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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Posted by Bryce Wend on August 4, 2010

Our vegetable garden is finally in full swing! 

Here is a shot of it mid-May.

And here it is mid-July. 

What a difference two months makes!

Herbs

Our herb section is coming right along.  We’ve got more basil, chives and mint than a family of three can handle.  Last weekend I made this pesto sauce for the first time and it turned out wonderful!  I even froze some for winter in baggies.  We’ll see how it holds up come January. 

The mint is growing very well also.  We had to cut it back, it was taking over everything.  Boy does it smell good though!  It made me want a mojito REAL BAD.  But I digress. 

Not fairing so well is the parsley and cilantro.  The poor parsley is so pathetic I couldn’t even bring myself to take a picture of it.  And the cilantro, well it was good for like 4-weeks and then it bolted and we couldn’t keep it down.  It kept wanting to flower and seed.  Cilantro turned out to be a pretty difficult herb to grow as far as maintenance goes.  Bummer for me, I love the stuff.  Perhaps a little more shade next year. 

Salad Veggies

We’re also enjoying a lot of carrots (Little Finger and Berlicum) and lettuce (Merveille de Quatre Saison).  Not fairing so well are the snap peas.  Some type of white mold took over the plants so we ended up pulling them and replanting this week hoping to get a second harvest of them.    

Tomatoes

And then there are these beauties.  Camp Joy Cherries.  My mouth starts watering just thinking about how yummy they’re going to be. 

We’ve also got a couple of heirloom varieties, Henderson’s Pink Ponderosa and some seeds we saved from Casey’s coworker Matt Heintz’ family. 

There is a slight chance that we are going to have more tomatoes than we can handle in a month or two.  I secretly hope this is the case.   

Peppers

We’ve got nine different pepper plants. 

Although after the ‘Great Pepper Mix-Up of 2010’ (read: Mason dumped out all the starters from their labeled containers)… I’m not exactly sure what we are going to end up with. 

Hopefully mostly sweet (Admiral Golden, Vidi Crimson and Valencia Orange) with a couple of Tam Jalepenos thrown in. 

Green Beans

Enjoying the Contender string beans.

Cucumber/Melons

And then there is this…

A hodge-podge of melons and cucumbers growing all over the place.  The sweet melons are Cranes and the Cucumbers are Garden Oasis.  I planted some Lemon Cucumber and not a single one sprouted, which has me stumped, maybe bad seeds? 

No fruit from these guys yet, although we’ve got lot’s of flowers and it’s looking promising!

July 25 Harvest

mint, basil, lettuce, carrots, garlic and onions (green and bulb).

How is your garden doing?  Any suggestions on the problems we’ve stumbled upon?

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2 Responses to “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

  1. Young Wifey said

    Your garden looks great! What type of watering system do you have, how does it work? I plant my mint in a separate container within the garden, to keep the roots a bit more contained.

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