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It’s Time to Plant!

May 11, 2011

My grandmother, I am told, can grow anything. Unfortunately, I did not inherit this characteristic from her. What is the opposite of a green thumb? Whatever it is, I have it! House plants shrink when I walk by them in the store, trying to hide behind other plants in hopes that I won’t pick them. Nevertheless, for the past few years we’ve grown a garden in our backyard. I have to say, it has been awesome and way easier than I thought! You pretty much just have to prepare your soil, plant your plants, and water them about once or twice a week. They magically grow and bear fruit. It’s amazing!

Here are a couple of tips if you’re thinking about trying out a vegetable garden:
1) Go to a nursery to get your plants. Their plants are usually in better condition than at the hardware store, plus they have a wider variety. Last year I planted a french variety of zuchinni that I’m in love with. It’s a lighter color and has a milder flavor with an almost creamy texture. It’s called “Magda Hybrid”
2) Choose a sunny spot – vegetables need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day
3) If you’re short on space, choose plants that grow well in containers (tomatoes – especially cherry tomatoes), or try a vertical garden (I’m trying a trellis for my zuchinni and cucumbers this year, so the vines grow up instead of out. Apparently, the vines grow stronger because they know they have to support heavier fruit – I don’t know how they know this, but word on the stree is that they do.  You can even grow pumpkins this way!)
4) Tips for tomatoes (my favorite homegrown vegetables): you shouldn’t grow tomatoes in the same spot two years in a row. When you plant tomatoes, plant them really deep – planting about half the plant underground (leaves and all!) The lower leaves that are in the dirt become roots. Also, water them a bit at the beginning, but then don’t water them for a while – like several weeks – so they can establish deep roots which makes for stronger plants. My Dad’s friend who is a farmer said, “Tomatoes need to suffer so they can become strong.” (I guess tomatoes are kind of like people.) Anyway, keep an eye on them – if they look like they’re wilting, give them a drink, but otherwise let them struggle until they start bearing fruit. Then you’ll water them more often so the fruit gets nice and juicy.

Good luck! We planted a few weeks ago, and I’m dreaming about a crop like this again:

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. katie Wells permalink
    May 11, 2011 9:16 pm

    Hi Lisa,

    I’m excited for all your new adventures in writing!
    Good Luck with your book!

    You always make my day when you post on your blog.
    You do have a great flair for writing.

    Good luck planting!

    • June 10, 2012 10:41 pm

      It is nice to grow your own tomatoes. My nubmer one reason for growing them is that I eat them everyday and they are expensive! (at least the kind I like)So the tomatoes above are orange heirloom cherry tomatoes, yellow heirloom pear tomatoes and the rogue red (plum? or campari?) tomatoes. If you remember in this post: I have no idea where those red tomatoes came from, they just popped up in the garden!I also have san marzano tomatoes, roma and black heirloom tomatoes growing.

  2. May 11, 2011 9:39 pm

    Hi Lisa, I’m a friend of Katie’s W.’s and I’m sure you don’t remember me but I’m sure that I met you in college. You are so familiar! Anyway, I’m a writer too and she told me to check out your site. I love the clean feeling of it and your photography is wonderful. Happy writing!

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