Monday, May 2, 2011

The little vegetable that could

Look at me, I actually followed through on the photo challenge for two whole days! Way to go, Wendy.

Today's pictures come to you from my backyard. Last spring we had big plans to plant a square foot garden in big garden boxes. We bought a square foot gardening books, lots of seeds, I researched it on the internet for weeks and I was super excited about it. Well, then to make a long story short the garden boxes were delayed and didn't get done until the first of July and it kind of derailed our plans a bit because that's kind of late in the year to plant some of the vegetables I was planning on.

I decided to give it a try anyway and I went out there in the 100 degree heat to plant seeds in my new garden boxes. Over the next several weeks I watered it carefully, I checked it every day and the only thing that grew was a few very sad pea plants. We had enough to harvest a side dish for about one person if they weren't too hugry.

I gave up and decided to give it another try this year and I'm going to get out there and plant my seeds in the next few weeks.

A couple of weeks ago I went outside to look at some spring cleanup projects and happened to peek in my garden and lo and behold, there was a little plant peeking up through the dirt, and here's what it looks like today:

I actually can't remember what I even planted there, but it's lettuce, right? Bless it's heart, it survived the hot summer, the frozen winter and decided to pop up its little head in the spring. Whatever it is, I'm sure I planted more just like it in the general area and none of its friends decided to grow. Way to go, little vegetable.  I'm proud of it for hanging in there. :)

I took the picture and then was coming back in the house when I ran into this little guy, which I'm not nearly as proud of. I'm kind of picky about my lawn. I like it green and weed free. I suppose I should be proud of this dandilion for surviving the cloud of chemicals that was sprayed on the lawn to keep it from growing. I'm sure he had to work as hard as his leafy green vegetable friend to grow. Maybe he survived to be a photography prop. That was nice of him. :) I'll apologize to him later when I spray him in his cute yellow face with weed killer. :)

1 comment:

Melanie said...

LOVE your processing on the dandelion picture. Beautiful! It should be framed and displayed.