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Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Garden Update (AGAIN!)

Yesterday I said I probably wasn't going to have any more garden updates. All of my plants are all but done. (Really, they never got started!) I was finally able to pick our first tomatoes yesterday and the hubs and A enjoyed some of them with dinner. :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Garden Update 8/17/11

So it's been like weeks since I've been able to do a garden post. And sadly, this will probably be the last one of the year for me. :( We've had a rough year. Nothing is growing. Our pepper plants are just starting to bud. We do have 1 pepper that looks like it might make it into a dish. We have quite a few tomato plants that are flowering, but that's about all they're doing. Our cantaloupe plant flowers, then the flowers wilt. It's very depressing. Hopefully next year will be better!

A cantaloupe I discovered the other day... I doubt it'll get much bigger than this, but I'm hoping

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Garden Update!

It's been forever since we've had a garden update. Finally things are starting to look up. Sorta. There's not a whole lot going on in my garden... Let me show you...

Our tomato is starting to turn red...hubby will be happy.

One little bell pepper is starting to grow. We have a ton of flowers so hopefully they'll start growing.

We have a ton of little cherry tomatoes growing. I'm not sure who is going to eat them though...

C's rose bush has started to take off, this is one of a few beautiful roses on it.

And C's sunflowers are growing like crazy!!

How is your garden growing? Hopefully better than mine!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Garden Update 6/14

Not much going on in my garden... I've managed to keep all the plants alive still so that's good. :) I'm hoping for some rain some time this week! Everything in my garden seems to thrive when it rains. When I water my plants, they grow a little, but when it rains, they grow a ton!

We've got snap peas! I tried one the other day and I don't think it's quite ready yet.

This year, we let C pick out some plants he wanted to take care of himself. He picked out the plants and planted them. I've been doing the weeding because he planted them with my other garden plants, but he's been watering them.
This is C's tomato plant - the only one with a tomato on it! C doesn't even like tomatoes, but he wanted to plant a plant for his daddy. Daddy can't wait until he has a garden fresh tomato. He's been asking since May when we were going to get them!
That's all for my garden this week, how is your garden growing?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Garden Update

There is lots happening in my garden these days. Sort of. Everything I've planted is dying. There is lots that is growing on it's own and it's doing great!
This is our compost pile from last year. There is lettuce, tomatoes and who knows what else growing. Could be pumpkin, squash, cantaloupe or maybe watermelon. I threw seeds from everything in there! Oops. :)

In the top right of this picture is a plant I bought and planted. It's dying. In the bottom left are cantaloupe seeds that I threw in there and they're thriving.

There are also a lot of tomato plants popping up. I bought broccoli plants that are dying. It's just not my year for gardening. :(

I hope your garden is doing better than mine!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Garden Update

This week has brought a lot of surprises in my garden....

Like this little guy here. The beginnings of a tomato plant. I found about 15 of these. I pulled some and am letting some grow. The tomato plants I plated from seed did not make it, so luckily we have these!

We harvested our first strawberry this week! (Monday actually) We found 2 more today. It has become the boys favorite game. Who can find the red strawberries??

Here is one of our containers. This one is our green beans. They have really taken off!! I am hoping to plant another pot of them this week if I have enough soil.

How is your garden growing?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Garden Update

With all the rain from this past week, my garden has really taken off.
These are the sugar snap peas, which I planted from seed. I need to stake them up soon.

Our strawberries are getting big. The boys are really excited! They keep asking if they can eat the green ones.
We have 2 big patches of lettuce that have sprouted up on it's own. This one is right beside our compost pile. There are also random lettuce plants throughout the garden. I'd like to try and transplant them to containers, or at least all into one spot.

My seeds that I planted have pretty much died. I'm not sure what I did wrong. The only ones that seemed to have survived were the watermelon and one of the pepper plants. Hopefully they'll continue to grow okay.

How is your garden growing?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Garden Update

There has been lots of happenings in my garden this past week. Lots of little sprouts! I planted a few things in containers, it's my first time trying this and so far so good! We planted carrots, green beans and spinach in containers. I also have something new, celery leaf, and some basil.
 I planted a bunch of spinach in the ground and in a container. The spinach in the ground is just now starting to sprout, I see the very tips starting to come up. The spinach in the container (which I planted a month after I planted some in the ground) is sprouting like crazy. I found some spinach and lettuce growing randomly in the garden, not sure how it got there.

Our sugar snap peas are growing like crazy, I think I'm going to have to stake them up here soon.

Here is the seeds we planted earlier this year. They've outgrown their starters and need transplanted into the ground. That's on my list to do this week.

