Vegetable Gardening: A lesson in trying

The beginning of this gardening seasoning was set with high hopes.  The plan was perfection.  The execution of said plan was nearly spot on.  But, even the greatest of ideals will falter.  So, here I stand in July surveying the past four months of lessons lived and learned in the vegetable garden.

Lesson 1:

Even if lettuce is planted on a flawless “2-week” interval, a family of 2-1/2 cannot eat an entire row, albeit short row, of lettuce every two weeks.  See that brown patch of dirt next to the lettuce, that is where I pulled up bouquet upon bouquet of flowering lettuce!

Lesson 2:

Pumpkins take up an inordinate amount of space.

The sweet pucker of an orange blossom and the promise of a burgeoning pumpkin

Lesson 3:

Pumpkins do extremely well when started from seed in peat pots and planted directly into the ground.

Lesson 4:

Broccoli will immediately bolt and flower when faced with 90-degree weather.  My fingers are crossed that it’s not completely done for.

Lesson 5:

The plan for green beans is still a work in progress.  My attempt to “make” the fancy wrought-iron trellis teepees that I have seen in top-notch garden stores was a bumbling failure.  All that has amassed are low-growing, unhappy green beans.

Lesson 6:

Unpruned raspberries appear to do better than pruned raspberries.  Go figure…

Lesson 7:

Despite the war of attrition between husband and wife over the maple tree IN the vegetable garden, the corn is proving battle hardy.  It is listing to the west, but it was also “knee high by the fourth of July”

And, there you have it.  A few lessons learned and the preparation for more stumbles,  epiphanies and flat out failures.

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11 Responses to Vegetable Gardening: A lesson in trying

  1. Jenny says:

    Looks good to me! Are you going to try a green house next?

  2. sarasantos says:

    My first year vegetable gardening too…and my lesson learned is that a determined chipmunk WILL destroy two crops of green beans, red peppers, and any cuke flowers it can get to. *sigh*…my hubby is looking into trapping and relocating the crafty bugger.

  3. Chrissy says:

    I’m brand-new to your blog & just have to say, “I love it!” Especially the bees. I’m thoroughly intrigued.

  4. Gary says:

    If you are growing more food than you need. you may want to visit – a site that helps diminish hunger by enabling gardeners to share their garden produce/herbs with neighborhood food pantries.

    The site is free both for the food pantries and the gardeners using it.

    More than 2,500 food pantries nationwide are already on it and more are signing up daily.

    It includes preferred delivery times, driving instructions to the pantry as well as (in many cases) information about store bought items also needed by the pantry (for after the growing season).

    If your community has a food pantry, make sure they register on

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