We bought a house last fall. I spent the whole winter looking forward to my first real garden in years. I planned what I was going to plant. I drew pictures of how I would lay it out. I ordered seeds. When it was warm enough I started bugging my husband to build the frames for my two raised garden beds. Then we filled the beds with dirt. Since it was still pretty chilly most of the time I only planted carrots. The books all say that carrots can grow in February. I was so happy when about a month later I saw the little 1/4 inch tall carrot plants. Then another month went by and they were about 1/2 inch tall. Now it's been four months and my struggling little carrots are about four inches tall now. I pulled on today to see what the carrot part looked like. It's there. It's about 1/8 of an inch long but it does look like a carrot. Maybe in another four or five months there will actually be carrots big enough to eat.
I started seeds indoors, but most of them did not grow right or at all. When it got warm enough I planted these tiny plants in the garden beds. They didn't look like they were going to do well so I went out and bought some plants. Then I ordered some more plants online. I put in 25 strawberry plants that said they would bear in June. I was so pleased when I saw the first blossoms on the 18 plants that survived the first week. Pretty soon there were tiny little green strawberries replacing the blossoms. Then there was nothing. Something had eaten all of the tiny little green berries. About the same time I started seeing blossoms on the tomato plants. Now these were all Amish heirloom plants that I had ordered because I knew they would be so hardy. The tomatoes have all be growing very well. One day I saw a beautiful green tomato on the Amish Paste Tomato plant. I watched it every day. One day it was starting to turn red. I thought it needed a couple more days before it would be ready to pick. The next day I went to check on it. It was gone. There would be others I told myself. I had a dozen or so tiny little cherry tomatoes. Some of them had a bit of yellow on them. Some even started to have red streaks. I watched as they slowly ripened so I could pick them. One by one, just as they were about ready to pick, they disappeared. Yesterday I found one little cherry tomato that was red and ready to pick. I brought it in the house and washed it. One quick chomp and it was gone. But oh it tasted so good. I grew that tomato.
So let's see now, I spend $50 to 60 for wood to build the frames. Then we spent $120 for the dirt to fill the frames. I spent about $35 on seeds that I ordered and another $20 for the little trays to plant the seeds in. The plants that I ordered online came to about $60.00. Then there was the $45 I spent at the plant store. Add in all the time that my son and spent working in the garden. Wow, how do you account for that. And the water we used to water the garden during this drought.
I still have some herbs that I will be able to pick and dry for the winter. Not basil though. The basil just does not seem to want to grow. And the basil plants that I bought disappeared the day after I planted them. Neither does the lettuce. Now that is something I thought would grow anywhere. I have a nice size bean plant but no beans on it. My green peppers look exactly the same as they did the day I planted them. Well, except for the holes that have been nibbled in the leaves.
I think my garden this year is pretty much gonna be a bust. This fall I will fertilize the soil well before winter comes. Maybe that will help for next year. I'm also going to invest in some marigolds and other plants to deter animal next year. Oh well, such is my experience as a first year gardener.
So let's add it up:
Wood for the frames: $60.00
Dirt to fill the frames: $120.00
Seeds, and plants: $160.00
1 tiny cherry tomato: PRICELESS
I am copying a post about Baby Sean, born on June 10, 2012. He needs help and I know some of you will be able to help him. Here is the post from Hybrid Rasta Mama:
On June 10th 2012, Baby Sean was born. He is truly a miracle baby and both he and his family need our help.
From 2001 until June 2011, I was fortunate enough to have five of the
most caring, uplifting, generous and supportive people caring for my
grandmother who suffered from dementia. This family literally fell into
our lives and because of their selflessness, my grandmother lived 94
wonderful years. Without the care and support she received, I doubt that
my daughter would have had the opportunity to spend two years with a
great-grandmother who loved her, even when she did not have a clue who
Caroline was my grandmother’s main caretaker but her entire family
(husband Tony and their three young children) did everything that my
family could not. They bathed her, they cleaned up her bathroom
accidents, they fed her nourishing foods, they told her stories, they
took her to concerts, they took her camping, they took her to family
events, and the list goes on. They lived with her 24 hours per day, 7
days per week with no time off. They embraced her and together, they
become an expanded family.