How is your garden growing?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Garden Update #2 2011

I am so excited to be able to share another garden update with you this week. I was kind of worried that I wasn't going to have anything worthy of an update. I mean, who wants to see the same old stuff week after week? Sure, the sprouts have grown, but not that much. We do have pepper sprouts now, which is kind of exciting. This is the first year I've used all seeds and *so far* we're going good.

I planted sugar snap peas this year - something I have no clue about. They've sprouted and are looking great! I'm going to have to do some research though, because I'm not sure if I need to stake them or if they'll be a bush or whatever. I need to check the seed packet. :)

(this picture is sideways. I don't know why because when I upload it, it's fine,but changes when I insert it in the post)

We also planted some strawberry plants ($1 for 2!) because the seeds we planted were dumped out damaged by a curious 2 year old.

Anything exciting happening in your gardens?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Garden Update 2011 #1

Our first garden update for the year. I'm so excited! LOL I can not wait to get my hands in the dirt. I'm itching to get out there and plant, but I'm forcing myself to wait. I don't want to little plants to die yet!

I took a leap and started some plants from seed this year. Partly to save some money and partly to see if i could actually do it. So far, so good. Back at the beginning of March, I started a zucchini plant that I have planted outside now. It got way to big for its container. I keep it covered with an ice cream bucket at night, and it's growing very well! We also planted broccoli, tomatoes, watermelon, peppers, cucumber, spinach, sugar snap peas and cantaloupe. I'm debating on carrots and a few other veggies.

Everything but the peppers have sprouted! A good rule of thumb for my area is to wait to plant outside until after Mother's Day. Only 3 weeks left!!

Are you planting a garden this year?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Starting Seeds Indoors - Mini "Greenhouse"

It's right around the time to start planting seeds for your garden, if you grow from seed. I usually don't, I forget about it until it's "too late". And I find it easier to just buy plants, although it is a bit more expensive than buying seed packets.

This year, we have started a few strawberry plants from seed. The containers sit on our window sill covered with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap helps keep the soil warm and moist. The light from the sun gets "trapped" under the plastic wrap, creating a greenhouse effect. This helps the sprouts grow a bit faster.

So I'm curious, do you start seeds indoors or do you buy plants?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Preserving Corn - Freezing

I had been looking for a good stock up sale and when I saw in the Giant ad they had corn for $1.99 a dozen, I got excited. The other day, I bought 4 dozen ears. C got so excited when he came home from school and saw a huge box sitting on the table. The boy LOVES corn like his momma does and has been asking for some forever. We ate 6 ears at dinner that night and are having some tonight also. The many ears we don't eat fresh are getting frozen for the winter. Freezing corn is a very easy process. It took me all of 30 minutes to shuck, cook, cut and bag two dozen ears. I was lucky enough to be home alone, otherwise it might have taken just a little bit longer. :)

Boil a large pot of water. Add shucked corn to boiling water. Once water has begun to boil again (it should take no more than one minute) cook corn for 4 minutes.

Remove from water (add your next batch of shucked corn and begin timing now) and let cooked corn cool. Say that 5 times fast!! LOL

Cut corn off cob. Some people have nifty little corn cutter things. I just used a knife.

Let corn cool and add to baggies. Freeze.

Enjoy fresh sweet corn all winter long!
(When you go to eat your corn, you don't need to cook it, just reheat!)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Garden Update # 8

We finally have eggplant!!

There's one big beauty here..

And 2 more little ones just starting to grow. I saw a bee on the plant the other day and I was ecstatic. :) Until the dog came and chased it away.

Our watermelon isn't doing too well. They are slowly getting bigger. I believe there is about 4, all this size. Not great considering there's 3 plants.

And LOTS of tomatoes and peppers. I picked a whole lot last night - filled up 2 big sand pails and a 40lb cat litter bucket. I have no idea where the picture went though. Now the only thing is to figure out what to do with all the tomatoes. I've given some away and still have a ton left. :)

How's your garden growing??

Monday, August 9, 2010

Thank Goodness for Friends!

Our garden is not doing too well this year. We have NO squash at all and only one zucchini (and we won't be getting any more) We were at our friends house today and she sent us home with one of each!

Now I get to make zucchini bread and I'm thinking of making this casserole tomorrow to go with leftover ham.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Garden Update # 7

I haven't done a garden update in a while because there really hasn't been that much to share. We've had some harvesting - mostly peppers and tomatoes. We had a whole bunch of tomatoes that I needed to use or lose. So we made salsa (I promise the recipe is coming). My wonderful boxer (I say that with gritted teeth :) ) decided she needed to jump the five foot wall in our backyard and use my garden as leverage. We lost a lot of peppers, six tomato plants, lettuce, spinach and I'm pretty sure my zucchinni plant is dead.

