When I was growing up, my brother and I were forced into garden servitude every summer. Weeding, watering, planting, etc. It was not my favorite task. My parents kept a large vegetable garden, fruit trees, and countless flower beds. They still do, actually. And although I liked being outside as a little girl, I enjoyed swinging, tromping through the woods, and playing much more than weeding a garden. So I vowed I would never keep a garden. Goodness, how time can change things.
Now I love gardening. But you can keep the weeding, thank you very much. We put in our biggest garden yet this summer. I usually do strictly container gardening with maybe a couple hills of pumpkins and squash. But this summer we went to town tilling up the garden space and planting in a bit of everything.
5 varieties of tomatoes, 4 varieties of peppers, 3 varieties of lettuce, radishes, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, watermelons, strawberries, and pumpkins. We luckily have a bamboo forest in our backyard, so my mom and I made the tomato trellis. We put hay down to thwart the weeds, and to protect the plants from drying out in the hot sun. It's been relatively cool and rainy, so I've only had to water a couple times. Today will be in the 90s, so it will need a drink.
Do you have a garden?