Sunday, June 28, 2009

The start of Grandpa's garden!

I grew up with my grandpa living with us since I was 11 years old, till I moved out after I got married. There's a couple of things you should know about him...

1. He was a tough Marine who fought in WWII.
2. He worked at MGM studios in Hollywood, as security, and worked with a ton of legendary stars (like John Wayne, and Judy Garland, etc.)
3.He made the best Lasagna and Enchiladas, for being full blood Swedish.
4.He was the best dancer in town.
5. He'd give you the shirt off his back.
6. He had the greenest thumb on the planet!!

So this year was the year I was going to start off (slowly) a garden like grandpa had. So far we have four types of lettuce, spinach, carrots, green onions, dill, cilantro, blueberries, blackberries, two type of raspberries, and grandpa's two favorites... cucumber and yellow squash. This year we started in planters, or home depot buckets, just to see how we would do. Next year we will do raised beds, just like grandpa had. Here are some pics of what we planted....

These are our yellow squash. This pic was taken three weeks ago, so we have since harvested from these beauties. These were our first yellow flowers, so we knew there was squash-a-comin'!

Next is lettuce. We got this lettuce when we went to the Organic Growers Festival. Thanks Mari for talking me into buying some! They are almost to pretty to eat.

Here is some of our starter buckets before we transplanted them. Back row L to R cucumbers, and cilantro. Front row L to R green onions, spinach, and dill. We always have dill growing in our family garden, since my maiden name is Dills.

We also have a starter sprig of blueberries. It's not much, but it's a happy plant.

So that is our start up garden, I will take the pics of our ever growing cucumbers, and carrots the next time I go out side. I named our garden the "John Andrew Lundberg Victory garden"! Hope we've made him a little proud with what has only just begun.


J and C said...

Way to go! Our garden suffered here pretty bad! THe torrential rain/scortching heat gave us blossom end rot on our tomatoes, and the tomatoes that survived have been gobbled up by the chickens. Our opoor zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers all succommed to the heat. The only thing groning like a champ our hot peppers... Which I only planted for salsa, that I now cannot make. Here is to next year and figuring out this crazy Texas climate and some organic pestisides!

Patricia H. Bradley said...

your garden is great. I bet your grandpa would be proud of the hard work. I know it is hard, cause we have on yearly too.