Sunday, June 23, 2013

What's Growing in the Garden

I thought I would give an update on what is currently growing in the garden.  With all the rain we had last week in our area my plants are growing nicely.  The heat a couple weeks ago ended my broccoli and spinach crops.  My peppers and eggplant are off to a slow start, but they will hopefully pick up the pace.  My pole beans, malabar spinach and popcorn are coming up nicely, I planted them on June 9th.  This is my first year growing popcorn and malabar spinach and I can't wait to try them.  I am using straw this year as a mulch in some of my growing beds.  So far it is keeping down the weeds and it is also keeping the ground moist.  I noticed my peas are going to be coming to an end soon, but I did have a good crop this year.  I harvested 2 heads of cabbage, cauliflower and romaine lettuce the other night.  I ended up harvesting my cauliflower early because they were starting to look like they were going to flower soon, so they are on the small side.  Quite a few of my tomato plants are producing tomatoes which makes me a happy girl.  I will be even happier when they are ripe!    Here are some pictures of my current crops.

Pepper Plants
Flamingo, Purple Beauty, Sweet Banana, Horizon Orange, Anaheim Chili, Red Roaster,
Cubanelle, Lydia Paprika and Aji Dulce (Dill & Garlic in the background)

Violetta, Listada, Rosa Bianca and Lavender Touch

Cauliflower, Parris Island Romaine & Red Iceberg

Golden Sweet Snow Peas & Carouby De Maussane Snow peas

Red Iceberg

Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage

Asparagus Peas

Onion sets are forming bulbs. I planted yellow, white and red onion sets.
Harvest from Friday night.  Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage,
Snow Crown Cauliflower, Parris Island Romaine & Snow Peas
Beets & Turnips
(Golden Beets, Chioggia, Detroit Red Beets & Golden Turnips)
Cherry Tomatoes
(Chocolate Cherry, Green Grape & Red Pear)
Tomato Bed #1
(Jaune Flamme, Basinga, Moonglow, Mr. Stripey, Box Car Willie, Dr. Wyche's Yellow,
Coure di Bue, Purple Passion, Spudakee, Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye, Beauty King & Cuostralee)

Tomato Bed #2
(Lemon Boy, Marianna's Conflict, Indigo Rose, Bloody Butcher, Emerald Evergreen, German Pink, Russian Rose, Black Zebra, Wapsipinicon Peach, Grandfather Ashlock, Black Trifele, Black Emperor, German Pepper, Amish Paste, White Beauty, Homer Fike's Oxheart, Black Prince, Kellogg's Breakfast)

Gigante Tomatillo
Purple Artichoke
Winter Squash & Pumpkins
(Sweet Dumpling, Golden Nugget, Kakai Hulless, Peanut, Speckled Pup)
(Armenian, Suhyo, Salt & Pepper, Garden Sweet, Boston Pickling & Crystal Apple)
Bitter Melon
Summer Squash
(Butta, Green Tiger, Sunburst Patty Pan, Green Patty Pan & Zephyr)


  1. You've got quite a garden going there. Would love to exchange seeds with you this fall. Would love to try the Armenian & Salt & Pepper cukes and a few of your tomatoes.

    1. Thanks! I love my garden. I wish I was retired so I could be in it everyday all day. I will definitely keep in touch so we can trade seeds in the fall.

    2. I'm looking forward to retirement. I retire in 2015. I'm going to garden and garden until my heart is content. It's hard to keep up when working full time and taking care of a home.

  2. Wow, your garden looks amazing! I pulled my peas at the home garden yesterday. The peas at the plots are slowly coming to an end. No cauliflower yet...but, lots of broccoli. The garden sure did love the weather this past week. I think my tomato plants doubled in size! Keep up the good work!!!

    1. Thanks Robin! I still want to come visit the Cedar Brook site. What garden plot # do you have? Congrats on your new kitty.

    2. I have plots 6 & 7. They are in the first section on the left. Hope you have the opportunity to stop by! Let me know and hopefully we can meet up. I will be there at some point tomorrow and tonight after work depending on this crazy weather!

    3. Hi Robin,
      I was actually at the Cedar Brook gardens on Wednesday. I was on my way home from work and stopped by to take a look. Dora was there and she said that you had just left. I didn't have much time to look around, but I did see your garden and Dora showed me her garden. Your garden is beautiful! The whole area there is beautiful and private. I am jealous that you guys have running water! I told Dora I will stop again when I have more time to walk around and really get to see things. Happy Gardening!