When it comes to growing food in my own yard to eat, I dabble here and there but mostly I’ve been lucky enough to have a house where the previous owner nurtured fruit trees. I have 6 fruit trees that have mostly been bearing fruit each year and the yield keeps growing! I just cleaned up and picked my last lemons and cleaned up the bad rotten ones. I’ve also always wanted to grow my own vegetables and am trying my hand at that.
I absolutely do not have a green thumb at all! Not a brown thumb either but somewhere in between. I have okay skills when it comes to plants and mostly I’m just searching the internet for how to take care of plants. I dream of a day when I can grow all my own vegetables and just eat a full meal from that. It takes a ton more work than just simply watering and planting seeds though!!!! There are so many tings that can happen, and have happened that I never could foresee or had no idea of what to do. It’s been an interesting year as I try my hand at new plants and growing new foods.
The peaches got eaten…again
Technically this peach tree has been here this whole time but I’ve never gotten peaches because they always get eaten by animals before when they are still green and only 2 inches big. This year I decided to try harder to protect the tree and get some peaches for myself! I put up a bird net to ward off birds and squirrels, and I even hung up some old cd’s to try to scare off birds. I have no idea if cd’s really work, but there’s not too much use for them now anyhow. Might as well try. Well…I watched a few peaches start turning color….promising…then next thing I knew they were eaten! even the peach that was sitting in the middle of the tree was half gone! I have no idea how this even happened. Guess this year the animals win again.
All my herbs are dead except the straggly parsley
I had some herbs growing before but since we’ve put a cage around the tomato plant pretty much I just have a straggly parsley plant that looks very pitiful. Oops…I guess the cage cut off the sunlight a bit.
I keep finding caterpillars eating my tomato plant
Just the other day I found the fattest green caterpillar on my tomato plant. I was pointing at it with my finger and my husband couldn’t even see it initially. I’ve probably picked off at least 10 caterpillars (some pretty darn fat) off that plant by now. There’s some tomatoes growing (yay!) but I keep having to look for creepy crawlies. Not my idea of the funnest pastime.
There’s a bird nest in my orange tree
Luckily the orange tree won’t have mature fruit until the end of the year so hopefully the baby birds will be grown up by then!!! Just this weekend I noticed what looked like a bunch of twigs. I didn’t think much of it until my husband saw it too and recognized it as a nest. He’s significantly taller than me and could peek into the nest and saw three eggs! We’ve seen at least one of the parents sitting in the nest and suspect that we have a mockingbird family.
This definitely makes me appreciate farmers who grow food for a living! I can barely handle a few fruit trees and a tomato plant! I just got a bonsai tree kit for a gift too…another plant challenge coming up.
Have you ever tried growing your own food before? Were you successful or did it flop?