Monday, August 1, 2011

GOOPS for August 2011 - Delay

Cucumber Seedling on August 1, 2011
Joene has a tradition of posting GOOPS (Gardening Oops) on the first of the month, and although I follow hers religiously, I've never participated.  Not because I don't have an Oops or two of my own, but because I wouldn't even know where to start.

I decided this year I would grow vegetables for the first time (if you don't count the cherry tomato attempt back in 1998).  Like a good little tree hugger, I bought my seeds, made my beds, amended the soil, and went to work.

I planted seeds.

Onion Seedlings on August 1, 2011

Carrot Seedlings on August 1, 2011
In May.

It's what the package said to do.

Now here it is AUGUST and I still have nothing that came from seeds.

Everything is way, way, way delayed.  I lost the peppers I planted from seed.  The spinach never sprouted (and if it did, I thought it was a weed and pulled it).  The carrots are just BARELY coming through.  The onions are so feeble they make me cry.

My GOOPS was that I didn't start all this stuff from seed INDOORS so that my little plants would be caught up with the rest of Connecticut come harvest time.

While others show photos of freshly-picked tomatoes and peppers and cukes and zukes, I show GRAPE tomatoes that came from a well-established, Home Depot PLANT.  I think that's cheating.

Lesson learned.

Next year I will start my seeds indoors waaaayyyyyy before the last frost date and then I can compare notes with Heather and Daphne and Skippy and Regina and Joene and all those smarty pants who know better!

Until then, I hope to have my first harvest at the Thanksgiving table.


  1. Vegetables are a whole plant category I never learned about. Good luck with your little slow to grow veggies. You will eventually get it figured out and grow them successfully!

  2. I don't have the space indoors to start seedlings. I go down the road to the farm where they sell the vegetables in packages of 4 or 6 for like $2.00 and I have a very plentiful garden. The only things I start from seed are pea pods, string beans and lettuce. All are doing well. I have not had luck purchasing vegetables from home depot or walmart. So to the farm I go, this year my peppers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cukes and squash are all amazing. I am at the point now of abundance. So now I share. Dont give up you'll figure it out.



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