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How Does Your Garden Grow?

I have a confession to make: I love gardening, but I don't really know what I'm doing.

My boys helped me plant a few plants this year.  We got some tomato, basil, cucumber, zucchini, and yellow squash.  They might be kind of squished together.  I added some nice compost to the soil, and I ordered 200 worms.  That should do it, right?  Now, we're just sitting back (picking at weeds) and watching them grow.

Zucchini or yellow squash

Tomato

Zucchini or yellow squash

But the other day, I noticed that something was beating me to my harvest.

Basil
I don't want to turn to traditional pesticides. The whole purpose of growing my own veggies is to enjoy healthier options. Instead, I got a small bottle of water and added about 20 drops of TerraShield essential oil blend. I sprayed all my plants. I'll check back from time to time to make sure it's doing its job.  And hopefully, within a few weeks, there will be enough basil for pesto. :)

Do you have any gardening tips for someone with a not-so-green thumb?  I'd love to hear them!

18 comments:

Jacqueline from PrimeParentsClub said...

A little dish soap in a spray bottle with some water. Shake up and spray on the leaves.

MomEO said...

Jacquline, thanks for the suggestion! I'll give it a try, too.

Mom of 12 said...

My sweetie is the gardener here. I am the harvester. That part I'm good at.
Sandy

MomEO said...

Haha, Mom of 12 -- sounds like a great arrangement. :) Maybe I should ask you for recipes, instead. And I've got my fingers crossed that we'll have a harvest this year.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi MomEO,
Very interesting post. I also do not like the traditional pesticides. I hope your vegetables will be free of the pests real soon. I am a new Follower of your Blog. Thanks for becoming a Follower of my Blog and have a good weekend.
Judy - JUDY H-J'S THOUGHTS

MomEO said...

Thank you, Judy, and thank you for hosting the blog hop. :)

Theresa said...

I wish I could give you some tips, but I can't grow squat. I even kill every cactus I buy. It's just sad lol. I did plant some flowers last month. No sooner than I did my husband came in and told me to go look at them. There was a bunny munching away at them.

Good luck with your garden! I hope you have much success :)

Thanks for stopping by Theresa’s Mixed Nuts

I am following you in gfc.
Theresa

MomEO said...

Thanks for following, Theresa. :) You'll have to let me know what kind of flowers you planted, in case I want to attract bunnies.

Debbie aka "Sugar" said...

Good for you, MomEO, wish I could do gardening. Unfortunately, where I'm at now it's not a possibility. You go girl, lol!!

S. Franklin said...

Very nice! I'm doing a little gardening myself and I've been really excited with the results! No chemicals and tons of delicious tomatoes and zucchini! Wishing you the best in your gardening as well.

Michelle said...

I always just plant and leave them and they always grow, good luck with your plants!! thanks for following me, have followed back. have a great week :)

MomEO said...

Sugar, this is the first time in years I've been able to attempt it. Fingers crossed! And thanks for coming by. :)

S. Franklin, yay! I love no chemicals -- and home grown is the most delicious! Thanks for visiting and the well wishes.

Michelle, I know, right? Luckily plants have a survival instinct, too. :)

Krista Morgan said...

Mother of six,,, husband still thinks you're beautiful,,, you deserve to wear that super hero cape :) Thank you so much for visiting me over at Cave Princess. I am now following you. Looking forward to learning more about your essential oils!

Krista Morgan
www.caveprincess.com

MomEO said...

Krist, your comment made me smile. Beam, really. Thank you so much for visiting!

echo said...

My garden has slugs and snails galore but I keep trying. good luck, and you followed my "echo's Voice' from the blog hop today, so I stopped by to look and follow back.

Dixie Goode

http://echo-echosvoice.blogspot.com/

MomEO said...

Thanks so much, Dixie! My best defense against snails is boys. :) It's worked so far! Now, if I can just get them to leave the worms alone.

Mel S. said...

Your garden looks great! Following you back from the hop!

Mel S
www.twomomsalittletimeandakeyboard.blogspot.com

MomEO said...

Mel, thanks so much, and welcome! Glad I found you from the blog hop. :)