It takes time

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A few weeks ago, I started my little vegetable garden.
I put together a tomato and herbs topsy-turvy.
( I think I overdid it with the tomatoes!)

There are 12 slots in the topsy-turvy planter. I planted 10 tomatoes: one at the bottom and then nine on the side. I also planted an oregano and mint seedlings on the side of the planter. (I just hope the planter is sturdy enough to hold the tomatoes when they all hopefully bloom!)

The tough part with the topsy-turvy is putting them together. If you're kind of clumsy like me, there's no easy way to put the seedling on the side and bottom part (make sure you remove the plastic stopper), fill the planter with soil while it's hanging (expect to have soil splattering on your shirt and face), and make sure you hang the planter where you want it to be because it'll be very heavy to move it to its final destination.
But once you get the hang of it, it's quite an accomplishment to brag about :)

This is my first strawberry plant! I can’t wait to taste it. I was so ecstatic yesterday when I showed the kids the fruits and how more flowers seem to be blooming out of the tiny plant. I wanted to get a topsy-turvy for the strawberries but Home Depot ran out of the planter and the seedlings! ( And I just found out from a friend that strawberries are perennials. I think I would love to get a strawberry clay pot next time).

This is the planter for zucchini and cabbage! I showed it to my son’s student’s mom yesterday. I totally forgot that these actually grow into one big vine! She told me that these tiny seedlings will totally take over the entire planter - and more, unless the little creatures get a hold of these before I can harvest them!
I'm going to need to figure out how to orchestrate the whole vine thing!

(And another observation: Seedlings from the nursery seem to grow quicker than those purchased at Home Depot.)

And yes, the eggplant and the two peppers! What was I thinking? I can’t put them all in one planter!
(Ah! I miss when my Mom's just few minutes away. She usually guides me on what to do with these plants!)

Now will you take a closer look at this pepper plant? Can you see the little green pepper that has already sprouted? I can’t wait to see how big these peppers grow!
(I was like a kid jumping up and down!)

How about the basil? I planted last year, too, but I had to leave for the Philippines. Look at them, I take a leaf or two just to smell that basil aroma! I think we'll be having some Italian cuisine this summer!

And lastly, I can’t wait for the hummingbirds to stop and smell the flowers in this topsy-turvy planter!

Gardening is purely therapeutic for me. My mind’s every where and can’t seem to focus on one thing, but when I’m outdoors and attending to the plants, I feel like I’m at peace. (Thanks Randi!)

I have a few projects I need to complete. Just like gardening, with proper care, planning and patience - in due time, I can reap the fruits of my labor!

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.” ~Oscar Wilde

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  1. Can't wait to share in the fruits (and veggies) of your labor. This is very exciting. I think I will partake in some of that great basil. Love, Mom

  2. I just recently discovered your blog and am so glad I did. What a sweet post!

  3. @Mom, please do get some veggies.
    @Beth, thanks for the visit and hope to see you again :)

  4. I wish we have a garden... I will have plenty of cilantro and basil and other herbs. :)

  5. I would be getting excited too if I saw something grow!! Good for you! I have a friend who LOVES to garden as well!

  6. Good for you, my dear friend. My mom loves to garden but unfortunately, I don't have green fingers - even my cactus (the one and only plant I have) died on me.

    Blessings and have a wonderful weekend.

  7. I want to have my own garden and harvest a good one.

  8. shalymere, didn't have much luck with the topsy turvy..but it was a fun exercise!
    welcome to gottalovemom!


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