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Vegetable Garden – Part 6

June 27, 2009

Our second vegetable garden harvest:  SQUASH!!

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Vegetable Garden – Part 5

June 17, 2009

Our very first harvest!!

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And boy did they taste great!

Vegetable Garden – Part 3

June 16, 2009

I am super excited to announce:   WE HAVE FRUITS AND VEGGIES!!!  The garden has really blossomed.  It is incredible how big some of the plants are getting and the actual veggies that are growing.  Since my last update, my husband and I tried de-grassing the garden.  After an hour of pulling and a few blisters, we got discouraged…..  So my husband pulled out his weedeater and went to town cutting down all the grass inside the garden.  It worked great!  For a few days…..  As you can see in this picture that I took today, the grass is on it’s way back in…  Time for another weedeating escapade!  I put some mulch around the teeny-tiny pepper plants.  This has discouraged grass from taking them over and the pepper plants have gotten a little bigger.  They are still really tiny, so I’m doubtful that we’ll see any peppers, but you never know! 

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My husband and I split the first green bean that came out of the garden the other night.  I think I should be able to pick enough for a real side dish for tomorrow’s dinner.    

GreenBeans

I had to get creative with the pole beans.  They ended up on the inside of the bush beans, so they were reaching all over and attacking the other plants.  My Mom recommended adding some string to help corral them.  And it worked!!

PoleBeans

We are really looking forward to having lots of squash. 

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Here is our one lone tomato plant.  It is in a pot on the back patio and has one lone tomato on it.  I water it and it still looks like it’s about to die!

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And last, but certainly not least, the BLACKBERRIES!  We have a lot of blackberry bushes in our back yard.  They were there when we moved in at the end of last summer, so we tried to keep the majority of them in confined to an island in the middle of the yard.  They are finally ripening!  I have to work fast to get them before the brids do, but it’s worth it!

Blackberries

Vegetable Garden, Part 2

June 2, 2009

Welcome to our garden!  We had a few rainy weeks and the garden really grew.  Unfortunately, so did GRASS inside the garden.  I spent some time pulling it all out in the top corner near the green beans, but I still need to finish the rest of the garden.  It was very tiring and sloooooooow work.  But it needs to be done.  You can’t even see the peppers anymore, they’re covered in grass!

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I’ll post true post de-grassing pictures hopefully at the end of the week!  We haven’t had any other plants disappear (or get munched on) since we put the fence up.  Check out Vegetable Garden, Part 1 to catch a peek at the garden theif.

Vegetable Garden, Part 1

May 19, 2009

I have been meaning to blog about our vegetable garden.  I had the best intentions of photographing the whole process; from growing the seeds inside to planting the garden to harvesting our bounty…  Well, I’m sorry to say, that just didn’t happen!  But I’m hoping to start now and follow the rest of the process…..

 This is our first attempt at a vegetable garden and it seems to be going pretty well.  We have (from seeds) two types of green beans, cantaloupe, and two types of peppers and (from plants) squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and cucumbers.  We originally tried eggplant and squash from seeds, but the eggplant never sprouted and the squash got eaten when they were teeny tiny little sprouts.

My husband and I live (by most standards) in the country.  Our backyard backs up to 8 acres or so of green space that is home to plenty of wild animals.  When the baby squash disappeared overnight, we weren’t sure if it was deer or bunnies.  We decided that we should probably put a fence around our garden to try to discourage it from becoming a summer-long salad bar for the neighbors….  I am happy to report that since we put up the fence, no plants have been eaten.  And I was able to catch a glimpse of the culprit….  These were taken out our bedroom window.

I just happened to be walking by the window at the right time....

I just happened to be walking by the window at the right time....

 

Salad bar is officially CLOSED!   (and check out that zoom!)

Salad bar is officially CLOSED! (and check out that zoom!)