Garden Firsts

It’s been just about a month since I planted my garden — yes, I know I put it in very late. The good news is, things seem to be coming along well, and I even have a few firsts.

My first tomato is ready to be picked, and this morning I noticed my first watermelon forming, several yellow squashes, one zucchini, several peppers starting to form, a teeny tiny pumpkin and two very little cucumbers!

All my vine like plants — the butternut squash, cantaloupe and pumpkin — are taking off nicely. I had to move several of those plants around this morning, because they were crushing my pepper and eggplant plants. I think there is even a very small pumpkin forming.

 My three basil plants are also flourishing, which I’m very excited about because I really want to make various varieties of homemade pesto. Believe it or not, I’ve never made it before even though I grow basil every year.

The corn plants are doing well, as is the cauliflower and broccoli. But, the celery looks a little wilted (hmm, maybe it has to do with the 100+ degree heat we’ve been having..), the pepper plants are a bit thin, but they do better when it’s colder anyway.

My eggplants are OK, but they don’t look as good as my Dad’s plants. As, I previously mentions, I went a little overboard with buying plants, so the “leftovers” aka the ones I couldn’t fit in my garden I bought to my Dad in New Jersey as an early birthday present so he didn’t have to buy plants this year.

I’m really please with they way my $1 rosemary and lavender plants have taken off. Anyone have ideas for the lavender?

 As I’m writing I just realized I never posted how we made the fence around the back garden! I’ll post something on that later this week, because it’s a pretty easy DIY project, and saves some money over buying traditional fencing. I’ll also share some photos of my Dad’s garden to compare how his plants are doing to mine, because it’s been interesting to see which plants there have taken off as compared to which plants here have, especially since they are the same plants!

Here are two overall shots of the garden. As you can see my snapdragons, my second favorite flower next to the sunflower, are doing awesome. I’m not sure if you can tell from the photo, but they’ve gotten tall. I’m only 5 foot, but they are well past my waist.

4 thoughts on “Garden Firsts

  1. You've got an amazing garden–and a green thumb. I live in a condo and don't have the space to grow a garden, so how wonderful you can and enjoy such fresh, home grown foods. Love the photos!
    Just stopping by from LBS today!

  2. Every spring I think to myself I should start a garden, and before I know it it's the end of July! Maybe next summer will be the one! I enjoyed stopping by from the Lady Bloggers Tea Party!

  3. Isn't it great when you start seeing the results from all your hard work?! I just had the first yellow cherry tomato from our garden- called a Lemon Drop! It was sweet and tart- delicious.

    You are going to be rolling in produce before too long!

    Visiting from the LBS Tea Party

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