Garden Fail 101

I’ve always wanted my own garden. Growing up in New Jersey, we’ve always had a bountiful tomato harvest to go with our mint and basil. Neither of my parents are “gardeners” by any means, but what we couldn’t grow, we always enjoyed from our local farmers market.

Many years later, I’ve found myself in my own home with room for my own garden. (Hallelujah!) Of course, I couldn’t contain myself and started growing seeds in late January, hoping to see their little sprouts which would immediately mean I am a gardening expert…

Or so I hoped! The spring eventually came and I had planted plenty of variety in my garden including carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, sunflowers, watermelon, string beans, tomatoes, basil, chocolate mint, regular mint, rosemary, lavender, and 8 varieties of peppers. I gave it a boost with Osmocote and prayed that I didn’t have my garden fail.

Garden fail – a true story:

It was definitely an eye-opening experience. Each pepper plant grew 1 pepper at a time, the watermelon did nothing, the tomatoes were green until mid-September and a groundhog (which we’ve since rehomed) ate the carrots, sunflowers, zucchini, and the cukes.

We also tried to grow strawberries mid-summer but only one grew, the rest turned black and now only the leaves are left (which seem to be flourishing, for those wondering).

Monstrous bean garden failure

Monstrous Beans

Thankfully, the peppers that decided to grow, we thoroughly enjoyed. The string beans we over-grew but had a good harvest. The green tomatoes that never turned red I decided to pickle (which will be featured in another post). And all of the herbs did really well except for the lavender, where one side of the plant died and the other half did really well.

Overall, it was an interesting first year. I now know what does well in our soil and what needs an extra boost. I’ve also heard Starbucks’ free coffee grounds or eggs might help the soil for the next season, so I may have to try that.

Can’t wait until next year!


Stacey Troilo
An avid equestrian, cyclist and mounted archer, Stacey is an experienced branding and social engagement consultant for small to mid-sized businesses. Her passion for homeopathy and emergency preparedness has been showcased around the web.