In keeping with the last postâ€™s theme, Iâ€™m talking about the weather again today.
The crazy record heat wave is killing my poor plants. Those little babies donâ€™t stand a chance and Iâ€™m beginning to feel like I failed.
This year Iâ€™m growing tomatoes, cauliflower, bell peppers and cucumbers â€“ yes all on my small balcony; it does make for a pretty and calming atmosphere.
I guess Iâ€™m inherently predisposed to grow things, I come from a long line of farmers and I technically spent a fair bit of my childhood on a farm.
My mom said they tried to grow grapes on the â€˜farmâ€™ one year, they were very hopeful until it grew into an overgrown bush that hardly bore any fruit and then it dried up and died a few years later. Her excuse is that they didnâ€™t have Google back then, they may have gotten the soilâ€™s PH wrong, the climate didnâ€™t help and there may have been some over pruning issues.
I sometimes feel like my parents when I try my hand at gardening, itâ€™s as if Iâ€™m supposed to do it but I may not be necessarily good at it. The good thing is I know my limitations enough not to want to quit my day job to become a farmer.
I have a beautiful coleus plant that thrives in spite of everything, and a cypress plant that would probably outlive me.
Last year, I had a got a few tomatoes for my troubles. This year Iâ€™m hoping the heat would let up and I get a few more exciting crops.
Iâ€™d hate to have to give up.
The Nelson Park community garden is awesome and Iâ€™ve been thinking about putting my name on a waitlist for a plot.
Here are a few pictures from the lovely garden â€“ enjoy!