Sarah’s last post was her final report in our Dueling DIY garden challenge. She’s back today to share how her vegetable garden–and a couple of other things–are growing.
I thought I’d take this time to give a garden update. We have had an unusually cool start to spring and that means several of my plants got a late start. Thankfully though the temperatures have been rising and our garden is really starting to catch up. I will give a quick rundown of most of my crops. (Note: We got 1.5 inches of rain the day before I took the pictures below.)
This is my first time raising asparagus so I really don’t know what to expect. I know that the first year or so I am just supposed to let them grow and that’s what I’ve done. Most of the plants don’t look very good, but maybe next year they will grow back even better. I am just using a wait and see method.
One of the plants that got a late start. I am hoping they recover quickly.
At this point I can say that the tops look really good. Hopefully it is looking just as good underground.
Also got a late start but really seems to be recovering. I planted 4 pickling cucumbers that didn’t make it though. That is disappointing.
I have planted 3 varieties. And they have all taken off like crazy. I have picked some for salads, but I am ready to make some kale chips this week.
Even with a late start, our lettuce looks healthy, and I have picked a few salads worth so far.
We have green peppers, red peppers, jalapeno and several other varieties. The plants are all fairly small at this point so I hope they take off soon.
We have planted both a traditional russet and a thin skinned red potato. Like the carrots, the tops look great. I hope that means good things are happening in the ground too.
The onions are very healthy. We really need to add them to more of our dishes so they don’t go to waste.
Note for next year… plant less radishes. Seriously, we planted way too many and I am afraid they will go to waste. Anyone have any recipes or suggestions other than putting them in our salads?
From right to left: lettuce, radishes, green beans, cabbage and potatoes
Also my first year for rhubarb. When I first put it in the ground I was worried that it wouldn’t make it. Several leaves died off. But this week I noticed two really healthy new leaves so I think it is on the mend.
The plants are looking great! I have left plenty of room around them to plant pumpkins hopefully in the next week or two.
The plants look very healthy. This is one crop that Steve really wants to expand on next year, so we may have to add on to our garden again!
Sugar Snap Peas
Probably my favorite plant of the garden. I usually eat them before they even make it into the house. This is one plant that prefers cooler weather so I hope that I see some pods before it gets too hot here.
Definitely our most used crop around here. Besides eating them straight out of the garden my mother-in-law cans tomato juice, and I plan to make salsa and pico de gallo. So it is a good thing that we have plans for them because I have planted 24 plants!
Actually, the plants that I started from seed are finally looking healthy enough to transplant so we will be nearing 30 plants.
They are all different sizes so I am hoping they ripen at all different times!
I have a few things that I am still hoping to plant, but I am very happy that our garden is really looking great this year.
We do have two more things that we are growing around here:
Jan asked for an update, and I am always happy to spend more time with these two before I find them new homes.
They turned 5 weeks as I write this, so we have another week or two before they are ready to leave. They are eating dry food pretty well and they are definitely becoming more active.
If anyone from my area is reading this, I am still looking for homes for them if you are interested!
Ahh. Super cute, Sarah. Too bad Illinois is a bit far away, because Ralph could use a sidekick. Congrats on the garden growth. Things are looking promising.