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Over the past few weeks, I have posted information about my garden.  I decided that instead of posting heights and counts, I would write about what I have learned about gardening in my first attempt.

I was a little nervous starting this venture, as I had never so much as grown a single food-producing plant in my life.  Sure, I’ve kept the Christmas cactus and a few other household plants alive, but they were bought at a store and all the hard work was already done.  All I had to do was water them.  No big deal, right?  Here’s what I learned…

-Zucchini plants take over a garden.  We got this tiny plant from Hewitts and it couldn’t have been more than 6 inches long with one leaf.  Now, it is a massive, 3 foot round, 3 foot tall monster covering a strawberry plant and a banana pepper plant.  Next time, I will give it a very large area to grow in and make sure none of the smaller plants get shaded out.

-Tomato plants get HUGE!  I gave them about a foot and a half in between, but they still have grown so big that I can barely walk between them.  They are also almost up to my chest in height.  Next year, I will plant them about three feet apart so I can walk between them to pick the tomatoes when they are ripe.

-I also need to put some type of weed control down.  Not a chemical, but maybe weed cloth.  I have kept up with the weeds for the most part, but some have grown a little more than I would like.

-I need to work on a compost pile.  I was told that the pile will help to enrich the soil and make it much more fertile.

-Putting something down (grass clippings, leaves) around the base of the plants will help keep the moisture in the ground for the plants.

The first zucchini from the garden

So far, the garden has been a success.  I have harvested two large zucchini, a grape tomato and a cherry tomato.  There are two small sweet peppers starting to grow as well.  A lot of the other tomatoes have started to grow, but aren’t quite ripe yet.  One thing is for sure – I am going to have tomatoes out the wazoo pretty soon!  Guess I better learn a little bit about canning!

Yesterday, I put the computer down and went outside.  It was around 60 degrees, and around noon the sun came out.  There is a small area next to our sidewalk that is about a foot wide that is overgrown with weeds, but had four by fours on both sides.  It had some type of plants in it before, but now it is mostly weeds.  There are some Grape Hyacinths growing there, but the weeds are taking over.  So, I decided I wanted to clean it up and plant some of the seeds we bought the other night.

Yard work is one of my weak points.  I love mowing the lawn, but the planting, raking and pickup just aren’t my bag, baby.  We bought a bunch of seeds last year, and I planted them in the starter trays in the house.  Some of them grew, but they never got transplanted outside and eventually died.  I guess it’s kind of important to do that.  Oops!

While I was out there, I pulled up the old landscape matting and mulch that had been around the pool slab for a long time.  Once I had that up, I loosened the soil and planted a bunch of different things.  I am hoping to do a test run to see if anything actually grows.  I planted the following;

There are a few we are obviously growing to eat, but the others are for me to take pictures of, and of course to make the yard look nice.  We have some peonies coming up that we planted late last year.  We planted them a little too late, so they never actually bloomed.  Hopefully this year they will.  The peony is Rose’s favorite flower.  I can’t wait to cut a few off and put them in a vase for her.

One thing I am a little worried about are the animals.  There is an abundance of furry creatures in our yard.  Deer, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, and turkeys have been spotted in our yard.  I am mostly worried about the vegetables, so I need to set up some sort of cage around and over them to keep the critters out.  I guess I have a week or so to figure it out.  Once the seeds start to grow out of the soil, I will definitely have to have something set up.

If you live in the area, please let me know if you or someone you know have flower seedlings they want to share or get rid of.  I would love to have some gorgeous flowers growing around here to photograph.  See ya soon!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, the folks at Lexar were kind enough to send me one of their professional speed memory cards to test out and review.  I also mentioned that I was having a little trouble getting back into shooting this Spring.  Well, the card coming really helped with that.  Today, I popped the card in and went out in the yard to take some shots.  By the time I finished the yardwork, the sun had gone in and it was getting cloudy, so i didn’t take a ton, but I did wander around and get a few.

Out in the front yard, we have these cool blueish-purple flowers growing.  I think they are really weeds, but they have great color and make for a nice photo.  I got down on the ground and took some shots of them to share with you.

I started to think about a class my photo group recently had where we discussed using auto focus vs using manual focus.  I would venture to say that 99.9% of the time I use auto focus.  Today, I decided to use manual focus to see how things would come out and realized that I have much more control over the picture if I focus it myself.  In case you don’t understand,  the camera on auto focus will select an item to focus on and you have to either accept it and take the picture or move the lens a little and get it to focus where you want it.  With manual focus, I can pick the exact spot I want and focus the lens on that exact spot.  It makes a huge difference.  I am going to start shooting manual focus a lot more in the future.

In this picture, I found the rusty old chain link fence quite intriguing.  In the picture you can see the weathered, rusty links foreshadowing the bright green grass in the background.  This really grabbed my attention when I was out back shooting and I was torn as to whether I should keep it in color or make it black and white.  Perhaps I should do a selective color treatment.  After much thought, I decided to leave it alone.  It seems to have a lot of character as it is.

Have you done any shooting recently?  If so, what did you shoot?  I’d love to know.  See ya soon!