“Trowel and Error” by Jasmine Kingston

“Trowel and Error” by Jasmine Kingston

Vegetable Gardens – 2nd Place

Garden description: I am a first-time gardener, I purchased a herb kit in 2020 (nothing grew) but decided to keep trying. My second endeavor was trying to grow seeds from grocery store fruit and when I got some of them to germinate my mom suggested we try to plant a garden outside this year. We tilled the soil for the two beds in front of our home and I started seeds indoors. After transplanting in March I’ve been diligently checking/watering the plants. I’ve been trying to use organic methods (espoma slow release fertilizer – tomato and garden tone). I’m excited we’ll be getting veggies soon!

Who are the gardeners: Jasmine with assistance from her mother Cheryl and moral support from her father Wayne.

Why do you garden: To see how many veggies I can successfully grow.

How has gardening impacted you during this time: It gives me something to look forward to when the virtual work day ends.

What do you have in your garden? I grow 4 varieties of tomatoes (Better Boy – det, Yellow Pear- indet, Supersteak Hybrid Beefsteak – indt, Mystery tomato – ?). Three varieties of peppers (Bell, Habanero, Jalapeno), A variety of herbs (oregano, sage, mint, cilantro/coriander). Strawberry – everbearing. Attempting to grow a concord grape vine as well as pear, apple, grapefruit, and pomelo trees from seed. Hostas are also in the beds for pollinators but were not planted this year.

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? No, I keep a close eye on the garden to make sure there is a healthy balance of beneficial insects to combat the aphids and other pests that injure my plants.

 

 

“Enchanted Country Flower Garden” by Tanya M Walsh

“Enchanted Country Flower Garden” by Tanya M Walsh

Garden description: A variety of annuals, perennials, herbs, and a few veggies plants. 1 raised bed, rest of the beds are normal. Well maintained and beautiful gardens.

Who are the gardeners: My family and myself.

Why do you garden: Stress relief and enjoyable activity.

How has gardening impacted you during this time: We have gardened now more than ever.

What do you have in your garden? Flowers, vegetables, herbs, and fruit plants.

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? Yes, insects. We use seven pesticides.

“A ‘Knockout Rose’ Garden” by Greg Young

“A ‘Knockout Rose’ Garden” by Greg Young

Garden description: Knockout Roses

Who are the gardeners: Greg Young and Erin Connelly

Why do you garden: For the fresh food for salads and dinners!

How has gardening impacted you during this time: It’s been a welcome distraction and something we can enjoy together.

What do you have in your garden? Knockout Roses. We also have a small garden adjacent to it that we’re growing several varieties of tomatoes, arugula, spinach, lettuce, peppers, and pumpkins.

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? No.

“My Oasis” by Bryan Dunaj

“My Oasis” by Bryan Dunaj

Garden description: My Garden is an extension of my home. A pleasant Oasis. Stepping from the rigors of life to a time gone by of relaxation and leisure. An oasis that provides refuge, relief, and pleasant contrast to life.

Who are the gardeners: I am 69 and always have worked with gardening. Traveled extensively for business and always returned home with ant seed that I could collect coast to coast. Worked for Nature Company and Discovery Channel Retail.

Why do you garden: The garden is my Domain and Sanctuary.

How has gardening impacted you during this time: I am retired and Gardening gives you a sense of purpose and accomplishment. I work part time for Lowes Home Improvement in the outside garden and water all the plants.

What do you have in your garden? Cymbidium Orchids, Azaleas, Ferns. Giant Bird Of Paradise. Red Poppies, Iris, Climbing Yellow Jasmine, Clivia, Ivy Geranium, and watched over by St Francis of Assisi for Nature lovers and gardens.

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? No.

My Secret Garden by “Annie Harris”

Garden description: This is my little garden in my little yard in the back of my little row home in the city of Wilmington. It is very private, surrounded by a tall fence, and the only access is through my house. I am not from the city and even after 40 years living here still consider myself a country girl. Just about everyone knows I hardly ever get rid of anything because I am sure I will find some use for it in the future. My friends know that if they need something, and they come ask me, I will more than likely have it. I also keep things because I LIKE them or I never would have gotten them in the first place! So just about anything you see here I already had, ready o be put into service and given another life: broken furniture and dishes, remnants of my kid’s old wagons and bikes, bricks collected one by one from old ruins in Yorklyn having wrestled them from the stinging nettle and an occasional snake, and a smattering of treasures discovered at Goodwill and yard sales, and (to the eternal embarrassment of my children) a fine assortment of perfectly good and oftentimes very unusual items found “trashpicking” on Thursday nites in my neighborhood. (You wouldn’t believe what some people toss out!) I like to sit back there with my morning coffee, along with my bunnies, box turtles, the squirrels and the birds and enjoy a little bit of country in the middle of the city
Who are the gardeners: It is my garden and I like it just the way it is.
Why do you garden: Downstate folks value land and being close to the earth and growing things more than up this way I believe. All my cousins and uncles are farmers. I love feeling the earth in my hands, snagging weeds, watching things pop up. I have 3 different seating areas and enjoy having friends stop by for refreshments , and just to relax and soak in the smells and views and sounds of my garden. I often will get sleepy in the late afternoon from being outside all day and will curl up and drift to sleep in my little hidden area all the way in the back enclosed with burlap drapes.
How has gardening impacted you during this time: I miss all the visitors I so enjoyed in the past
What do you have in your garden? I honestly don’t know what half the stuff growing back there is, the squirrels are always planting something, and the birds do their part too. In fact, I never plant bulbs anymore, just throw a handful (trashpicked after Easter and Mother’s Day) out back –the squirrels are great at naturalizing. I love cleomes because I think they are beautiful and the birds and bees love them. I have been told they are weeds and invasive but they are one of the few things that don’t mind my clay soil. I also love sunflowers which sprout up near the bird feeders, vines like hyacinth bean and sweet peas. Nature does a pretty good job of sending up plants that are beautiful in my eyes, so I don’t fight her.
Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? No disease, occasional slug or two.