That's one of our cucumber plants in front of the trellis.
Unfortunately, the forecast called for more near freezing temps so we covered the entire garden with plastic.We left on vacation and thought all was good...until our friend called and said the temps had risen...and our cucumbers got cooked. Sure enough, when we got home, we had to pull most of them out because they were brown and shriveled.
Fortunately, soon after I went with my mom to a local nursery to get plants for our flower boxes. As I get to the back of the nursery where they keep the vegetable plants my jaw dropped. They had the most gorgeous, huge cucumber plants - easily 3 times the size of ours - and do you want to know how much they cost??? $.59. Yes, that's a period in front of the 59. Less than a dollar. Do you have any idea how much time, energy and money we spent on supplies to grow our own plants? Well, it was way more than $.59. Especially because our garden is so small and we don't have an easy place to grow our plants in the house, we are definitely buying our plants from the nursery next year. I felt so defeated for the entire day after learning how cheap they were to just purchase. So I picked up four cucumber plants, 4 green been plants and 3 onion plants. Total? $7.00. Geez.
The picture below are the beets we grew from seed indoors, they are obviously doing well. But then I found out that each big plant only produces one beet! That means we are using 1/4 of our garden to grow beets that will likely only feed us one meal. Can you hear my palm hitting my forehead? At least they're pretty to look at.
The plant below is the one we grew, so lovingly, then cooked under a swath of plastic.
Since I'm on a bloggin' roll, might as well show you the flower boxes I planted in the front yard. Here's the before pic without any fun colors.And here's the after...which unfortunately is still mostly lacking color. But in my defense, these were just planted so give them a few weeks and they'll start to fill out. I'm really proud that I tried something other than impatiens this year. Since these flower boxes only get afternoon sun, I'm stuck choosing mostly shade plants.
These are the plant varieties I chose:
Green Sweet Potato Vine
Purple Sweet Potato Vine
So there ya have it...that's what our family has been up to. I just started a new furniture painting project to day so hopefully I'll have some pictures of that soon - but don't hold your breath :)