Beets me! < — See what I did there.
I thought I’d bring you up to speed on this year’s vegetable garden. Like every backyard farmer, I start off with grand plans. My family will live off the land. The initial investment of vegetables, soil, etc. will be offset by the bounty my garden will produce.
You get the picture. Anyone who has tried backyard farming feels the exact same way… in the beginning.
Buckets filled with fresh-picked green beans. A bounty of tomatoes. So many tomatoes… I’d have to learn how to can them for all the sauce (by the way, it’s sauce… not gravy… I’m not budging on that topic) I’ll make and eventually freeze. Oh, and the zucchini. The plant that produces so much, you’ll only need two to provide enough to feed not only your family, but your entire neighborhood. Mmm, I can smell the zucchini bread. I can just taste the zucchini sautéed in garlic and oil over a plate of linguine. And the cucumbers… cool and refreshing. I had the perfect plan.
My facebook page is always littered with photos of my friend’s vegetable harvests. I was looking forward to doing the same… participate in a little farmer bragging.
So, I prepped the garden. And I worked my ass off, weeding, tilling… the whole she-bang. The sun was hot, the work was hard and tedious… but the end result… the glorious bounty my garden would produce would more than make up for it.
Most home farmers know there’s always one crop that dominates. One plant that produces more than you can possibly handle… but happily accept. Your pride and joy crop.
We were hit with a ton of rain over a five-day period in June. A ton. Although I missed some beach/writing time, I found my silver lining… no watering the garden and fighting the mosquitoes that always seem to latch on to the scent of my Sicilian blood.
When the rain finally stopped, I went outside to survey my farm. And this is what I found. Like someone dropped a giant bag of weed seed directly on my vegetable beds. I couldn’t determine what were bean plants and what were plain ol’ weeds. Ends up the bean seeds drowned… not one plant sprouted. Not a single one.
I tried to pull them, but I’m not exaggerating when I say it was a carpet of weeds. I have never seen anything grow so incredibly fast. I can’t get the grass on my front lawn to grow as lush as these weeds had. I couldn’t keep up. I’d pull one and three new weeds would spring up. It proved to be an impossible obstacle to overcome.
Here are my green bean and cucumbers. Awesome, aren’t they?
Okay, let’s move on to my zucchini plants. The one crop I was sure would be my pride and joy and the envy of the neighborhood.
Yep, there it is in all its glory. I have another one. This is a picture of the healthier plant.
Here’s my cucumber… No, your eyes are not deceiving you; there is an actual cucumber on that plant.
It’s smaller than a marshmallow. But it’s something. I’m not counting that as a total failure. We’ll say it’s failure-ish… with a tiny sliver of victory.
And lastly, my tomatoes. You know the giant harvest I planned on transforming into gallons of the best homemade sauce (once again… not gravy) ever made.
You may have to squint but they are there, in the midst of the weed jungle. And I managed to produce a few tomatoes. A few the damn chipmunks got to them… bastard vegetable stealing critters… but I picked a good four tiny tomatoes. I guessing it’s a safe bet that I can return the case of canning jars I purchased.
So there you have it… my crop of weeds. Such a proud moment. < — Sarcastic Bitch Comment.
Some of you may remember my husband’s “Glamour Crop” from last year. The watermelon the size of a quarter. Well, he’s at it again… tackling yet another watermelon glamour crop this year.
Here’s a picture of it today:
Yes, that is climbing up a very light weight screen from a screen house wall.
Yup, this is going to end well.
I’ll keep you up to date in whether that plant actually produces anything or tears down my screehouse in the coming weeks.
Now on to Business:
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As many of you know, I’ve been writing book two to The Casual Rule. (Allie and Marcello… they do make me laugh). I’ll keep you updated on it as I go.
My intention was to have A Different Way chapter up weeks ago. What I forgot is how insane the summer can be. My and my husband’s birthdays were in July. Both BIG ONES. That meant family over the course of a few days. Then there’s college visits for my kid. That meant travel and time. BBQs, Birthday parties, Engagement parties… you get the picture, the summer turned into a long unscheduled time-sucker.
That said, I have about half of a new “A Different Way” chapter written… and if all goes according to plan, it should be up within the week. I had to enlist the help of a fanfiction reader for this chapter and she very kindly agreed.
If you have read my book and have the opportunity to post a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads… it would be very much appreciated. Reviews are what help Indie Authors get seen.
One more thing… feel free to say “Hi” to my mother in the comments on this blog. She claims she doesn’t read this blog.
Uh-huh… I believe that. < — Sarcastic Daughter Comment.
One Last thing and I promise I’m done babbling:
It’s been a very sad week with the passing of Robin Williams. Please seek help if you or someone you know is depressed.
Sometimes we need a reminder…
Hi to Netzel’s mommy! I think she should write a chapter. Your talent comes from somewhere – let’s see if its mom’s side!
LOL… it would be a riot to see what she came up with… I have no doubt she can do it… but I may be scarred for life after reading it.
Hi, to your mother! I cannot wait for your next book and the FF update. Yes, I did leave a review for you. Has for your garden I am sorry to your hopes dashed. I will have to stop osting my garden pictures on facebook.
Ha… I love garden photos… gives me hope. There’s always next year! After this year’s fiasco, I’ve decided next year I have to invest in weed barriers. A lot of weed barriers. My flower gardens are just as bad this year. 😦
( And thank you for the review… it is very appreciated)
Hi Netzel Mommy. !!!
Maybe Ben and Julia can embark on a rooftop garden and teach you a thing or two. I hear raised garden beds are all the rage these days.
I refuse to give up. For next year… two words: Weed barrier.