We have lots of little eggplant flowers but no eggplants. (Same with squash)

Look how big our watermelon is getting! We have three little watermelon growing, but hubby commented tonight night that he thinks the one maybe be rotting. :(

These tomatoes (still no clue as to what they are!) are finally turing red. *Hoping* to have enough tomatoes here soon to make some spagheti sauce.

This is one of our two volunteer tomato plants. This one is under the grill and is doing quite well. Hubby noticed some tomatoes on it tonight.

While you can't really tell how badly it's smashed, you can see the dying leaves. My poor, poor zucchinni plant.

If you can see, the vines are all laying on the ground. They still have tomatoes and are still ripening so I just need to make sure I get to them before they rot. Stupid dog.

How is your garden doing?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Garden Update # 6

I received my camera in the mail yesterday! I was so excited! So was hubby - he took it and decided he was going to take my garden pictures for me. :)

Red tomatoes! And LOTS of them. A has been stealing them off the vine and running around with them. Yesterday, he ate one for lunch. :)

This is the only broccoli plant with broccoli on it. Well, the other plants are just starting to get some.

We are overwhelmed with peppers of all kinds! The only kind that isn't ready to be picked is the bell peppers. They are still teeny tiny.

Watermelon starting!! It has officially taken over the kiddie sandbox I planted it in. Good thing I put the box in a place where it is okay that the watermelon will take over. ;)

2 of 10 tomatoes I picked last night. Although you can't tell here, the bottoms of these are a little rotted. But I'll just cut that part off and hubby will never know!

Zucchini and peppers hubby picked. (Actually, I got a knife and had to cut the zucchini off.) I'm hoping to get a post up Saturday about what I plan to do with all that zucchini!

And that's all my garden for this week.

 What does your garden look like? Have you harvested anything?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

WFMW - Keeping Tomatoes from Rotting

I am still pretty new to gardening. This is only my second year gardening and I am still learning a lot. Luckily, our neighbor has been very generous in sharing his wealth of knowledge with me.

A few weeks ago, our tomatoes were starting to grow like crazy! But, they would get about as big as C's hand (he's 4) then stop growing. And then they started to rot. The bottoms of all of them were a nasty black color. My neighbor walked by one day and asked when the last time that I watered them was. My answer? "Uhhhhhh........when I planted them? Or wait, when did it rain last?" He laughed. And suggested I water them. So now every other day, I water them. And I water everything else in my garden. Everything that wasn't growing (with the exception of my squash and pumpkins - but that's a different issue) is growing. And no more rotting tomatoes! In fact, I think by the end of the week I should have enough tomatoes to this new pizza sauce recipe I want to make.

What have you learned about gardening this year? You could probably teach me a thing or two!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Garden Update 2010 # 5

I get so excited when I'm able to share my garden with you. I had promised myself I wasn't going to do another garden update until the potatoes bloomed. And they did. :)

Potato blooms. :) These are actually in a trashcan, we're container growing them. At the end of the summer, we'll dump out the trash can and see what we have.

Baby Broccoli. C will be so excited!! Last year, I planted four broccoli plants and barely had enough broccoli to freeze. Don't get me wrong, the plants  produced tons of it. It was just usually eaten by the time I  got it to the house. :) No complaints though, I'm glad C will eat broccoli!

Zucchini starting to grow. I hope it continues growing and doesn't rot off there. We had a few pumpkin babies starting but they all rotted.

Cherry (Grape?) tomatoes are finally starting to ripen. A will be thrilled. He picked a green one the other day and shoved it into his mouth. Then spit it right back out.

These are also tomatoes. Anyone know what kind? Hubby brought them home from work and I have no clue what kind they are. They sure are neat looking! About four of our bushes are this kind.

And that's all for now. I was planning on taking pictures of the squash and the peppers, but my camera is broken. I'm not sure what the heck happened to it, last night the zoom wasn't working at all and now the camera won't even turn on. (I just charged the battery to full yesterday so that's not it).

I'd love to come check out your garden!

Monday, June 14, 2010

More Garden Plants!

Hubby came home from work today with more garden plants! This time he brought home 7 tomato plants, 6 pepper plants, 3 spearmint, 2 oregano, 2 chives, and 2 dill plants. We planted most of them tonight because we leave for the beach in the morning!

Hubby made me a nice little herb planter.

There will be a garden update here soon!

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