I have doubted for many years that I have a green thumb, but last year I was pleased with the fruit of my garden, so this year I have expanded.
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I failed a few times in the past, my husband had even banned me from trying a garden again, but last year I decided to try yet again! I decided I must start small and if I succeeded, I could expand from there. So I tried just one container with 2 tomato plants and a few basil plants. I used a mixture of potting soil and cotton compost. I had more basil than I knew what to do with and many, many delicious tomatoes.
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Since I succeeded, this year expansion was in order. I have heard such good things about mushroom compost and wanted to use it last year, but I waited too late and the stores sold out. This year I bought some and I have to say, I think my plants are liking it better than the cotton compost.
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I have six containers this year, one for dill, one for pickling cucumbers, one for basil, one for cilantro, one for tomatoes (with marigolds to keep away the bugs), and one for a bell pepper plant and a jalapeno pepper plant.
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I planted a pumpkin seed in the yard for fun, but it has died. Perhaps it had something to do with being passed over by the lawn mower! :( Oh well, we'll try again next year. We also planted a couple of sunflower seeds for the kids.
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I encountered aphid infestation on my pepper plants a few nights ago. I am going to buy a bar of Kirk's Coco Castile soap and make this recipe to ward them off. In the meantime, I dabbed some Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds on them. They have died and I've only seen a couple since then, but I'm quite sure my dilution was too strong, the leaves have brown blotches on them now. Overall the plants still look healthy, I think they will recover.
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I will be sure and post my harvest results later in the year.
Here is another picture of my cucumbers. I have strung up some jute twine to some nails in the overhang of my roof so the cucumbers can climb.
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