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WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY FIRST COASTAL ALABAMA GARDEN

I recently cleared out the dead remains of my spring/summer garden. All that remains is garlic chives. I’ve had them for a year and now they’re flowering. I’ve been planting the seeds around the plants so we’ll have even more. I love their flavor.

I tried for two years to grow rosemary. I’ll continue but will do it differently. During the summer the plants have looked great. We don’t cook much with rosemary in the summer. I was looking forward to using the large plant this fall and winter but both this August and last my rosemary plants became coated with a sticky bug (have only encountered this in coastal Alabama). The only remedy was to throw them out. I’ll have to start over but what I’ll do differently is harvest and dry this herb during the summer so I’ll have it to use in the winter.

While fun to grow, squash and cucumbers were too much of a pain.  Bugs bothered them.  I didn’t get any squash for the second year in a row so I’ll continue to rely on farmer’s markets to supply us.  I made pickles, which was fun to try, but since we don’t eat them enough I don’t think it’s worth the effort.  I have a few jars that may end up as gifts this year.  They’re tasty; just not a big item in my house.

Tomatoes!  I was totally not interested in growing these anymore until someone told me I should try them in the fall.  They’ll be easier to grow as the temperature goes down and I’ll have more.  I’m still thinking about it.

I planted onions too late and they didn’t get too big.  I used them only when they got to be golf-ball size and they were yummy.  I bought a sweet Georgia variety (don’t remember which).  I’ll try them again next year.

Basil is a favorite to grow.  So is cilantro.  I just planted cilantro seeds and replanted some basil for the fall.  We went through our pesto so quickly, I’m hoping I’ll have enough of this new plant to make some more for the winter.  I wasn’t too crazy about how my pepper plants did but will try them again.  The bell peppers did great although I was impatient and used them small.  The flavor was wonderful and I still have one left, chopped and frozen, waiting for the next stir fry dinner.

I had also grown avocado’s simply for the fun of it.  I had not been able to root them in the past and learned to just shove the pit into dirt near another plant.  After a few were lost to the squirrels, I finally got 4 to grow.  I recently learned it would take 8-10 years to produce fruit so they are now in a brown garden trash bag at the corner of my driveway.  I don’t know where I’ll be living in 8-10 years so I’m not going to bother with them.

I enjoyed my garden.  It was a lot of work but worth it.  I’m looking forward to my fall/winter garden and plan to head over the Cecil’s for some plants this week.  I’ve renourished my little garden plot and it’s all ready for me to plant.  Don’t know what I’ll plant yet, so stay tuned.

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