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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Garden Pictures

Our garden is growing like gangbusters!  We planted seeds at the end of February and all the plants are now growing inches every day.  We have garlic and shallots (planted last fall), turnips, carrots, arugula, winter squash, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, a couple of varieties of tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, bibb lettuce and spinach (which were threatening to bolt so we harvested them), swiss chard, beets, summer squash and okra, which is just starting to get big.  It's very exciting!  Our herbs are happy too - we planted bail, oregano, rosemary, lemon thyme, lemon balm, chocolate mint, parsley and two different kinds of lavender.  I love watching the green things grow.  I just hope we can keep the plants alive during the long hot summer!

Here we have two raised beds (out of 7!) with summer squash and lemon cucumbers.  DH built a vertical frame for the vines.  There is netting in the middle which they like to climb.  I laughed at him while he hammered them into the ground.  He was on top of a tall ladder, beating the frames into the ground and all I could think of was that he was missing his tin foil hat.  I'm sure the neighbors, over their privacy fences, were wondering what the heck he was doing.  We may have been a little weird before (mowing our lawn with a push mower, gasp!), but we are now officially "the crazy neighbors".  That's okay.  Our garden is worth it.

Here is a shot of the backside of the cukes, showing swiss chard and bibb lettuce.  I've never had bibb lettuce before.  I have to tell you, it's pretty tasty.

Here's a close-up of our lettuce.  Pretty, no?

Here is a cluster of jalapeno peppers.  I've been told that they are divine brushed with olive oil and grilled, so that's what I'm going to do with them.

This is a pretty green tomato.  DH decided to plant the tomatoes along the south side of the house. They have a lot of fruit, but are taking a long time to ripen.  Probably later in the summer it won't take as long.

Here are some cherry tomatoes - my favorite!

Our zucchini plants are producing many flowers, but so far only one baby zucchini.  DH just noted that it's not taking, which means it has not been fertilized.  Which means it's time to plant some flowers close by that attract bees and butterflies!


JW said...

Very nice! I'm hoping to get my final load of compost this weekend and then start some seedlings (for things that'll grow fast).

Ina said...

Gorgeous gardens Erin! There is nothing better than home grown! :)

Erin said...

JW - thanks! Are you buying compost or do you make it yourself?

Ina - thanks for your comment. I think stuff out of our garden tastes way better than store bought. :)