Around The House · Gardening

Oh How My Garden Grows!

This is meant to be a weekly segment to show the progress and evolution of my garden beds over the rest of this year.

Edible Garden Bed #1

I’m so proud of this first bed! The sage, rosemary, and chives are holdovers from last year that over wintered very well in the bed. I have already drastically cut back the sage and it is taking over again. I will have to rein it in again this weekend.

There are six small basil plants in there that I grew from seeds. They are one of the plants I am so proud of because I was actually able to grow them from seed and transplant them into the garden. They seem pretty happy but aren’t growing quite as quickly as the other plants in the bed.

You can’t see them at all because they are hiding under the turnip greens but there are beautiful little Tom Thumb lettuce heads in there too. The turnips have really taken off and I plan on harvesting them tomorrow and roasting them for lunch.

There are two tomato plants in the back that are starting to take over. With them are a few kale plants. I actually thought the kale would do a lot better but I may have hindered them with the tomatoes. Lastly there is the spinach. I have have some little caterpillars munching away on it so I will probably just pull it soon. When I replant I will make sure to spray them with some type of natural bug repellent.

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Edible Garden Bed #1

Edible Garden Bed #2

This bed while not as full will be soon enough. I have four bell pepper plants and two hot pepper plants. Those still need it to get a little warmer before they really take off. I also have four cucumber plants. those may get out of control and need to be thinned out even more but for now I am letting them spread their legs. The peppers and the cucumbers were all grown from seeds and transplanted. The lettuce and the peas in the bed were sown in the bed at the end of April. We have been eating the lettuce but I’m not sure we will get any peas this year. It’s getting hot pretty fast this year.

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Edible Garden Bed #2

Edible Garden Bed #3

This bed was mostly planted this last weekend. The only thing that was planted previously were the pole beans. They are still pretty small. The zucchini and the yellow squash are starting to sprout. Just two more plants to go. The other plants we seeded last weekend were the mouse melons and the ground cherries. They are a little slower to sprout. Hopefully over the next couple days I see them start to show themselves.

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Edible Garden Bed #3

I can’t wait to check back next week and see what we have. I will also update the containers at that time so I can get an idea of how well they are progressing.

Around The House · Gardening

Container Gardening

Container gardening is not something I am good at. I don’t understand how those luscious looking pots at the garden store are made. Never the less I try every year to grow plants in pots and this year is no different.

The three pots above contain some baby herbs. There are a few basils, an Italian parsley, sage, and thyme. They are so small and growing at such a show clip I’m not sure the pots will ever look full.

The next two containers are planted with Lizzano tomatoes. The variety is supposed to grow well in containers. I surely have fingers crossed because we eat a lot of tomatoes in our house. In our area it takes tomatoes a very long time to start producing. This is mostly because the temperatures get too hot almost from the start for them to pollinate… or so I have been told.

Around The House · Gardening · Motherhood

Mother’s Day

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I had the most wonderful Mother’s Day. My boys worked hard all afternoon in the heat while I lounged on a blanket! The front bed is planted now. Even better I have everything for my summer vegetable garden planted and some additional flower pretties for my backyard. This is the earliest we have ever had everything done and I am so excited to see how everything grows and transforms. There will be so much to learn from this year that can be applied to future gardens and landscapes. It’s all so exciting.

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