Why yes, that is a reference to this video:
I don’t watch American Idol regularly. In fact, I don’t really watch it at all, but “Pants on the Ground” happens to be one of my littlest brother-in-law’s favorite songs. So we sing it a lot at our house.
But anywho. I’m happy to report that we are in business. We’ve got our garden planted!
YAY! It doesn’t look like much (yet) but we have high hopes of it feeding us well this year. My uncle who lives down the street was gracious enough to bring the tractor and plow us up a nice huge garden in our back yard. We have a really nice area for a garden because our yard has two tiers. The top tier is where the house sits. It’s fairly flat and a nice big area to play with Harley in or have a party. Then there is a weird little dip and a second relatively flat section of yard that we put the garden on. It hardly ever got used anyway and it makes that much less ground for us to have to mow! We were very fortunate in that, although the house sits directly on red clay, this section of the yard has AMAZING soil. My uncle called it “loamy”…? It feels amazing on your toes! At first we, being the novice gardeners that we are, were worried about how huge the garden was. I’ve always heard that too much garden means too many weeds, but once we started planting/spacing, we realized that we didn’t have too much space after all because so ground vines take up so. much. room!
Here’s a rundown of what we planted:
1) 3 tomato plants. These are roma tomatoes or sauce tomatoes. Not the best for just plain eating, but Josh and I don’t eat tomatoes, we eat salsa, so these should make amazing salsa!
2) 8 jalapeno pepper plants. We make hot salsa…
3) an unknown number of green pepper seeds. Not sure how many of these plants will make it, but we planted quite a few.
4) Okra. Not as much as I would have liked, but if it comes up nice and thick then it should be perfect for us to get a mess (that’s the technical term) for supper every now and then. Fried okra is one of the highlights of my summer.
5) Cucumbers. we planted 4 plants because it came in a pack of four, but we really only want 1-2 max.
6) Squash. I love baby squash covered in cheese, and apparently lizards like squash. So a squash we planted. Same as the cucumbers, if more than 1 plant makes it, we will have to thin them out… or give away LOTS of squash.
7) Watermelons. We bought these because we thought, “Hey, we have way too much garden space, let’s plant watermelons and see if they grow.” Josh nor I either one have ever grown watermelons so these are an experiment.
8) Dahlias. These aren’t edible, but a very successful gardening couple that I know (who have been gardening for about 75 years) swear that if you plant flowers in your garden, the bees come, and they make everything grow better. Once again, no idea if they will grow, but here’s to hoping.
Unfortunately, that’s all we have room for. I was a little sad… and shocked. When we first looked at our garden we thought for sure we’d never fill up the whole thing. I wish we were growing onions, spinach, and lettuce, but we aren’t going to for a multitude of reasons a) they are hard to grow. Onions not so much, but lettuce and spinach take a LOT of effort to get them to grow nicely. b) They are cheap. I can buy onions and lettuce cheaply at the store. c) I got connections. I have family who are always looking to give away lettuce from their garden… we’ll just snag a head from them every now and again. We also plan to grow a little herb garden with cilantro, mint, and a maybe garlic. Our attempt is to grow all the major ingredients for my homemade salsa.
Our neighbors, aka my cousins, came over and kept us company while Josh planted and I got the worst of the old grass clumps out of the soil. The entire evening was amazingly relaxing. Makes my heart full.
So I’ll keep y’all posted. Now Josh says we’ll have to fight off the rabbits and birds, both of which we have in abundance in the woods behind our house, so hopefully we’ll be able to keep them at bay. We aren’t going to try to grow this stuff organically, but we will be sparing on the chemicals (sevin dust is a miracle worker on pests!) For now, I’m just excited at the prospect of growing our first garden!
And here’s one more, because I’m in love with this little picture!