My Wild Garden

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This year my garden have done an awesome job keeping up with my wild and crazy side! To begin with, I planted seeds that someone gave me several years ago, during a road trip. I had put the seeds away, in a sealed bag, in a tiny pocket, in one of my backpacks (an old one that I mostly use for storage nowadays.) I found the seeds this spring. I knew I was going to move at least once during the gardening season, so I planted them in small pots, replanted them in bigger posts a couple times, before finally planting them in the ground a month ago. It’s been tough being a plant in my garden this year. I thought they all died many times, and then they magically came to life again.

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Despite seeds that were several years old, my infrequent care, and several moves, this is what my garden looks like now.

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…and yes, there is a lot of grass growing next to my Goldrush Zucchini. Next year I promise I will make proper garden beds from the beginning. With all the fixings. This year I’m eternally gratefully for all the good things that magically came into my life. One of them being 3 acres to do anything I want with, a dream coming true. I’ve fenced in the garden area, and will keep making updates until next season.

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I’ve never tried growing eggplant before, but I found a few eggplant seeds among the other seeds this spring. The plants are getting bigger, and hopefully we have enough season left to produce a good harvest.

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I think they are beautiful. Spending time in my garden is so incredibly rewarding. Not only because I enjoy growing my own food, but because of the process of seeing plants grow, feel the harmony of nature, the whole nurturing process. The actual harvest is only a small part of it.

From time to time friends volunteer to help me in my garden, to get things done quickly, to take me with them to another activity. I usually decline, gardening is not a thing to get done quickly with. Even thinking in those terms feels like a sin, almost. It gives so much joy to quietly tend to the garden. I’ve never had a garden big enough to be a burden work wise. I thoroughly enjoy working with my hands. It’s pure pleasure.

My container garden had around 40 fruit trees at the most this year. I sold some, and saved some for myself. Some of them grew too big for their pots, and I had to plant them. I was planning on waiting until the end of September, beginning of October, which is the best time to plant trees in our area, but they really had to go in the ground now. Some of them made the transition nicely, but some will probably not make it. I’ll find out for sure next spring. I’ve seen miraculous recoveries before! I’m looking to add more trees within the next two months, before winter hits us, and everything is resting. (I have plenty of indoor projects on my hand this winter, so I won’t be bored!)

I’d love to “meet” likeminded gardeners, and here about your projects!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

12 thoughts on “My Wild Garden

  1. The eggplant is gorgeous!
    I have not been able to organize enough to reinstate my garden since a riding accident two years ago. But, a friend gave me a bunch of pumpkins last fall – decorations she was done with – to feed to my critters. When some started to rot before I could get them all fed, we threw them in some old compost piles. Presto! Huge stunning plants, and lots of pumpkin for fall baking and cooking. I adore watching the plants go from seed to fruition!

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    1. Thank you so much!
      Pumpkins are beautiful! The process of seeing them grow from seed to huge is thrilling! I had lots of them last year, but a dog I fostered smashed them all! She was crazy for balls, and how was she supposed to know the difference…Enjoy your pumpkins 🙂

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  2. Your yellow squash/zucchini look wonderful. Mine are dying at this time of year in PA but so many other rewards of the garden season have been gratifying to me. Successful cantaloupe, peppers and potato harvest are winners this year.

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    1. Thank you! It’s funny how some years one thing grows like crazy, and the next year not at all. I did not have any luck with my peppers this year, they did not like being moved several times. Usually there’s an abundance of pepper. Thank you for sharing your success! What’s the weather been like for you this season? We’ve had a record high summer when it comes to heat. It feels like 3,5 months straight with three digit temperatures. My tomatoes had lots of flavor, but the heat made many of them crack.

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      1. We had more 90 degree or high 80s days than normal, rained excessively June and July, then August and September more dry. Cold front is giving way to low 80s for the next week which are normal conditions for us. 3 digit temps …that is horrible with high humidity so I hope yours was lower. We normally have high humidity for temps in the summer and fall.

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        1. 80’s is my preferred temperature, that’s where we are going this week. Can’t wait! Our climate is very dry, so we don’t have humidity, that helps when it comes to handling the heat. Enjoy this beautiful time of the year!

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