My Cancer Fighting Garden And My Lack Of Plans

I think this post might be a bit late but maybe not too late. This post is on my cancer fighting garden and my lack of plans. πŸ™‚ First, I must confess that I really didn’t plan it too well this year. I’m not sure why but planning has been my downfall lately. The first year I was so diligent, the second year not so much and this year is just anarchy! πŸ˜€Β  Lisa thinks its funny. She pointed out that I plan the garden for hours in the winter with little diagrams and drawings of what I’m going to plant where and that I scour the seed catalogues. Then, spring comes and I forget the stupid little drawing and plant whatever seems good at that moment. Sadly, her accusations are true! I am an “onion head” as they say on the Three Stooges. πŸ˜€

OK, so it’s true, I went a little crazy this year and didn’t bring my plan out. Still, I think I got a pretty good garden cookin’ already! Normally, I have a strategy to what I grow. I grow stuff that is either hard to purchase organically, is non-GMO or is difficult to clean. I also grow for taste as well. πŸ™‚Β  A good example is tiny cherry tomatoes. I almost never see them grown organically and unless you plan on cleaning and wiping every single one then you’re eating pesticides. That just turns me off. I wrote a whole post about my strategy if you’re interested. Read More

I made a little video with David giving a tour of our garden that you can see at the bottom of this blog post. There’s a bit of shenanigans going on because, to use a gardeners joke, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and he’s nuts! πŸ˜€ So, if you would like to watch it I put it at the bottom but, here’s what I’m growing this year.

First, I have my espaliered fruit trees. I have a nectarine, a cherry and 2 apple trees. Espaliered trees are simply trained to grow in a small area. I have planted them and they are coming along quite nice except the bottom on some of them did not grow branches like I expected. If you know how to make an espaliered tree branch on the bottom let me know. πŸ˜€ I’m growing apples because they are part of the dirty dozen which is a list of the fruit and veggies most laden with pesticides. I’m growing nectarines for the same reason. It’s hard to get pesticides off of the soft fuzz on peaches and I like nectarines better. Cherries are also so small that I want my own organic cherries. No need to wash pesticide off of every cherry. Here’s the problem. I have not gotten any fruit yet. πŸ˜€Β  I just found out that nectarines and peaches only fruit on wood that is one year old. I’ve been cutting that off. I still need to research the apples and the cherry tree. The good news is that they allΒ  flowered this year except the cherry tree.

Next, I planted watermelons under the apple tree. I planted the sugar baby version. We grew those successfully 2 years ago so, I’m giving it another try. In my garden boxes I have peas growing and already flowering. Peas are so easy and delicious. I planted about a 4×5 area. I got a late start so, I only planted about half of what I planted last year.Β  After the peas, I have planted lettuce in the first garden box. I planted the Romaine version. It’s my first year trying lettuce. I had a few that didn’t germinate so I squeezed in a few radish seeds in the blank spots. πŸ˜€Β  Going further down the garden box, I planted some bush beans which are easy as pie to grow. πŸ˜€ I have literally never had a single bush bean die on me and they yield so many beans it’s one of my favorites. The last item I have in the first box is Betalux Tomatoes. I grow them every year because they’re easy and delicious. They’re a medium sized tomato that is not too juicy and not super meaty.

OK, on to box number two. Directly across from the Betalux Tomatoes I’ve planted 4 sweet pepper plants that I purchased at the garden shop and 4 beefsteak type tomatoes also purchased there. Right next to them I sowed a ton of Fox Cherry Tomato seeds. These little guys are really big for cherry tomatoes and are super sweet. A bit further down in box 2, I’ve planted some straight neck yellow summer squash. After that, I’ve planted cucumbers and on the other side of the center pole in my garden some purple pole beans. After that, I’ve planted about 25 or 30 radishes that should be done in a month and beets right next to them. I have about a 5×5 area to plant next and I’m thinking it through. πŸ˜€

Finally, I forgot all of my little pots and crazy spots around the yard. I have pots of spearmint and peppermint and pumpkins growing in my front lawn! Yes, I have pumpkins growing in my front lawn. πŸ™‚Β  My son and his friend from down the street were playing with our fall pumpkins and they broke into pieces. The seeds sat there and now, we have pumpkins growing in our yard. Yes, I’m gonna keep them. Let’s see how they do!Β  We also have raspberries that volunteered themselves and wild muscadine grapes that meander down our entire acre. We make grape jelly every year from these grapes.

My Cancer Fighting Garden And My Lack Of Plans The Video!

To me, growing a garden is important for a number of reasons. First, I control what goes into my and my family’s body. I think that is so important. I’m so tired of purchasing “organic” products in plastic or in cans that are lined with BPA. To me, it’s worth the extra effort to remove whatever negative effects come with pesticides and exposure to plastic and factory food. Second, it gives me a little exercise and changes my mood when I get out into the outdoors in the sun. I only purchase non-GMO seeds so, I don’t have to worry about the affects of untested genetic modifications might have on me and my family. Finally, it’s my little act of rebellion against the corporations and government trying to tell me what I can eat based upon how much profit is in it for the corporations.Β  Think about it, you only eat what they give you to eat and that is based on how much money they can make and NOT on how healthy it is for you. So, that’s my little way of rebelling. πŸ˜€

Be a rebel and grow a garden! πŸ™‚
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