So disappointed I could actually cry...

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by ChickieNikki, May 18, 2009.

  1. ChickieNikki

    ChickieNikki Chillin' With My Peeps

    So I started my seeds indoors 5 weeks ago. It was only half a pack each of zucchini, yellow squash, and canteloupe. The kids and I took such care, watered them, watched them grow, and finally the weather was nice so I transplanted them. But, sadly I made the same @*#($)*& mistake I made last year, and didn't harden them off (new gardener). So after 3 hours of work yesterday, 5 weeks of work leading up to it, I have 3 rows of nearly dead, wilted plants. Most of them were flowering before I killed them.

    I just watered them in tears. I just want to grow something. I got tons of tomatoes last year, and this year my strawberries are doing great, but why can't I get anything else to grow? I wanted to grow enough to make homemade homegrown organic baby food for my newborn to eat in 8 months, but I can't win at this.

    Seems like it's WAAAAAY too late to start seeds out there now. I have plenty of room, but I don't know if I have time to start over. I was planning on buying tomato and pepper plants to put in, but I'm afraid I'll wreck that too. Maybe I should just grow wheatgrass for the chickens and give up growing people food.

    I really haven't been this disappointed in a long time. I'm about in tears again.
  2. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Wipe those tears, and run, dont walk to Walmart or Lowes and get some started plants. Dont let one little mistake ruin your wonderful gardening.

    Are you still here? Get going!
  3. cariboujaguar

    cariboujaguar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2009
    oh I am so sorry for your dissappointment! I know how it is with gardening, I stink at it, and I know what it's like to want to do something special for your new baby and fail. Maybe you could go buy some starts somewhere are try again? I will pray for your garden! I am so bad with plants I have no other advice, sorry [​IMG]
  4. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2008
    Cleveland, Tn.
    [​IMG] to you! I know how you feel as hubby and I always do a garden. Could the weather have been the problem? Was the d
    ground too cold? My mom swears the best time for a garden is always after May 15th, after all dangers of frost is over. Can you start over with bought plants this year?
    Last edited: May 18, 2009
  5. tamlynn

    tamlynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2008
    Torrance, CA
    Have you grown summer squashes before (zukes and yellow squash)? Because a half a package of seeds is a TON of plants! I plant exactly 2 zucchini seeds for my family of four, and I still have enough for freezing.

    I've never lived in MO, but I'd say its definitely not too late to replant those squash and melon seeds directly outdoors. Buy starts for tomatoes and peppers. Keep the chickens away, and it will all be great!

    You can do it! [​IMG]
  6. dickiebird

    dickiebird Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 20, 2007
    Cedar Hill MO
    I live a half hour west of St. L. and just finished up my garden planting on the 10th. Most everything I planted then has broke ground. If I were you I'd direct plant seeds and find me some plants at a garden centewr or where ever you can and get them in the ground also.

    People say I'm getting crankier as I get older. That's not it. I just find I enjoy annoying people a lot more now. Especially younger people!!!
  7. preppy*hippie*chick

    preppy*hippie*chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Centerburg, Ohio
  8. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    I caught a very healthy squirrel MOWING down my lettuce.

    Is squirrel any good in May?
  9. NanaKat

    NanaKat True BYC Addict Premium Member

    If your ground will grow strawberries and tomatoes, then you can grow most anything.
    It is not too late to plant. Just last week I put seeds in the ground for corn, cantalopes, watermelon, three different kinds of squash and lettuce and radishes. They are already up.
    I also set out plants for tomato, peppers, cucumber and watermelon that I purchased. I just put in sweet potatoe vines slips.
    I plant Okra when I pull the onions next month.
    When the peas come out, I'll plant green beans, lima beans and crowder peas.
    Fall crops can be started in the garden around the middle of July.

    A successful garden is a lot of planning, planting and pulling weeds and produce.

    On a calendar I write down when I plant and what advice I have for next year.
    Make a note on a garden calendar to harden off your plants next year.

    Any plants you buy from a garden center will also need to harden off for a few days before you set them out also.
  10. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    Quote:Yep, that is some good advice hurry up!!! [​IMG]

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