True Confessions

lettuceI feel like I must confess here.

After all my noble efforts to start my own plants this winter – well – ahem – things haven’t worked out so well.

Let’s start with my pathetic cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower plants.

They were so bad that when I was shopping with my sister at the Amish stores – in a moment of weakness I bought all new big and beautiful plants and planted them in my garden.

That’s not all – the spindly little cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower starts that I’ve been nursing for months got yanked out of their pots and – are you ready for this – fed to the chickens.

Ouch.

But wait – there’s more!

Most of cantaloupe, watermelon, pumpkin, and squash plants looked fabulous for a while – but then started shriveling up and dying. Anything that had at least one green leaf got planted in the garden this week.

I think I will need to do a lot of replanting!

But on the bright side -we’ve have several meals of asparagus, a few tiny radish and our first garden fresh salad. The lettuce I planted was a mix of different varieties – some I am not familiar with.

Pedro took one bite of lettuce last night and announced, “I think I just ate a weed!”

I must confess that since my garden is not exactly weed-free that I”m more that a little worried he did!

Speaking of lettuce – during that same shopping trip with my sister Teresa – I also bought 2-4 packs of  head lettuce to put in the garden – thinking they would give me a head start on salad.

Two nights later there was a bunny convention in my garden and all my beautiful heads were served as the entree. Let’s just say that was some expensive bunny food. 😦

But then there’s my tomato plants. We moved them into bigger pots a few weeks ago and planted them in the garden this week. They are doing great!

My friend Mendi asked me at Matt’s Graduation party just how many tomato plants I actually planted this year. Would you believe I didn’t even know?!

But since this post is a confessional of sorts – I sent Angel Girl out to count.

58.

Yes – I need to confess to going slightly overboard and planting fifty-eight tomato plants. I may be handing out bags of ripe tomatoes to random strangers come mid-August! 🙂

There – now that all of my garden blunders are out in the open – I have nothing more to hide.

They say that confession is good for the soul – I hope it’s good for a laugh or two as well! 🙂

I’ve linked this post up with the Tuesday Garden Party over at An Oregon Cottage.

8 thoughts on “True Confessions

  1. If the bunnies are eating the entree at your house, then they must be coming here for dessert!
    I started a bunch of seeds as well…having mixed results.
    I also started tomatoes from seed this year.
    My hubby told me they would never make it.
    Last year I had 21 plants and thought I would die, but then we were in love with all of the yummy tomato goodness all winter.
    So in my moment of weakness and insecurity…
    I bought established tomatoes.
    Just. in. case….
    But…
    Mu hubs was W.R.O.N.G.!
    My plants that I started look like a million bucks!
    And now….
    I have about 35 plants!
    Oh my!
    Do you want to get together in August and have a canning party?

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    1. Oh my! A canning party sounds like so much fun! When we’re done canning we can sit in lawn chairs and target practice on bunnies!

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  2. Hmmmm when you have all those extra tomatoes in August – could you drive some over to Indiana? My tomato plants aren’t looking all that great right now.

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  3. My oh my. Aren’t gardens a humbling experience sometimes? I can honestly say I’ve never planted 58 tomatoes! Wow. You are going to be busy, busy, busy this summer. Enjoy them though!

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  4. After realizing that we didn’t plant enough tomato plants last year, we planted 35 this year to can enough to last through the winter. Also, I’m a witness that eating a few weeds won’t kill you – but it sure makes for interesting dinner conversation!

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  5. 58????? You’re gonna be one busy woman come peak garden season!?! Prayerfully it will be a bountiful year and your pantry will be overflowing!

    It was SO GREAT to see you at Matt’s celebration. I look forward to getting together again when we can visit longer!

    Love ya friend!

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  6. Wow- you will have a lot to give away. 🙂 And don’t feel too bad about the seedlings- happens to me all the time. I just keep trying ’cause a lot of the time it works out (not this year, though- the slugs are out to get me!).

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