The Growing Girl

Amateur gardening experiences of a growing girl.


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Spring 2014 In Effect

I’m back! And I’m in full swing with my balcony garden. This season I will be reaping bountiful harvests. I have learned greatly from my half-hearted and failed attempt of 2013. Don’t get discouraged, read around and find a solution that can get your garden where you need it to be. Let’s be honest, produce costs can be astronomical.

This season I have peppers, cherry bomb and Chardonnay; tomatoes; zucchini; English cucumbers; lavender; thyme; basil; sweet mint; and cilantro. Well, I hope I have cilantro. Growing the herb from seed is not working so well for me right now.

I have all the fruits in 5 or 3 gallon buckets. The herbs are all in flower pots, and thing a are green all around DC. I already have three flowers on my tomato plant, and there has been no lack of sunshine. I’m excited.

Now that you know what I have growing this season, I will be sure to check back in with progress, tips, and tricks.


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Garden Philosophy

They say that all you need to have a garden is water, sun, and love. I’m not sure who “they” is, but I’m sure they were trying to encourage would-be farmers and gardeners. what is this “love” they speak of?

I know what it is. It’s hard work, that’s what it is. All that weeding, and cabbage worm picking, and thrip chasing, and potato bug smashing, and BT dusting, and neem oil sprays, and deer watching; that’s LOVE. Not too much else comes with little effort, at least not the things that are most worth having, so why should my cabbage, broccoli and tomatoes?

Thinking on the gardener’s love for the crops, I am reminded of my daughter. She is my main crop. She requires my attention, my pruning, my watering, and my love. Not only do immunizations guard her physical body, but so do the pearls of wisdom that I impart to her, the guidance that I give her, and the lessons that she learns. It is my job to make sure that the pests don’t decimate her will, her spirit, her life or stunt her growth. Just like I do my homework on companion planting, I need to be discerning in the company that she keeps. I’m telling you love is hard work.

Now that I have come to this conclusion, I think I will be more diligent in my care of our garden this spring, and do better in the raising of my child. Love is hard work.


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I’m Here

I should have started this blog in the spring when my aunt and I first started our backyard garden. In March we started planning: seeds, jiffy starter, plot size, plot location, spacing, the order of planting, etc. It was all so much. This is our first time growing a full garden. Last year we had an herb garden, and his year we have added fruits and veggies. We have broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, string beans, collards, brussel sprouts and carrots.

This is quite the growing experience and we are looking forward to next spring so that we can use the experience we gained this year to better our garden as well as yield for next year.

Stay tuned I will keep you posted on all the things we discover.