Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Backyard garden update and pictures

Look at all these Roma tomatoes! There are at least 15-20 on each plant and I have 6 plants. I can't wait to make homemade tomato sauce.

One row of carrots and one row of heirloom tomatoes. A lot of the carrots look pretty much ready to pick. I'm going to let them get a little bigger and then start to harvest them.
A close up of one of the heirloom plants. I won't know what kind they are until they ripen. I ordered 12 assorted plants and they send one each of the 14 varieties they carry, so it will be interesting to see which ones do well. Next year I will probably order the ones that we like the best, instead of the variety pack, but you never know!

Our new middle school student, checking out the garden

Is this the cutest zucchini you have ever seen? I never really thought of zucchini as being cute, but this is the first one I've ever grown myself and they are pretty darn adorable! This one is the biggest and there are several really tiny little guys, as well.

The strawberry plants are growing like crazy and starting to send out runners. I'm going to pot those up and plant them somewhere else. The cauliflower is growing really slowly and it is getting eaten by something. I can't tell if bugs or rabbits are responsible. I think maybe both. Some of the leaves were stripped off and some have holes in them. I think Mikey might have to staple some additional fencing around the bed. It looks like rabbits are eating some of the zucchini blossoms and tiny zucchinis, as well. So far, it doesn't seem like bugs are a huge problem. I haven't used any kind of bug control at all, but I think I might have some problems with that as the summer progresses. The bush beans and cucumbers I planted recently are growing quickly, unlike the broccoli, which is barely doing anything. Oh, it is growing, but is still really small. According to the seed packets, I should be harvesting cauliflower and broccoli by now and they aren't even close. I'm wondering if so much rain this year and not enough sun has played a part in the slow development?


jen said...

Yes, they are cute... looks like you are falling in love with your garden as well. Very cool.

Mom of 7 said...

I figured if anyone thought they were cute, it would be you, Jen!

Surprisingly, I do love my garden. I don't think I would love it quite so much if I had to do all the physical work on it that Mike has done, though! Now I just have to figure out how to get my family to actually eat the things I grow!