Thursday, June 26, 2014

I Have a Garden!

Plants and I have never really been friends. Sure, I appreciate their existence and all, and they're nice to look at most of the time, but we were pretty much mutually oblivious. That is, until I got my first place and decided I was going to have houseplants. I went out and picked out the perfect houseplant. It was adorable and I was going to name it. I have no idea what I was going to name it because the damn thing died two weeks after I brought it home. I watered it, I swear, but somehow I couldn't keep that freaking pot of ivy alive.

I bitched and sulked for a while after that and decided to never have another plant ever again.

Yaknow, until I went to the store and saw all the adorable mini cactuses and stuff. Then I wanted a houseplant again. But I'm not completely stupid. This time, instead of getting houseplants, I opted for traditional outdoor plants.

I got a little carried away.

My yard now looks like a veritable jungle, and not just because we haven't mowed.

At the beginning of May I filled three planters with petunias (I think) and sweet potato vines:

They don't actually grow sweet potatoes, but they're nice to look at.

I also planted jalapenos....

and some other kind of pepper....

and a pot of peppermint....

and I started cilantro and dill and spearmint from seed. Two weeks later they were definitely not dead. Score!

Well, kind of. It took another month before I finally figured out the stuff in the spearmint pot wasn't so much spearmint as a very impressive weed. I went out and bought a spearmint plant instead.

Now my deck looks like this:

The seeds have gone absolutely crazy....

the mint is all splayed out and probably pissed I didn't give it a bigger pot....

and I have peppers!

So many peppers!

Also, thanks to a little Miracle Grow, the flower boxes have filled in pretty well too.

As if that wasn't enough, my roommate has also started a vegetable garden with cucumbers and corn and tomatoes and more peppers and pumpkins and mini pumpkins and funny-looking gourds. Me, I would have been totally fine with just having a giant gourd patch, but apparently that's "boring."

Even with all that greenery, I think my favorite thing in the entire yard is this piece of onion grass growing out of a cinder block.

What's growing in your yard? Do you have any ideas for all those peppers? Let me know in the comments!


  1. We have peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, and mint growing! My husband has quite the green thumb.

    1. That sounds great! Do you know if the cilantro is supposed to flower?