But, we didn't do too much research besides talking to people and finding out how other Oklahomians have planted their gardens. So this post will mainly be me telling you what we have done so far, and then you commenting and telling me what we can do better! Okay, let's go.
I was really excited about gardening, but if I'm gonna be honest, my husband has done the majority of the work. He was so excited about having a garden that he dug it up for me, planted almost everything, and has worked hard to water it. So, can I really call it my garden?
The area in the shade (pictured above) was already dug up for a garden when we moved in. But the problem is that it doesn't get much sunlight. We were told that planting marigolds as a border for the garden would attract the right kinds of insects that would help our garden. So we did that (but most of them didn't get much sunlight and died already) and then Tad dug up another section (in the sun in the above picture) since it got the sunlight all day.
We have planted tomato and green pepper plants, strawberries, watermelon, carrots, lettuce (??), oregano, cilantro, parsley, basil (??), and cucumbers. It has been really dry here so we had to water it a lot, but lately we have gotten a lot of rain, so hopefully the garden is happy! Now, problems. And hopefully some of you have answers.
- We think that the birds have eaten all the leaves off our tomato plants. The green pepper leaves are still there, but the tomato leaves are gone.
- After all the rain, nasty mushrooms have sprouted up all in our garden and poking through our watermelon area.
- When the wind blows, we get lots of "tree turds" as my dad would call it, in our garden. I raked them out the other day. Should we leave them in there? Is it good for the plants?
- It's hard to tell at this point what is a weed, and what is something we planted coming out of the ground. With it being our first year gardening, we aren't sure and don't want to pull something out that is food!
- Should we replant marigolds as a border again, in the sunlight, to yield better results in our garden?
Area where we planted strawberries and watermelon, also pictured are the dying marigolds and the "tree turds."Head on over to Alicia's Homemaking to check out more people's adventures for the week! Click below!!