Gardening Trial and Error

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I’ve never had what one would call a “green thumb”. Whenever I’ve tried growing anything, it never worked out. This was the first year I decided to try my hand at gardening with the kiddos. I decided they were old enough to start “helping” and thought they might be fascinated to watch things grow. And an extra special bonus, they would be more likely to eat what we grew.

Some things we planted, worked out beautifully! Others….not quite how I had hoped.

Here is a list of our gardening trial and errors:JalapenoFirst up, the potted plants on the deck-

Sugar snap peas

We started these suckers in the house from seeds. Once it was warm enough, we moved them outside.

They flourished! The first harvest was delicious! One of my favorite things this summer was sitting outside on the deck while the kiddos helped themselves to the sugar snap peas. They loved it!Sugar Snap PeasThe second harvest, however, was really dry and gross. I must not have watered them enough when it was really hot outside.


We have four tomato plants and they are gorgeous! There are green tomatoes everywhere. It won’t be long before they’re all red.

Full disclosure, I don’t like fresh tomatoes. I will only eat them in certain dishes and only if the seeds are gone.

Even so, I have big plans to use up every single one of them. I will makes sauces that freeze, and I may even can some of them.


These are my favorite! I bought an unassuming plant at the farmer’s market months ago. One day, they started producing pretty little white flowers. I asked my girl what she thought would happen to them. From the sugar snap peas, she knew the flowers would be replaced by a vegetable.

Now this plant has over 20 peppers, and that’s not counting the ones we’ve already eaten.JalapenosThey are delicious and spicy. And I swear, the smaller I cut them, the less spicy they are. Doesn’t make sense to me either. Honestly, though, there is nothing better than throwing some freshly chopped jalapeño on your nachos. It has been awesome!

Now for the raised garden bed-


It was growing perfectly until we had a surge of heat. It went to flower in a day or two. I had to ask my friends on Instagram what I did wrong because I had no idea.Flowering BroccoliCauliflower

Same as the broccoli. It was ready to harvest, but I thought it was supposed to get bigger. Then, it went to flower.

Brussels Sprouts

Not a single little guy yet. The plant is big, it looks strong and healthy, but nothing to show for it.


We have a little strawberry plant that has produced three tiny berries.

I guess you could say our raised garden bed has been a giant Fail. However, the potted plants on the deck have been really great! They get sunlight in the morning and in the afternoon. Whereas the raised garden bed gets intermittent sunlight.

For my very first year of gardening, I’m going to say it has been successful. I knew a few plants wouldn’t work out. But the ones that did, have been fantastic! Plus, my kiddos got to learn a thing or two about gardening (right along with me).

Next year we will be better prepared and we’ll probably do a few more potted plants.

How has your garden been growing? Do you have any suggestions for me for next year? I won’t take offense, I promise! I know I’m not an experienced gardener. Also, if you have any recipes for tomatoes or jalapenos, please share them!

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  • Reply Shelah

    I have a black thumb, but I love fresh garden vegetables. Your garden experiences are motivating me to try again.

    August 12, 2015 at 7:22 am
    • Reply

      You should! It’s been really fun! And that veggies that have worked, have been awesome!

      August 12, 2015 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    I really want to try growing some things… I love this since I may try the items that grew easier for you! 🙂

    August 12, 2015 at 8:15 am
    • Reply

      You should!! The sugar snap peas were by far the easiest and coolest for the kiddos. 😀

      August 13, 2015 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    I’m sooooo jealous! I A. have a black thumb and B. have iguanas that eat everything. UGH!

    August 12, 2015 at 8:26 am
    • Reply

      LOL!! The iguana could eat all the veggies that didn’t work out!

      August 12, 2015 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Micaela @MindfulMomma

    I’ve had the same problem with having plants suddenly bolt or flower – so frustrating! Keep it up though – it’s such a great activity to do with kids!

    August 12, 2015 at 12:18 pm
    • Reply

      It is! My kids have had so much fun this year with our garden!

      August 12, 2015 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Alana

    I think this was a resounding success!!! I would have had no clue about the broccoli either. The jalapeños turned out SO well!!! I’m like you with tomatoes ? but good for you for using everything!!! I’m really impressed!

    August 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm
    • Reply

      Thank you! I am loving the jalapeños so much!! I haven’t used everything yet, I’m really hoping to though!

      August 12, 2015 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Theresa

    I had the same thing happen with broccoli. Your other veggies did really well. You have a lovely garden.

    August 12, 2015 at 4:31 pm
    • Reply

      Thank you so much!

      August 12, 2015 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Corter

    Looks like you got some good looking veggies going there!

    August 12, 2015 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    You had a much better haul than I ever had with my gardens. I Had one year where mold spread throughout my whole garden and ruined it, and the next year, I had much of the leaves but none of the fruit (so to speak).
    Send some of those jalepenos my way haha, they don’t grow over here. We only get those crappy jarred ones. 🙂

    August 13, 2015 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Alison Palmer

    You have the best looking jalapenos I’ve seen. I could think of dozens of ways to use them. Next year I’m definitely going to try growing some.

    August 17, 2015 at 8:42 am
    • Reply

      Thank you! They’ve been delicious on everything! I just want to be sure to use them all!

      August 17, 2015 at 8:45 am

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