I haven’t been shy about the fact that our first attempt at gardening hasn’t gone as planned.  First of all, we did approximately zero research on which plants would work in our climate, which wouldn’t, and which fruits and vegetables require special care.

As a result of our carelessness, our garden has suffered a few casualties thus far, including (please bow your head in silence):

I have no clue what this is!

I have no clue what this is!

  • Two Cilantro Plants
  • Three Broccoli Plants
  • One Kale Plant

You may now speak. 

It appears that this may not have been entirely my fault, however.  I was talking to my neighbor the other night when he informed me that our garden sits where the prior owners grew pumpkins and composted their trash.

DING DING DING DING DING….

That explains a lot, especially the fact that my garden has been taken over by pumpkins and pumpkin vines.  Remember when I wondered how a pumpkin ended up in my gardenMystery solved, folks.  Mystery solved.

I Will Have Pumpkins….Lots of Pumpkins

DSCF3591Here she is in all her glory.  Judging by the sheer number of pumpkin blossoms and pumpkin vines I have in my garden, my guess is that I might have anywhere from 15-30 pumpkins in the next few months.  It makes me think I need to start brainstorming recipe ideas for pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, and maybe even pumpkin soufflé.  Hopefully we’ll even have our own pumpkins to carve for Halloween.  Wouldn’t that be fun?

DSCF3590I’m also really enjoying the baby veg that have begun to sprout in my backyard garden, specifically these baby squash.  Aren’t they adorable?  I water them carefully each day and love watching them grow.  I feel like their momma!  I can’t wait to make some sort of amazing veggie concoction with them and force my kids to eat it.  They have to….we grew it ourselves!

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I also love watching tiny cucumbers grow.  It’s amazing how much bigger they get in such a short timeframe.  We’ve harvested and eaten one so far and it was delicious.  From the looks of it, we should have dozens of them- hopefully not all at once.

I Heart Baby Veg

We’ve learned a lot about gardening this year even though we’re still in the thick of it.  We learned that you cannot grow a ridiculous amount of food on a tiny square of land, for instance, and we learned that it’s important to pull weeds before they get so big you think they are actually a vegetable.  We also learned how important it is to read the little labels on each plant carefully.  If we had done that, we wouldn’t have planted broccoli plants so close to cucumbers and cilantro in a place it couldn’t possibly survive.  May they rest in peace.

Overall, it’s been a fun and enlightening experience, although next year we will probably be slightly less aggressive with our efforts and stick to just a few different plants.  In the meantime, our only plan is to keep helping our little babies grow and eat them when they’re ready.  I cannot wait!

Did you have a garden this year?