It’s been almost a year since I made my last post. No real reason why I stopped posting; mostly, it was that life put a lot in front of me, and it was this (part of the) hobby that got the axe. With life evolving, I had to put something down.
Since my last post
- I’ve moved. Twice. The second time from Baltimore, MD, down to Greensboro, NC. Anyone that’s moved can attest to how much of a stressful and time consuming process that this is.
- My wife and I bought a brand new home. Like, literally, it had just finished being built. It’s a work in progress, still, however.
- We had our first child, Liam, in September. He’s now my favorite growing thing. And for now, he’s thriving in a soil-less medium (because he’d eat it).
Now that we’re established and settling in, comfortably, I’ve been able to redirect my focus back to gardening, growing, and the challenges that go along with this hobby. Hopefully, 2013′s season will be better than 2012…
We moved at the tail end of the gardening season. Baltimore’s summer was miserably hot, bug infested, and it couldn’t decide if it was going to stay wet or dry. This absolutely obliterated my tomato crops; I got virtually no cucumbers for pickling; and the mosquitoes made going outside a chore rather than an enjoyment.
This year, I am focusing on, mostly, peppers. I get more of an enjoyment out of growing them, I’ve had much less of a struggle with them vs. tomatoes, and I just don’t want to deal with the endless hardships that tomatoes seem to bring me. PLUS, I don’t like raw tomatoes.
So, to start this year, I’ve started my garden with:
-Red Beauty Bell Peppers (from seed)
-Chinese Five-Color Peppers (from seed)
-Tabasco Peppers (from seed)
-Red, Yellow, and Orange Mini Bell Peppers (from seed)
-Fish Pepper (bought a seedling because of the awesome looking leaves)
-Sweet Mint (bought because it was cheap)
-Peppermint (bought for my wife so she could distill its oils)
-Sweet Basil (bought because it’s delicious)
-Rosemary (bought so that we can use it in everything from hair conditioner to olive oil)
The seedlings are not doing well. Greensboro weather has not been as warm as I’d have hoped.