My Garden Update Part 1

My garden. I had such hopes for it, but it has failed me. Or I have failed it. Or Mother Nature has failed us both. Here’s the status of what I planted in May:

Grape tomatoes — awesome
Regular tomatoes (two kinds) — growing but being eaten by a worm or something
Green bell pepper — so-so
Red bell pepper — nothing yet
Broccoli — never grew
Arugula — bolted
Parsley — pretty good
Chives — never grew
Crookneck Squash — harvested one squash, plant died
Basil — pretty good
Cilantro — died
Watermelon — two watermelon the size of a golf ball, there is hope!

I’ll take some pictures tomorrow and post them. We’ve had plenty of grape tomatoes, and they are delicious! We’ve had three large tomatoes ripen, but they have spots on them from being eaten by a worm or something. Into the trash they went! I’m really hoping we can get some good tomatoes. Mama needs a tomato sandwich!!!

I planted my garden about a month too late, and I didn’t till the soil before planting. I also didn’t fertilize. Sheesh, no wonder my garden didn’t do better!!! Β But I did what I could do during infant naptimes, right?

I may not have harvested the variety of vegetables I wanted, but if I can go out and pick some of these…

and some of these…

Mix it with some Trader Joe’s broccoli slaw and chickpeas to make a delicious and filling salad for lunch…

Well, if I can do that, then I’m pretty darned happy.

Maybe next year I can have more success with the broccoli and make my own broccoli slaw. πŸ™‚

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43 Responses to My Garden Update Part 1

  1. Allie says:

    Wow you planted a lot! I am jealous πŸ™‚ All that has grown so far in my garden is cucumbers and basil haha

  2. lindsay says:

    so at leas half are good, right? Good deal! now eat up!
    πŸ˜‰

  3. YAY for garden! I love watching things grow and just walking out there when I need something!

  4. We came home from a camping trip today to find a GIGANTIC green worm/caterpillar type thing on one of our tomato plants. We've never had anything eat our tomatoes and I hope they don't start now!
    I love eating from our garden. I'm jealous of your green peppers. We don't have any yet.

  5. Well, there *is* some green, so not a total failure! πŸ˜‰ And overall, I think it isn't bad for the beginning! Did you start with seeds or with little plants already? (I did the latter, and I believe that's much easier.)

    Yummy salad! πŸ˜€

  6. Christine says:

    Apparently they do get fat when they eat to their heart's content! What did you do with the worm?

  7. Cherry Lane says:

    That's an awesome pepper! I have pepper envy.

    Broccoli and arugula like cool weather. The lettuce bolted when it got hot. If your broccoli is still alive it might do something in the fall. You can try arugula again now for a fall crop.

  8. I want a garden! Your tomatoes & peppers look great πŸ™‚

  9. Hannah says:

    You'll get there!! My family tried building gardens a bit when I was younger, and it was always hit and miss. One year the corn went gangbusters, the next… nothing. That's a glorious bell pepper (capsicum πŸ˜› ), regardless!

  10. I love fresh food from a garden. Good thing I have a sister in law with a green thumb and a nice garden who lives less than a minute from me (literally – we're in the same neighborhood). I kill things on my own. Definitely not as good as it as you. πŸ™‚

  11. Missy says:

    Well done!
    Those must be some pretty cute watermelons!

  12. LauraJayne says:

    I don't think this is a *Fail* at all – you have food that is edible! I can't even keep a cactus alive!

  13. Ugh. I didn't do my garden this year (work was too busy) but I could never get the peppers to grow. Thats weird that your chives didn't grow. I planted mine last year and they came back again this year!

  14. Allie says:

    Heck, as long as you get ONE good tomato, any gardening efforts are worth it! I had a lot of flops too this year, but just means I know more for next year's attempts. Like, don't plant zucchinis in a sink hole. And hide the tomatoes from the chipmunks. Lessons=learned.

  15. Living in the city I am jealous of everyone's garden. Even though not everything sprouted I am a firm believer gardening is a learning experience and I am sure you will be better next yr!

  16. Ana F. says:

    So cool that you have your own garden! I have some herbs in the kitchen and tomatoes and peppers outside – long way before I can call it a garden! haha

    My cilantro is also dying and something weird happened to my peppers 😦

    Anyway, good luck with your garden!!! πŸ™‚

  17. Panda says:

    Yea for gardens! My stevia is doing awesome, the tomatoes are OK, everything else is just blah 😦 I just nominated you for a bloggy award, check it out when you have time!
    http://pandazen.com/2011/08/03/substanative-blogger-award/

  18. I am a big cherry/grape tomato fan! I love them. We have had some challenges with our garden this Summer also. It has been harder to fight the bugs and fungus since we decided to do it organically this year.

  19. Meri says:

    well, it looks like my top three of the bunch (tomatoes, peppers, basil) all turned out ok or good- and that's all that matters, right? What I like? hahaha

  20. souzapalooza says:

    At least you tried, which is better than most of us. Hopefully next planting season will be better!

  21. Rach says:

    Hey, that green bell pepper sure looks impressive! And considering how much $$ we spend on green bell peppers at the grocery store, having them growing in your backyard is good stuff! πŸ™‚

  22. I want to grow my own vegetables so badly! I've had a pack of pumpkin seeds I've been meaning to plant for years. I don't think anything would make me happier than seeing a pumpkin in my backyard!

  23. Christine says:

    We are! We are!

  24. Christine says:

    I need to do cucumbers next year. YUM.

  25. Christine says:

    The plants that did well were started from little plants. Next year — more little plants, less seeds!!

  26. Christine says:

    That's the kind of garden I hope to have one of these years.

  27. Christine says:

    CORN! I'd love to grow corn.

  28. Christine says:

    Even planting just one veggie is so awesome.

  29. Christine says:

    It was delicious!

    I need to till and plant fall veggies. What else is good to plant in August besides arugula?

  30. Christine says:

    Hah, I should take a picture. It's super cute but I don't think it's growing anymore.

  31. Christine says:

    Oh that sounds so awesome. Free veggies!

  32. Christine says:

    I just scattered the chive seeds around, then let the area get overgrown with weeds. Not a great strategy!

  33. Christine says:

    Eating something I've grown myself, it's still so miraculous to me.

  34. Christine says:

    If you're growing tomatoes and herbs, you have a bona fide garden!

  35. Christine says:

    Thanks for the vote of confidence!

  36. Christine says:

    Same here, just apply what I learn each year to the next. Unfortunately, I think I'm going to have to build a fence around the garden to keep the deer away.

  37. Christine says:

    Yeah, trying to keep the garden organic is probably tougher. It's never crossed my mind to spray anything on my garden, but I bet it would help…

  38. Christine says:

    That's so sweet, thanks Panda!

  39. Christine says:

    That's so funny. I know so many people who love to grow pumpkins. I don't know what I would do with a pumpkin!

  40. Christine says:

    I have about 5 more almost ready to pick. It really does save some cash!

  41. Christine says:

    Here's to that!

  42. Christine says:

    It's a bonus when the ones you like work!

  43. Allie says:

    Deer are tricky, fences are pretty much it for a solution. But hopefully a fence can double as a deterrent for some smaller animals, too.

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