I love to grow things. Plants. Especially plants you can eat from. When I lived in the North I grew all the delicious foods. The dirt up there was pure gold, nutrients galore. But here in the South, where I live now, the ground is made up of sand. Most plants don’t like to grow in sand.
The first house we lived in, we rented and asked permission to build this garden. The hubby designed and built it and the baby boy (back then) helped spead the good dirt around. I grew all my plants from seeds, so lovingly and so cared for. I tended to the garden, quick to pull weeds and shoo the birds. It was my little life sanctuary.
All summer of watering and weeding and watering and weeding and watering and weeding and all we got were these…
Needless to say the wind was taken out of my sails a bit. I still took care and nurtured the garden, but slacked because the returns were so poor. It was not very enticing to invest in all the seeds and soil and do all that work, all summer long, and get these pitifully tiny and tasteless tomatoes. When the grocery store has normal sized ones for pretty cheap anyhow.🙄 But we soon moved! Different area, different soil, calls for a new fresh try at the garden again! Our first house we bought together, we were going to do this garden right this time. The hubby built the entire thing, again. We rented a tiller from the hardware store and tilled the sand, then brought in a dumptruck full of soil. Tilled that in too. Fertilized and we were ready to go!
I had grown all of the plants in containers and transplanted them in our new garden. They looked so great! What we didn’t know was that we picked the wrong soil to fill out garden. Topsoil is what we got, garden soil is what we actually needed. We had thought since we had all sand that the top soil would get airated by it, but no. That’s not what happened. It all just fromed this super solid mass and the rain always flooded over the garden because it simpley couldn’t drain. It was too thick. So the garden was doomed from the start.
We yielded bigger and more veggies from this garden than our first one, but nowhere near enough to make it worth it. This garden was more work too. The weeds never liked to pull out of that thick soil, but they loved to grow in it! Constantly weeding and watering again and again. When all the same fruits and veggies are fresh and delicious and available at the stores that time of year anyhow.
So here we are in our third residence and we’ve sworn off the gardens. The money that we would have spent on it initially and year after year goes to me being able to spend more on better quality fruits and veggies through the year at grocery stores or farmers markets. Meaning I can choose organic more often or buy that extra pound of strawberries because strawberries are life in this family.
We weren’t up for planting much the first couple years we lived here, but last year the itch to grow resurfaced. I planted all of these bushes last Spring but all of the pictures were taken today.
Last year we only got like a handful total over the whole summer, of blackberries from the old girl. But this year!.. Look at all those flowers! We are having (finger crossed) the last big blow of the spring tonight, 60mph winds. 😣 Hoping she makes it through!
This raspberry plant barely made it through it’s first year here. It would have a nice growth spurt and then just die a thousand deaths. Then have a nice growth spurt and die off again. Repeat the whole summer. I never dreamed she would be come back this spring but here she is! With a LOT of little babies! See them all around the mulch there?
I found these two sticks in bags on the clearance rack last spring. They fit perfectly into my berry bush garden adventure so we adopted them. They both had a very big growth spurt at the beginning of Summer and gave us a ton of the most bitter awful tasting berries I’ve ever tasted, lol! I am going to have to really learn what to do with these superfood berries this year.
Last I have my two blueberry bushes. One is the traditional blue variety and the other is supposed to be pink! I’m very excited for these this year, I got nothin from either of them last year. There’s already a bunch of flowers on both!
I’ll hopefully have some fruit updates through the summer! Plus I have two more spots to fill with berry bushes this year, very excited to hit up the nursery to see what’s new to adopt soon!
Any berry bush tips? I am very new to growing them and welcome any tidbits at all!
Any berry bush reccomendations?
Update! No Mockingbird singing incessantly last night which means I got a full delightful night’s sleep. It was super windy here last night though, and will be for a few more days, so maybe he just blew away… It’s what I’m hoping for anyhow. 🙏🏽