In the last 3 months since our move to Utah, the little garden area that I had hoped to fill with glorious plants was quickly turning into a stubborn weed patch. The weeds had gotten so out of hand that hubby even mowed them a time or two while he was out mowing the lawn. During Mom’s and Grandma’s recent visit, I recruited them and their infamous green thumbs to help me finally get my little garden started. We turned over the soil, pulled those nasty weeds and added blood and bone meal. Soil preparation was not an easy process. It took us a good day and half, a hot bath and two doses of pain reliever for our aching backs to get the area weed free – or at least as weed free as we possibly could!
Since this is a fall garden, we planted broccoli from starts, and peas, butter lettuce and spinach from seed - all big staples at our house! Mom warned me that since we weren’t able to get all of the weed’s roots up, I’d likely be weeding on a daily basis for a while. I’m certainly willing, but the problem is that since Mom left, I can’t tell what is a weed and what is a seedling! You see, after we planted the garden, it rained for days washing away many of the newly sown seeds to different areas of the garden. I know this because I know what my broccolli looks like and darn if I don’t have spinach growing in it.
If anyone can identify this, I’d be grateful. It looks like it could/should be something but it doesn’t look like anything else currently growing in the garden. Not even the volunteer pumpkin plant that magically came up among all the weeds a month or so ago.
And last but not least, my beloved broccoli.We purchased these as frighteningly fragile and spindly little plants. They’re much bigger and sturdier than when we planted them. They’d be even stronger if the grasshoppers would leave them alone. Grrrr. Do you see the butter lettuce growing under the broccoli plant? Ha!
The promise of my first garden! I can’t wait to see how it grows. I’m excited!