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July 9, 2009

Garden Update Three 2009

What's Happening in the Garden Graphic

So this morning we're going to do a garden update. I thought I had a ton of recipes from which to pick to share with you, but after looking at them I'm not really happy with any of them! So it's back to the drawing board on that front, but for now we'll take a look at what is going on in my "garden" so far. I'm very pleased on that front! A lot has changed since our last update so let's get started!

The Whole Shebang

First off let me show you my favorite little water girl (minus her face of course :o)):

Water Girl

For those of you who didn't know you can wear wellies with anything, including your pink night gown. Apparently wellies are an all purpose shoe as far as Alexis is concerned! ;oP

Now let's take a look at the two lavender pots! In pot one we have lavender with a pumpkin plant:

Lavender and Pumpkin

I've never grown this type of plant in a pot before. This is my little experiment. So far so good!

In the other lavender pot I planted a few sunflower seeds and one of them has actually sprouted:

Lavender and Sunflower

There's also a little faerie cap that keeps popping up there too (i.e. mushroom) that you can see there off to the right. I keep yanking it, but it keeps wanting to grow. Oh well. It isn't hurting anything.

After a slow start the sweet potato plant is really taking off!:

Sweet Potatoes

Either the ground hog or some of the deer around here have munched off a few of the leaves. Luckily they appear to have wandered on without actually eating the entire plant, or anything else on the porch. Sometimes wildlife annoys me!

The regular potatoes are moving right along too:


My favorite marigolds:


Sometimes the little things make me happy.

When I can keep Alexis from munching them all the herbs are doing their thing:


Her favorites being parsley and rosemary. She eats them right out of the pot!

The squash in the other herb pot is coming right along:

Squash and Herbs

In fact we've got some little squash!:


And the other herb pots and squash is doing great as well:

Herbs and Squash

I've been using a lot of fresh herbs. I love being able to walk out on the front porch and snip to my heart's content!

We have tomatoes galore! Mostly still green, but one or two have ripened so far. We have a bunch of little cherry tomatoes waiting to become ripe morsels:

Cherry Tomatoes

Also lots of big tomatoes and some yellow pear tomatoes too:


The zebra stripe tomato plant is growing, but so far not blooming:

Peas and Zebra Tomato

It's hanging out between the peas, which have almost done their thing, but are still hanging in there since it hasn't gotten too hot yet. They are starting to show their age though.

Now peppers! We've got bell peppers:

Bell Pepper

We've got sweet banana peppers, which are Alexis' favorites and she actually munched on right after I took this picture:

Banana Pepper

And last, but not least Jalapeños:


The eggplants are coming along:


I took this picture a few days ago and that particular eggplant has already tripled in size at least. I love watching things grow! It's amazing how fast it happens sometimes!

I've got a ton of baby cucumbers coming along:

Little Cucumber

Dill pickles here we come!

The Big Mama Lima beans (also a favorite of Miss G) are growing like gangbusters!:

Big Mama Lima Beans and Black Garbanzo Beans

They just started blooming. The black garbanzo beans are there too, but they haven't done much yet except for be a plant. We'll see how things go.

I finally got the last hanging pot planted too:

Cucumbers, Squash/Zucchini and Purple Green Beans

The only thing that I know for sure are in this pot is purple green beans, which haven't produced enough to have a batch to cook so I've been snacking on them raw. So good! the other plants could either be zucchini, squash and/or cucumbers. We'll just have to wait until they actually produce to know for sure.

So that's where I am now. How are you gardens doing?

Posted by Dianne at July 9, 2009 9:38 AM

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That is so cool! I am losing the weed battle big time this year b/c I haven't had the time. I love the idea of just doing it all in containers.

Posted by: Allie at July 11, 2009 6:50 PM

I lost that battle last year. At the end of the summer I could see tons of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, etc. all peaking out at me, but couldn't get to any of them because of the weeds (which were taller than me!) I decided to do the container method this summer since I wasn't sure how things were going to go or if I was going to be as busy. So far I'm very happy with the method and I'm getting a big crop too so that makes me happy too! Much easier on the weeding front too.

Posted by: Dianne at July 13, 2009 9:44 AM

Sooo jealous of how your garden is growing! Other than a few short bursts of real heat/humidity, it's been pretty cool and dry in Minnesota. My tomatoes are tentatively putting out some blossoms, and the peppers look MUCH better this year (I'm growing them in pots as suggested by The Heirloom Tomato Guy). The eggplant is coming along, although not big enough to blossom yet, and I had volunteer squash that I transplanted thinking it was a hollyhock! :) It has some blossoms, so hopefully the squash fairy will be by sometime next week. The broccoli is not so happy though, and the carrots are non-existent. Need to plan some more of those.

Your photos are gorgeous. :) Love to see happy green growing things!

Posted by: Laurie in Mpls. at July 13, 2009 2:21 PM

It interests me to hear what other people are growing and the different times of harvests in different areas! I hope you have a lot of veggies coming in soon!

Posted by: Dianne at July 13, 2009 7:42 PM

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