I promptly cut every bug from the stem it was on (I certainly wasn't going to touch them...ewww) and flushed them all down the toilet hoping for a slow painful death. My tomato plants and everything else died pretty quickly though. After that, I just gave up.
Then we moved to Dallas. We had great beds already framed in concrete in the backyard so I figured we'd give it another try. We planted a few pepper plants, a cucumber, and a squash plant. We also planted some cilantro and basil in pots. And, as I'm sure you can guess where this is going, we did manage to keep the bugs off and had a few squash blossoms and one pepper, but that was it. The cilantro and basil, on the other hand, took off.
So, here we are in a new house. I still have that yearning to change my brown thumb to green. And I am going to attempt another garden. This time, however, everything will be in containers.
We have plenty of space for a traditional garden, but I don't trust my abilities at this point and I don't want to ruin the sod around our house for nothing. And the basil and cilantro did so well, what the heck? Maybe I was onto something back in Dallas.
Today I bought a book called "The Bountiful Garden" that got many great reviews on Amazon that I couldn't wait for delivery, so I went and bought it at Barnes and Noble. I was able to sit outside in the wonderful warm Oklahoma sun this afternoon and start re-defining gardening for me.
My first plants will be tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and several herbs specifically designed for container gardening. Next stop will be purchasing containers and I can't wait!
Anyone out there garden in containers? Would love some advice!