Winner Winner chicken Dinner – Through Random.org the winner of the light givewaway is Susan at We Love Great Mexican Food …drop by and wish her congrats!
Now, I have another giveaway that I will be starting in a couple of days so keep a look out.
The garden is going very well. I am learning so much and I am extremely amazed with the growth. In true form I will start of with my successes.
Some of my devoted readers may remember that I planted new seeds for the summer. Those seeds included Mammoth Sunflowers and Jack-o-lantern pumpkins. I knew the pumpkins would have no problem getting started but I was a little concerned with the Sunflowers. I have never actually grown flowers. I have attempted but they always seem to die. This time I was proven wrong. Both the Sunflowers and Pumpkins are doing well. Below is a picture of one of four sunflowers I planted…
If you look closely on the left and side towards the bottom you will see a smaller plant. That is the beginning of one of the Pumpkin plants. Now here is a tip for those of you who garden. In the extreme heat you should plant sunflowers near Pumpkin plants to provided shade from the sun. Sunflowers can handle the heat and the Pumpkin leaves wont’ fry. I learned this bit of info from local gardening guru, The Garden Guy. I wish I knew this information last year because I wouldn’t have asked my husband to create the huge shade structure that is currently in place above my garden.
This is the Italian Parsley bush. I love it! It may not have too much use in food but it smells so great and it actually tastes pretty good right of the stem… Get this, this parsley is doing so well it is actually growing outside the garden box. I have two of these bushes!
See, more cantaloupe plants… Want one?
Now my failures:
I didn’t take pictures.
I am trying to growing Lavender and Tyhme in pots and it is not working. Nothing, not even a little sliver of green. I don’t think the Lavender is getting enough drainage but the Tyhme has no excuse.
I also have some slow growing Mammoth Sunflowers near my ac unit. I want to shade it for the summer and my husband said there is absolutely no way I can have a tree over there so I chose Sunflowers. Well, they weren’t kidding when they said full sun. Those little guys get about 4-5 hours of full sun and they are growing at a snails pace. They ARE growing but not nearly at the rate of they brothers in the garden box.
I hope you guys made it this far and I hope I gave you some good tips from my learning process. I am now off to make laundry soap and plant some Marigolds. Marigolds attract good bugs too!