Thursday, July 16, 2009

Garden update

This is what I've gotten out of our garden in the past couple of days:
For those keeping score at home, there's hot chilies, butternut squash, yellow squash, zucchini, jalapenos, egg plant, and cucumbers.

Currently the cucumbers are the MVP of the garden. They are coming in like hotcakes and they don't appear to be showing any signs of slowing. We've been eating them like crazy for the past few weeks. We've had sliced cucumbers, cucumber spears, shaved cucumbers, cucumber surprise, various cucumber sauces, and we've taken to making them into hats when we got tired of eating them.

The various peppers are coming in nicely as well as are the watermelon. The tomatoes are finally fruiting and by the end of the month we should be up to our butts in a different varieties of tomatoes. Our broccoli has done better than I ever expected it to, we've gotten one cutting off all our plants and a second one will need to be done soon. The various squashes pretty much took over the raised bed garden and they've got blooms all over them so hopefully we'll have a bunch more yellow squash, zucchini, and butternut squashes. Our potatoes would have done better if we hadn't dug most of them up so early but in our defense we really wanted to eat some homegrown potatoes. Most of the fingerling potatoes are still in the ground so we'll have those to look forward to in a few weeks.

Sparky's herb garden has done off the charts great. We've got tons of basil, thyme, sage, fennel, mint, and more in her little plot. I'm looking forward to having a lot of that basil torn up and laid down on fresh sliced tomatoes that's been drizzled with balsamic vinegar and dotted with fresh goat cheese. We've been getting fresh goat cheese from our local farmers market.

Garden disappointments include the onions (I think I planted them into a part of the garden with too much clay so this bust may be my fault.), the carrots that never came up, the tiny pea harvest, and the cantaloupes that I planted for Sparky and her parents. The cantaloupes may come in but the onions and the rest have been disappointments. But we're looking at what we did wrong this year with an eye to improve our methods and yield next year, so it's all a big learning curve.

I hope we end up with enough tomatoes to can and to make and can some salsa. If only the weather co-operates and the rains continue to fall we should do all right for a pair of garden rookies.


Anonymous said...

I always found growing anything to be rewarding. It's a little work at first but the payoff is well worth it. It looks like it's been rewarding for you.

I took the easy way by planting apple and cherry trees....My payoff will be in 2-4 years.

Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Mnmom said...

I can't believe it took either of us so long to get a garden! I'm loving it and it sounds like you are too. Congratulations!!!!! Are you sure you aren't from Iowa?

K.Line said...

I am truly SO impressed by this. They look healthy and healthful - and I know how much work goes into this sort of thing. The fact that you were successful with 80% of your growing is a sign that you have lots of talent! How awesome. Next year there will be no stopping the two of you!

MommyLisa said...

Put some slices of cucumber in a pitcher of water - nothing tastes more refreshing! Better than lemon.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm... butternuts. I hear tell there's a great recipe for a cucumber martini that's supposed to be delicious. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to before the summer is out.

Keith said...

Very cool. I was eating some tomatoes from my grandmother's garden earlier today.