After my grandmother passed away in June 2011, I not only mourned her
death but I mourned the loss of my extended family. Although I knew we
would keep in touch, it would still be different.
Fast forward to the end of May 2012. Caroline had been experiencing a
headache that defied words. She decided to go to the hospital, knowing
that something serious was going on. A short while after her arrival, she learned that she was 26 weeks pregnant and in a major health crisis.
That headache was the result of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.
Both Caroline and her unborn baby were in serious trouble.
Caroline was put on hospital bed rest where a fabulous team of doctors
and nurses did all they could to keep Caroline’s baby where he should
be…in his warm, watery womb. Unfortunately, Caroline’s placenta was too
thick, her baby was not getting nourishment, and his life was in danger.
After his heart kept stopping, Caroline underwent an emergency
C-section to save both her baby’s life as well as hers.
15 days after walking into the hospital for a headache, Caroline gave
birth to a 1 pound 10 ounce baby boy she and her husband named Sean
Feleti Jeremiah Mokofisi.
Baby Sean is a miracle. He is a fighter. And he has a long road ahead of
him. However, Baby Sean is already breathing well on his own, a miracle
and something pretty rare for a baby only 28 weeks gestational age. He
has had some significant health challenges since his birth but has
fought through them with the help of a wonderful and talented team of
Baby Sean is not able to be held or breastfeed but Caroline is pumping
milk and the hospital has been very supportive of her through this. They
are also open to supplementing with donor milk, knowing how crucial
breastmilk is to a premature baby.
Caroline has had some health challenges as she recovers from not only
the C-section but the preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. However,
she is expected to be released from the hospital soon. Baby Sean is not
so fortunate. His stay will be quite lengthy.
This is where YOU come in.
and her family were already at a financial disadvantage before this
incredible journey began. They work hard, they are generous people –
giving to those even less fortunate than they are. They give everything
they have to care for their children and give them the best life
possible. But the economic cards have been stacked against them and the
financial impact of such a lengthy and complex hospital stay for both
Caroline and Baby Sean will be devastating to them.
Once Caroline is released from the hospital, she will have to travel 45
minutes each direction to see her baby daily. The cost of gasoline is
going to make this near impossible. On top of that, Caroline needs to
begin preparing for Baby Sean’s arrival home and literally does not have
the resources to purchase the most basic of baby supplies let alone
some of the special supplies a premature baby with Sean’s health needs
Today we are reaching out to you. Could you donate $1 – just ONE DOLLAR – to help Baby Sean?
Your donation will go towards clothes, cloth diapers, a car seat, and
other premature baby essentials. In addition, it will help this
beautiful family make the daily trip to bond with and bring breastmilk
to their precious son.
If you aren’t able to donate, perhaps you know someone who could.
In lieu of a donation, we are asking for help in spreading the word.
We know that in these tough economic times, it is difficult to know when
to give and what cause deserves our hard earned dollar. This baby needs
our help now! Imagine if this was your baby and all you needed was a
little financial cushion so you could start your baby’s life out right?
Caroline, Tony, their entire family and Baby Sean are already deeply
grateful, humbled, and moved to tears by the mere fact that we are
raising funds to assist them in their greatest hour of need. So thank you for your help. It literally will make a world of difference in this family and child’s lives.
HOW TO HELP
To donate to the Help Baby Sean fund, please click the DONATE button below. You will be taken to Paypal where you can donate even if you do not have a Paypal account.
Together, we WILL be able
to help Baby Sean and his family get off to the best start possible.
Again, thank you and many, many blessings for your generosity!
Please do what you can to help Baby Sean and his family. If you can repost this urgent need.
I am a stay at home homeschooling mom using Time4Learning.com with my eight year old son for online curriculum. I try to be as green as possible. Doing my part to help save the planet one stitch at a time.