This year I decided it would be fun to plant a real garden. The townhouse has a back patio that actually gets sun, and has a spigot to make watering a breeze, so I thought the time had come to try growing some veg. We eat a lot of potatoes (as good Irish folks do), and I think we consume our weight in spaghetti sauce and salsa every month. So I planted a small container garden of potatoes, tomatoes, chili peppers, zucchini, and herbs (rosemary, basil, parsley, sage, and cat-mint).
Shortly after I planted them, it looked like this:
But sadly, things did not quite go as planned. I combated the bugs - beer traps got rid of the slugs that were eating all my basil. I fertilized and Mother Nature watered consistently. And still, the veg did not appear. The plants grew green and tall, but without fruit.
Apparently, my back yard does not get quite enough sun to truly be full-sun. So a few weekends ago I pulled out the tomatoes and the potatoes. The zucchini strung me along for another three weeks, blooming with gorgeous yellow-orange flowers in the morning, which promptly fell off by dinner time, before finally turning yellow all over and dying.
Now the growing season is over and I have no veg. But that's okay. You win some, you lose some. At least it was a convenient excuse to by a spray-nozzle for the hose that not only has different settings, but has an honest-to-goodness throttle on it, which is, without question, awesome.
And at least the herbs are happy.