jodie Foster

Touching one of Markisa's tomatoes.

Mariska and Marg

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