My last garden update was on June 2nd. The garden is thriving and soaking up sunshine and daily water. Pictured above is a basketful of kale and lettuce. I am loving my garden lettuce salads.
I just took a look at last garden update and I can hardly believe the difference! I am so happy with the progress of my first vegetable garden – it would seem I have inherited my father’s green thumb for gardening! Woooo whooooo!!
Take a look. The picture below was taken at the first of June.
The picture below was taken the first of July! Amazing … this gardening thing is awesome! I was curious yesterday and went out to measure my purple potato plants. They measured 3 feet, 4 inches tall! Wow … and the information that came with them said they are supposed to grow 2 feet tall. I hope this means I will have loads of purple potatoes to dig up! I also measured my tallest tomato plant and it measured 5 feet 7 inches already and has over 10 tomatoes on it.
With 15 tomato plants I have a feeling I’m going to be very busy making tomato sauce, salsa and canning tomatoes. How great will that be to have in the winter months … so much better than canned from the store!
The bush beans are doing fantastic and will be ready to pick soon.
My smaller raised bed is also doing well. I’m curious to see how my cauliflower will develop. So far, it is just a plant with huge leaves. If you see the holes on the leaves you’ll see that I share my vegetables with the insects! Organic all the way!
The peas are finished – they don’t tolerate heat well and we’ve been in the midst of a heat wave. Next year I plan on planting more snap peas – they were the best snap peas I’ve ever tasted.
Just like the Energizer Bunny my gourmet salad mix and lettuce keeps going and going and going. Next year I’m planning to start some lettuce inside from seed. The gourmet salad mix I planted outside from seed has done amazingly well.
Once potato plants flower you can dig up the “new” small potatoes. I decided to let them go undisturbed and will wait until they are larger. It’s actually surprising that I waited. Patience seems to be my biggest challenge right now. I keep looking at my carrots and beets and can hardly wait to pull them. I did pull one of each and they weren’t ready yet, so I’ll need to be patient for a while longer.
Flower Gardening is also good for the soul! In addition to my gardens, I have a lot of perennial flower beds. Flowers were my first love, they are good for the soul, they are beautiful and brilliant, and they make me happy.
I have many different colors and varieties of Lilies.
Pink Phlox in bloom. One of my favorite Phlox is the candy cane – the pink and white flower.
Like a burst of sunshine …
And at the end of the day, you can walk up the path, sit down and enjoy the bounty of your garden, relax and take in the beauty of the flowers and listen to the soothing sounds of the fountain nearby.
I cannot at the moment, think of a better way to nourish the soul and the body!