The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity for my family. Homeschool plays, recitals, and the basic ins and outs of life delayed my gardening a bit this year. But I did get my seeds and plants in the ground last month, and things are finally getting green in the garden. Here’s what’s been growin’ this spring. Mouse over for the caption and click for a closer look.
This is a paste tomato. It and one beefsteak tomato plant on the deck are the only tomatoes I’m growing this year.
The lettuce blend is coming up nicely
I bought this Romaine at our favorite Amish nursery
Green Bell Peppers
Trying Pole Beans this year. Hope they don’t take over!
The spinach is taking forever to grow. .
I planted a ton of kale this year. Now all I need is a dehydrator to make my chips!
Last but not least, an old standby. Swiss Chard.
Still no tomatoes ready for harvest, but the cucumbers are coming in like crazy, and the bush beans and limas are getting started! There was a jalapeño harvested too, but my son got to it before I could take a photo.
What a strange growing season it’s been. The rain just didn’t stop in June and the first half of July, which really seemed to wreak havoc on all the plants’ usual growing habits. But now, finally, the heat has turned up, things are drying out (a bit) and lots of growth is happening all over the garden. Here’s a look!
The tomatoes are finally taking off
Soon and very soon…
Blue Lake Bush Beans
Cucumber! Already enjoyed one cuke from this guy.
These two should be ready soon
I will have more limas than I know what to do with.
Eggplants are strong, healthy, and starting to show fruit!
What’s new in your garden? Has the weather behaved in your neck of the woods? Do tell!
The seedlings (or sproutlings, as my son calls them) have grown quite a bit even since these pics were taken, but here is a little gallery of how things were looking in the garden a week or so ago.
My seeds came on Monday! The cat, however, is not a recent arrival. He just makes the photo more interesting and helps prop up the seed packets. Notice how pleased he is with me.
I sorted through all the packets today, and went out with the kids to pick up seed starting supplies. In a little bit of irony, now that my mind’s on spring, we are due to receive 4-6 inches of wet snow tomorrow. I guess I’ll be enjoying the view from inside while planting my seeds!
Here’s what I have:
Tomato Mortgage Lifter (from Dad)
Tomato Cherokee Purple (saved from last year’s harvest)
Tomato Silvery Fir Tree (a bush variety)
Cherry Tomato Lizzano
Cilantro (harvested last year)
Kale Dwarf Blue Curled
Chili Pepper Early Jalapeno
Sweet Pepper California Wonder
Eggplant Black Beauty
Mystery Tomato (that I forgot to label after saving from dad’s tomato – maybe a “Mister Stripy”)
Starting Outdoors Later
Lettuce Salad Bowl Blend
Basil Dolce Vita Blend
Swiss Chard Ruby Red
Parsley Moss Curled
Bean Henderson Bush Baby Lima
Bean Blue Lake Bush
Pea Wando Shelling
Broccoli Raab Rapini
I’ll most likely end up picking up plants to supplement the herb garden, too. Yes, I think it may be time for Hubberman to start drawing up plans for an additional raised bed. This will hopefully be a busy season!