Gardening is satisfying and can be addictive. I never realize I enjoy gardening this much. Every year I try to grow different vegetables/fruits for more varieties. It is quite fun and interesting to see how each vegetable/flower grow and evolve. This spring I try some new vegetables such as broccoli, bok choy, napa cabbage and corn. The last 2-3 years, I never had success with green bean, corn or snap peas but this year they are taking off like crazy. I am about ready to pick my first batch of green beans and snap peas. Yum..yum.
Having an organic garden can be very challenging, no wonder why organic vegetables/fruits are so expensive. They are high maintenance. We are talking about dealing with unwanted creatures such as worms, bugs and did I say "slugs" (ewww!). My goal is to go 100% without the use of chemical. My strategy is to rid of those yucky enemies by hands (with gloves of course) which is not easy and extremely time consuming. Thanks to my little one who is not afraid of the slimy slugs, she is my garden's life saver! Some vegetables attract more pests than others. As you can see the poor cabbage has evidences all over (thanks to slugs who ate the leaves for me). Broccoli is such a breeze to grow. Snap peas and green beans have the yellow leaves at the beginning I thought they were going to die but somehow a miracle happened. Whatever it is, I am so pleased.