Poofy Cheeks: Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow?

February 19, 2011

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow?

Growing up I helped my parents with their garden every summer. Their garden was huge! They had strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, dill, zucchini, jalapenos, green peppers, tomatoes, banana peppers, green beans, and cucumbers. That was in Illinois. We are now in Florida. The soil isn’t as dark and rich here – it is dry and sandy! The weather isn’t as cool and rainy here– it is dry and the sun is burning hot. Literally!

Last year I tried to grow my first garden. I did pretty good given the environment here is totally different. I grew green peppers, basil, green beans, and jalapenos. I tried to grow zucchini, cucumbers, and pumpkins. They didn’t work out so well because after they started to grow they burnt up in the hot Florida sun. I think my mistake was that I started it too late and the summer got too hot. This year my dad bought an indoor seed starting kit. I planted basil and banana peppers in it a few weeks ago. Look at how my little garden is growing -

The first sign of growth! About 10 days ago…

A couple of days ago…

In a few weeks I’ll be ready to plant these in the ground! First I have to find some time to till the garden. I think I’ll recruit help from my dad – he lives right around the corner and has a rototiller. :)

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