Wednesday, July 14, 2010

In Which I Share A Garden Update

So it's been a little over a month since we planted the veggie garden, and almost everything is going fantastic.

Here's a quick look at the flower garden. It's got some sort of blight going on and killing the lillies, but there are so many that it's still pretty.

We also have a garter snake living in the garden. He suns himself in the lawn until he sees us coming, then he books it to hide in the lillies. I tried to get a pic of him the other day, but he's just too fast.

But here's some proof (with my foot for size comparison)

we've named him Pepper. Because he spices up our lives...

The herbs are doing pretty well. Though for some reason the thyme up and died. It was doing the best of all the herbs too. I guess it wanted to go out in a blaze of glory

basil, parsley, rosemary

Also the wildflowers I won from Summer actually seem to be doing quite well, regardless of the digging a squirrel did early on

The veggie garden is doing awesome. First our red potatoes came up. We have some planted in this potato bag and some coming up in a pile of leaves we never got around to composting.

what's taters, precious?

Here's a full pic of the whole veggie garden

From left to right again:

Asparagus and scallions. The empty spot in front of the scallions was supposed to be spinach. But apart from two little plants that came up under the Roma tomato plant, nothing emerged. sadface.

The scallions are awesome, because no matter how tiny they are, they still smell and taste amazing. We pulled a whole bunch to thin them out and put them in some fried rice.

The Roma tomato plant and the cherry tomato plant, which is about 5 feet tall.
They've both got tomaters growing.

cherry tomato

Roma tomato

Then we have the green beans behind the tomatoes.

Next is the golden bell pepper and the lilac bell pepper. The lilac already has peppers.

Behind them the peas! Peas are great because you can harvest them so much sooner than the other veggies.


The cantaloupe is spreading nicely. We're really hoping the melons turn out tasty, because nothing beats a sweet cantaloupe.

Then we have the lettuce:

And the carrots:

And finally the cucumber, which is crawling up the a-frame nicely

And the zucchini:

So there you have it. We're excited to be getting close to the time when we'll be able to eat some of the veggies.

How are your gardens coming?


Anne said...

I love you baby canteloupe

Falen (Sarah) said...

we should name him

Christine H said...

What lovely photos! Everything is so green. Your coneflowers and lilies are magnificient! I have never really been brave enough to do vegetables, but this year we had to do a veggie garden for Cub Scouts. Another mom donated some space in her yard. We already harvested one tomato, a cucumber, two yellow peppers and one bell pepper! Very exciting.

I also had the boys plant some parsely, oregano and basil. I'm hoping to make pizza sauce with it in the fall and have them try it.

Christine H said...

P.S. I had one monster stargazer lily this year. You can see it on my personal blog: Christine's Cottage .

Falen (Sarah) said...

Christine - besides the weeding and thinning you have to do, veggie garden is suprisingly easy.
And i'll check out your lily right now

Maria Zannini said...

Your garden looks great!

Mine struggled this year. Too much heat and a bumper crop of grasshoppers. But we should have one more growing season down here before winter hits.

You did a great job on your garden. Love the pictures!

Matthew Rush said...

So cool! There's nothing quite like MN in the summer. Too bad there is that other season.

Piedmont Writer said...


I never got around to planting one this year because of the fence project (I swear pictures are coming) but I do have potatoes, onions and lettuce that wintered over. Who knew?

I'm very impressed by your growing skills. Very nice.

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

I have garden envy. 1.) because I don't have one and 2.) thats because I have a black thumb and kill everything.
WOW it's all grown so much since the last round of photo's! Gorgeous. How do you keep your tomato's alive, well not alive but not eaten by critters.
Haha! I love Pepper ;)

Falen (Sarah) said...

maria - that is so cool that you have more than one growing season!

Mathew - i don't mind the other season too much. Unless i have to drive on ice. No thanks.

Piedmont - ooh i can't wait to see fence pics! I think about every time i do a repair on ours

Erica - we don't seem to have critter problems with it. Occasionally i'll let my dog george pee around it and that seems to keep rabbits away

Summer said...

