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May 18, 2008

Garden Update: We're Still Not Planted!

Dianne's Dishes Garden Update Graphic

So rain...We've had a ton of it! Given we were in a drought status last year and we've more than caught up now I'm trying to look on the bright side, but the garden is still not done! The ground is too wet to till and we realized rapidly that we were going to have to do just that...Till! The garden area is just too big, not that big is a bad thing when it comes to gardening. This weekend was wet and cold again so it's been a bust. Yesterday the sun did actually come out, but the ground just didn't dry out fast enough before it began raining again last night.

Today we'll take a look at how the container plants are doing and my have they grown since our last update! That's why I love doing these little garden updates. It lets me see how far things have come even when it might feel like things are sitting still!

Peas:

Peas

They are growing nicely. I'm expecting them to dip over the sides of the box and start their downward decent any day now. No blooms yet, but they should be along soon.

Spinach:

Spinach Box

The spinach has really come along! We've been harvesting small snacks and I even used some to make quesadillas the other day! There's enough now to make a salad, so we'll be having a spinach salad along with dinner this evening.

The tomatoes:

Tomatoes and Cucumbers

All 40 seeds I planted came up. I've already taken one out and planted it in a pot for Alexis, but they have done really well so far. The plants next to them are squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, watermelon, etc and as you can see they're doing ok too.

More tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers, peppers, squash, watermelon and cantaloupe:

Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Herbs, Squash, Etc.

When we realized the garden was going to be a bit larger than I had first anticipated we decided to buy a few plants to supplement the ones I grew from seed. We got several tomato plants, some cucumbers, some peppers, more herbs and a couple of melon plants. And if you're curious the plant behind them is indeed a pineapple! ;o)

Some of the tomatoes are already blooming!

Tomato Blooming

I think this is a "Better Boy" or "Big Boy" or something along those lines. The Carbon Tomato (black) is also blooming.

The herb box is coming along nicely:

Herb Box

The herbs are really growing and the thyme has really spread out...Just what I wanted to see! I've been using some of these here and there.

The herbs for the garden...

Herbs and Flowers

There are a few flowers in there too, but they are ready and waiting to go into ground...IF it ever stops raining! ;oP

And lastly today we'll look at our little garden experiment if you will...Last year's pimento!:

Experiment Pimento

I always grow several peppers and tomatoes in pots for Alexis. She knows that these are "hers" and she can snack at will so that she leaves the garden alone until it's time to harvest. This was one of her peppers last year. Last October I stuck the pot in the garage for the winter and this spring I drug out the pots and the pimento started putting on leaves! I don't know if it will bloom again or what, and thus the experiment of the whole thing, but Alexis and I are having fun watching it to see what happens. Learning is fun! ;o)

So now that I've bored you with the update I'll let you be! ;oP These updates thrill me far more than they do you, but hey it gives me a way to keep track of what's happening and have visual tracking of what's happening. :o)

I hope you all are having a fabulous weekend! I am despite the rain. :o)

Posted by Dianne at May 18, 2008 10:04 AM

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Comments

Oh how cool! My seedlings just did not do well -- except for tomatoes. I'm going to plant directly what I can and probably make some purchases. Sigh. We don't get good light in our house.

I love the idea of growing peas in a box like that!

Posted by: Allie at May 18, 2008 11:19 AM

too bad about the rain, but your seedlings look great! i don't think i'm doing veggies but this year i'm expanding the herbs (culinary, of course) and i can't wait!

Posted by: mimi at May 18, 2008 11:42 AM

Oh I am ultra-inspired now! Just sold my patio furniture and cleaning it up to begin an herb and veggie garden! :)

Cheers,
~JF

Posted by: Jennifer at May 18, 2008 5:59 PM

I had my seedlings inside for about two weeks and then I moved them out to my front porch which is sheltered a bit. The boxes have domes on them kind of like a mini-greenhouse. They really haven't taken off until it got warmer, but in the past few weeks they've really done well.

I love herbs, especially rosemary. There is just something wonderful about the smell of rosemary...

I'm glad to know that so many of us are gardening this year! It will be fun. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 18, 2008 8:20 PM

We did our first garden this year all in containers. I really want to know how your melons come out so that I can try them next year. Please keep me posted...thanks!

Posted by: Christine at May 20, 2008 1:48 PM

Things are finally supposed to dry out so we're hoping to get everything planted this weekend. Fingers crossed!

Posted by: Dianne at May 20, 2008 8:07 PM

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