My spring and summer gardens were a bust so as a last ditch effort I decided to try one more time for fall. You know us gardeners. Hope springs eternal.
Since I didn't expect much, I was haphazard with my planting. I saved a few of my tomato, eggplant and pepper plants and transplanted them to another part of the garden.
Note: Gardeners, I know that was dicey. Mature plants rarely survive a transplant, but at this point I had nothing to lose. They already looked terrible.
I pruned them heavily, fertilized, and watered daily. Everything made it, but the tomato plants still refuse to give me fruit even though they are flowering.
The eggplant and peppers were more generous.
I threw a few corn seeds into the dirt as well as the starts from a sweet potato I had bought at the grocery store. Okra, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and cucumbers went in too. (The cucumbers have been especially sweet. I'm sorry I didn't plant more. I could have pickled a few.)
As an afterthought, I
buried a few seeds for decorative gourds.
OH MY GOODNESS!
Even though I planted them last, they are taking over my garden. It's so robust, I hate to pull it up, but I might have to. Next year, if I plant these, they are going out in the field, not the garden. I've never seen a plant so aggressive.
Has anyone ever grown decorative gourds? I am seeing all sorts of weird gourds, including one that is as round and smooth as a melon. This is the first time I've tried decorative gourds so it's all new to me.
What is the most unusual plant you've ever grown? And who can tell me about sweet potatoes? How do I know they're ready?
True Believers Update: Thanks to everyone who offered to review TB or host me on the blog tour. I had more offers than I could handle.
I could have accepted all the offers, but I worried I might come off sounding canned or insincere, and I didn't want that to happen. I left some of my weekends free so if a burst of genius strikes me I can post it.
If I promised you a post as a guest blogger, expect it at least a week before it airs. I'm still waiting on my links to go live so I can add them to each article.
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