Friday, May 11, 2012

I have a green thumb after all

When I first told my mom that I was spearheading the planting of herbs/veggies in Hunk's backyard, she just about laughed in my face. I don't have a great record of being able to grow things. In fact, the pretty flower pots on my back porch have been sitting empty for about 4 years now.  I used to have the excuse that I traveled too much to keep anything alive. But really, I just seemed to kill anything because I had no idea what I was doing, and often forgot to water them. Ferns are supposed to be impossible to kill, right? Yep- I had 3 die a slow and painful death under my care.

The good news is that I seemed to have turned over a new (green) leaf. Everything that we planted (with the exception of the plants that his dog Marley ate) are thriving. I'm sure the rain from this week will only help even more. Lucky for me, Hunk has been really diligent about watering everything, and it's so exciting to see new things growing each week. Here's a look at the before and after shots of everything we planted.


Heirloom tomatoes in the back, yellow bell and banana peppers in the front. The broccoli in the center fell victim to Marley's munchies. I have since learned that you shouldn't plant broccoli by tomatoes, so I guess I will forgive her.



First tomatoes!

Banana peppers. Hunk has picked off at least 5 or 6 so far.


From left to right: strawberries, parsley, tarragon, rosemary, basil, oregano and mint. We had to put the border up to keep Marley away from the strawberries. We have yet to pick a red one ourselves....she continues to beat us to the punch.




I don't really have a good before picture of this bed, and it has been the one I've fiddled with the most. Hunk has a gorgeous magnolia tree planted in the middle, so I've had to work around it. I now have onion, spinach, and lettuce seeds planted. There are 3 bell pepper plants, and some cantaloupe growing in the back. Hunk threw some seeds out there just for fun, and it's going nuts! 

We had to fence everything to keep Marley out. I replaced two pepper plants in here that she had eaten, so they're a little behind.

First bell pepper! This should be turning red soon. I also have orange and green ones growing too.


  1. ok i need your secret to a green thumb. i have no luck with gardening although my annuals are coming back up, thank goodness

    1. Unfortunately, my secret is a really sweet boyfriend who is good about watering them. If I was in charge, they would probably be dead by now. I think luck played a part in it too. I suggest reading about the best times to plant seeds (next year I'll start from seed), and also what complimentary plants should be planted together. I didn't realize that was so important.