June 7, 2008
Garden Update: It's In!
Last night we decided to get up early and get the rest of the plants in the ground. We wanted to get ahead of the smothering heat/humidity forecast for today. When we woke up it was also foggy and thankfully it stayed that way until about the last 25 minutes we were finishing up. Even at 7:20 it was sweltering! Seriously hot!
How's that for a foggy, sticky morning?
Thankfully my Wellies came yesterday and trust me they came in handy!
What? Your garden boots don't have polka dots all over them? ;oP
Anyway, let's get started with the containers on the front porch first! Alexis is beside herself because we finally have peas!
Of course you're lucky to get to see one or two of them, because if Alexis sees them first then they are an immediate snack! ;o)
Our experiment pimento plant (i.e.the one that was put in the garage last fall and pulled back out this spring) is going great!
It bloomed and we've got baby Pimento peppers! You can see them there in the picture if you look closely. They are roughly the size of tic tacs right now.
The spinach is still going strong:
As you can see the spinach is just hanging out there next to the peas, both of them are just doing their thing.
The herb box on the front porch is doing superb!
I ended up adding the chocolate mint to this box next to the spearmint, since mint of any variety in the ground is just a recipe for it taking over everything. Seriously if you've never grown mint before keep it in containers because it's VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY and did I mention VERY invasive! It will end up everywhere! Mint is the perfect container plant and nine times out of ten it will come back each year, but if you plant it in the ground you'll end up with it trying to take over your garden and then it will move on to your yard and then it will move on to your neighbors yard and then...Well you get the picture.
Now where were we? Oh yes...So that's it for the porch right now. Let's stop off at the apple tree on the way down to the garden:
The apples are about the size of quarters right now. Ultimately these apples end up about the size of large plums. They are miniature for the most part.
Here's the garden completely planted. It's a bit hard to see the little plants in the middle, but in a few weeks you'll see a great change there!
I planted 40 tomato seeds back at the end of March and 39 of those seeds sprouted! I planted one of the cherry tomatoes on the front porch for Alexis and the other 38 were planted this morning in the garden...38 tomato plants! What was I thinking? ;o) I also picked up a few tomatoes plants here and there so I'm not quiet sure how many I have total, but there are a lot of tomatoes plants there!
Oh yes...I remember what I was thinking...Lots of tomatoes! Some for canning, some to enjoy fresh, some to make salsa, some to make sauces with, some to make ketchup, some to share with people I like...Need I go on?
The tepees in the back have zucchini, cucumbers, yellow squash, 2 tepees of various kinds of beans and peas. Behind the tepees are the two rows of corn we planted. In between the tepees are either leeks and/or onions depending on where you are looking. To the left of the tepees are the watermelon and cantaloupe and in the middle is mostly tomatoes, but also herbs and a little bit of everything else.
We've got variegated sage:
Funny thing about sage, I love to grow it and usually end up with loads of it, but it always ends up that I use it only on Thanksgiving...I think I'm going to have to find something else to do with sage! ;oP
We've got thyme:
Dear lord I love thyme! And I have no trouble at all finding things to do with that! ;oP
It's probably a little hot for the broccoli. We'll see how it does, but they really like cooler weather. I mean seriously it's almost 100 degrees and the humidity is at eleventy billion percent, so most likely these little guys won't do so well, but we'll see.
These are from my Mom's marigolds. She brought me some seed years ago and I keep pods every year and replant them. I have no idea why, but these remind me of my grandfather every time I see them.
So that's where we are right now. I didn't take a picture of the peppers, but I'll do that next week. I'll also try to get a shot of the watermelon and cantaloupe. I need to do some weeding this week, but I'm going to wait until it cools off a bit toward mid week!
How are your gardens coming along?
Posted by Dianne at June 7, 2008 1:48 PM
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Wow, you can literally see the fruits of your labor. Cool. I love the look of the peas on the porch.
Posted by: Karen at June 7, 2008 5:40 PM
I started the peas that way a few years ago. It makes a pretty "plant" plus it gives you the added benefit of snacks right at hand! :o)
Posted by: Dianne at June 7, 2008 7:02 PM
Beautiful pictures! Congrats on getting it all in!
I love your boots!
A few years ago, I grew mint in pots on the toolshed patio. It made it's way into the cracks and grew between two cement slabs the next year. My husband just mowed over it and then commented that it smelled like mint. I told him it was mint. He said, "Why would you plant mint in the crack there?" Like I'd actually done it on purpose. It still grows there. He mows it down every time he mows and it always comes back. We used some in last night's dinner.
Posted by: Allie at June 8, 2008 11:00 AM
Ok, now I'm totally depressed. Your garden looks unbelievable - just seeing what you can grow, even though it's hot and I can almost feel the humidity in the air - makes me wish we lived back east again where you can grow almost anything. Unlike here, where we grow, well, NOTHING! I'll send you a picture of my arugula plant. That'll make you laugh till you cry.
Posted by: Megan at June 8, 2008 1:34 PM
My dad planted mint around his bee hives because they supposedly love blooms (not that mint blooms that often) and it has slowly moved from the area surrounding the hives toward their house. I would bet it would smell amazing if it was cut with a lawnmower. I love the smell of mint!
Arugla...I knew I forgot to plant something. I think I'm going to do a late summer/early fall garden of greens and peas.
Posted by: Dianne at June 8, 2008 3:47 PM
We just got our first garden going and it's been so much fun! Your garden looks great and I love your boots!
Posted by: Nikki at June 9, 2008 8:45 PM
A first garden is always fun!
Oh and thanks...I'm really enjoying my boots! :o)
Posted by: Dianne at June 10, 2008 3:26 PM