…that I get impatient waiting for tiny green leaves to make their appearance.
…that I love to try new things in my garden especially if they are an unusual color or have a fun name.
…that I am not always successful, but keep trying.
…I love to take pictures of our efforts.
Now back to ‘Change # 3’ – education. It is my education in particular. For the last few years we have attempted to garden in a more organic way. We have resisted the use of pesticides and fertilizers and instead used more manual methods. I chose the manual method because I knew very little about organic fertilizers or pesticides. Our manual methods, although often fun, were not terribly effective and last year by late July, all of our squash, pumpkins, corn, and melons were dead. Admittedly, it was a very hot, dry summer and the plants all suffered because of that, but the cause of plant death was not heat, but insects.
This year I purchased Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening by J. Howard Garrett and C. Malcolm Beck. I love this book. I have another book by these authors and besides being quite entertaining in the way they write (and the humorous anecdotes they share) they are very knowledgeable. I am learning so much about organic fertilizers and natural insect controls and am finding them to be effective so far.
I end this post with a simple warning: This is not the last you will see of my garden this year…
For last year’s garden posts look for the Garden tag at the bottom of this page.