I don’t know what the opposite of “green thumb” would be, but whatever it is, that’s what I have. I am not exactly the horticulturalist. Every once in a while, though, a horticultural miracle happens and something other than a weed grows in my backyard.
After living in apartments for the last few years, I’m learning the excitement and the frustration that a backyard can bring. I always loved relaxing on my parents’ patio overlooking the beautiful flowers my mom planted every year, and I looked forward to having that in my own home. Then when my husband and I moved in to our current house, I had a reality check: flowers don’t appear automatically and weeds don’t die on their own, at least not in my yard.
And so this year my husband and I embarked upon the adventure of attempting to keep our yard alive. And let me tell you, it’s not going so well.
Actually, I shouldn’t say that. It’s alive. It’s very alive…The weeds are alive (no, not with the sound of music).
Anyway, despite the excessive weeds growing in my yard, we have had quite a bit of success with our tomato plant. We were given this little plant from a friend in the beginning of the spring. He was in a small yogurt cup (the tomato plant, not the friend), and certainly, he wouldn’t survive my yard. Three months later, he’s practically taking over the yard. In fact, despite our attempts to secure the plant with wires and twine, I’ve resorted to simply propping him up with a patio chair. Just think of the chair as a kind of garden statue.
So how did my tomato plant grow so well? Well, like me, it’s a coffee addict. Seriously. I learned from my brother and sister-in-law over at FreshGround Roasting that coffee grounds are really good for your garden. The coffee acts as both a natural fertilizer and a pest repellent. How great is that?! All you have to do to get your plants to grow is drink coffee, spread the used grounds in your garden, make sure it gets some water, and then find a chair to prop up your monster plant.
So don’t be afraid to try something new in your garden. You may be surprised by the results.
Now what to do with all these tomatoes? Stay tuned!