What We Learned From Our First Garden
1. Get bigger tomato cages. The tomatoes get a lot bigger and heavier than you think they will.
2. Plan ahead a little bit. We started the first garden Mother’s Day weekend 2011, which I’ve learned is kind of late.
3. Plant more than two okra plants if you want to harvest more than one okra a week.
4. Check on the garden every day. Water a lot, and tend to things that need tending.
5. The cantaloupes will not want to stay in the garden; they like the “other side of the fence,” so you have to remind the dog not to step on them.
6. Don’t spend the time and effort to make cute bamboo pole teepees for the beans. They will ignore them and wrap themselves around all the other plants in the garden instead.
7. Corn will grow, even in a raised bed, even if they are crowded, and even if master gardeners tell you that you have to “have land” to grow corn. You just have to believe . . .
8. And if the deer find the corn when it starts to get sweet and good, it’s not the end of the world. We can share (this time), and the deer are hungry too. Next time, we might consider some type of fencing.
9. Five tomato plants will produce a LOT of tomatoes, but it is really easy to incorporate them into dinner recipes, and it is really easy to make sauce to freeze. And, it’s fun to share them with friends.
Ouiser – Tomatoes. (put’s em in Clairie’s lap)
Clairee – Don’t give these all to me!
Ouiser – Somebody’s gotta take em. I hate em. I try not to eat healthy food if I can possibly help it. The sooner my body gives out the better off I’ll be… I can’t get enough grease into my diet.
Anelle – Then why do you grow them?
Ouiser – Because I’m an old Southern woman and we’re supposed to wear funny looking hats and ugly clothes and grow vegetables in the dirt. Don’t ask me those questions. I don’t know why, I don’t make the rules! (Steel Magnolias)
10. Gardening with kids is rewarding in so many ways; the garden is the ultimate classroom. And, kids like to eat what they grow and cook!