Chris and I have learned a lesson regarding the planting of tomatoes.  The lesson is this:  don’t do what we did.  We planted them WAY too close together and the result was a mess.  We would have had tons of gorgeous tomatoes had we only spaced them apart further.  The fact that we got them into the ground late didn’t help us any either.

We also have some really exciting news to share.  (no, I’m not pregnant!)    But first, a little bit about the garden.

Presently, we are getting tons of Halona Melons, our squashes are also taking off (butternut, pan pattys, spaghetti).  The kale is also looking gorgeous and tastes wonderful in my morning smoothies.  We spent some time in the garden today weeding out some things and taking stock of what we needed to do different next time.  We pulled out our tomatoes, watermelons and lettuces.  The tomatoes and watermelon were planted far too late resulting in very little to harvest.  The lettuces, however, were utterly delicious.

It was suggested that we put some of our tomatoes in a brown paper bag with a banana to ripen them so we are going to give it a go to see if we may be able to get them so we can at least eat a few of them!  I’m not  too optimistic but we will see.

tomatoes

pulling the tomatoes

Tomato Bed BEFORE (too dense)

Tomato Bed BEFORE (too dense)

Tomatoes have been removed.

Tomatoes have been removed.

lovely lettuces are no longer

lovely lettuces are no longer

Now, the exciting news I wanted to share with you all.

Chris and I have decided to proceed with our grass to gardens project and we have opted to do it on a larger scale.  Of course, we know it is going to take some time but after looking at various garden styles and consulting members of the community whom have the skills and knowledge to guide us in the right direction, and really thinking about our direction, goals and vision we both decided that it was something we wanted to do.  Our goal:  feed ourselves and feed our community, provide our daughter with some of the same principles I was given through my, Alison’s family (I come from a long line of farmers and grew up on a farm).  It’s not easy, its not necessarily ‘fun’ but definitely rewarding and character building.  We are so excited to know that we are soon going to see this coming to fruition.

Alison