Wow!! Everything looks so pretty! It looks like there's some cosmos coming up from the seeds I sent you--mine's about 4 feet tall now...from one little seed...

I'm beyond jealous of the veggies you can grow right now. We're going to have to do another crop in the fall; hardly anything can survive our heat, and since our spot is in like 10 hours of direct's gotta be tough.

The baby cantaloupe is so cute! I wish we could grow something like that.

Christine H said...
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Christine H said...

Okay, now I put some photos of my perennial border up at Christine's Cottage.

Christine H said...

Try that again: Christine's Cottage

Falen (Sarah) said...

Summer - i'm jealous that you have more than one growing season. We get one shot at it.

Christine - i will check it out!

DEZMOND said...

oh, how wonderfully inspiring and creative. I grew up on a farm (yep, as shocking as it sounds for a dazzling spy ^_^) on which we eat just the veggies and fruit we grew ourselves, so I love when I see people in America doing this as well, since we know how most of you love ready-made and frozen meals.

And for some reason it is always a magical moment for me when I see herbs in pots - it's like growing your own magical ingredients for creating miracles and wonders in the kitchen :)

Lola Sharp said...

Aww, you should totally name that baby cantaloupe.

Your garden looks YUMMY. :)


Falen (Sarah) said...

Dezmond - in general, frozen dinners are not tasty...not at all.
And i would love one day to have a hobby farm

Lola - i totes want to! but then i might feel bad about eating him...

Teebore said...

Yeah, sadly, we never got around to any of our pot planting this year. Sadface. I miss fresh herbage. Hopefully next year.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You put a lot of work into that garden. And that's a long garter snake.

Joan Crawford said...

Baby Cantaloupe! Gah, I want to pick it and shellac it and make it into a key chain. I will love you forever Little Templeton!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks gorgeous! That's the most perfect pea pod I've ever seen :-)

Falen (Sarah) said...

Teebore - there's still time for potted herbs!

Alex - twin does most the upkeep

Joan - Hah! Templeton is an awesome name

Kelly - LOL thanks!

WritingNut said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos! Everything looks so fresh and tempting :)

Al said...

Your garden looks fabulous.

Love the snakeskin

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Palindrome said...

My garden is doing well. I have many of my workers selling them at the farmer's market. (posing under different farms, of course) I just recently "harvested" some green beans, green bell peppers, cucumbers and raspberries. Delicious!! I love cucumber water in the summer!

so there!

Falen (Sarah) said...

WritingNut - thanks! It certainly does make me hungry...

Al - thanks! I'll check it out

Palindrome - pshaaa. farmville doesn't count

Palindrome said...

I don't play farmville.

It was from the actual farmer's market. Sigh.

Falen (Sarah) said...

Palindrome - which one? the big one in the cities? or a local one?

Palindrome said...

The one that comes downtown. I can hit it on my lunch break Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'm going to the big one on Saturday, get some more stuff. The ones during the week are super small and just carry your basic veggies and flowers and crap.

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

You have a beautiful garden. There is nothing like a veggie picked of the vine. ...daydreaming... Pepper is a great name for a snake.

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Carolina Valdez Miller said...

I am so so so so jealous. What a beautiful garden. And how I would love to have fresh vegetables and herbs from my own garden!! That baby cantaloupe is adorable. And your cucumber is gorgeous. I wish I had your gift.

Falen (Sarah) said...

Palindrome - we have yet to hit the big one or the White Bear Lake one, because it's at a weird time on fridays

Holly - the snake name was a big argument between twin and i. She wanted something serious (like garden or tevs) and i wanted something comical (socks as a name for a snake would be AWESOME) but we both agreed on pepper

Carolina - i don't know how much of it is a gift and how much of it is just luck combined with a great sunny spot in our yard

Anne said...

oh- it's a gift

Falen (Sarah) said...

if it is, then where's the spinach?

ElvishVampireHobbit94 said...

*spazzes* Gollum! My day has been made.

Herbs. Mmmm. And zuccini. yum.

Now I sit and pout about my lack of garden.

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