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.


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.


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….
    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?


    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!


  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.


  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!


  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!


  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!


  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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