Monday, June 6, 2016

A Garden Tour - Week One

What a difference a week makes in the garden!  Of course, this may not look much different to you than last week’s post about getting my garden planted, but I can see the difference.  My hope is to update you on the garden throughout the summer.  And perhaps this will keep me accountable as far as keeping a clean and tidy garden goes (don’t hold your breath!).


Over the last week, I have seen the radish seeds sprout all around my squash and cucumber plants.  If you have read my gardening posts in the past, you know that I have had an awful go of squash, even the prolific zucchini that apparently everyone but me can grow, due to cucumber beetles and stink bugs.  But, one of my bloggy friends recommended planting radishes around the plants, and so that is what I have done.  We shall see if it helps.


The green beans have also sprouted, which is exciting.  I planted Provider Bush Beans, which have done really well when I have planted them in the past.  My kids love green beans, and so I plan to freeze them. 




One of my goals for this summer is to preserve a lot of food.  I like going into the winter with jams/jellies/pickles/dilly beans and most importantly canned tomatoes.  But, I am going to try and expand a bit this year to some frozen veg as well – green beans being the easiest thing to grow and freeze.


My irises are gone, unfortunately.  They had a lot of blooms the past week though, and I cut them and brought them inside to enjoy.  But, not to worry, my peonies are looking good, and I have seen the ants crawling on them to help open them up (or is that an old wives tale?).


The weeding is mostly under control, however, it seems like one of my garden beds had a bunch of grass seed or something dumped on it, all the other beds are pretty much clean (except for some stubborn dandelion roots) but this one looks like a mess already. 


Matt was able to get the garden posts up, and then it rained, so we haven’t gotten the actual fencing around the garden yet.  It needs to be done, and hopefully will be tonight since the neighbor mentioned he saw another wood chuck under our chicken coop.  So far he hasn’t noticed my lettuce, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that we get the fence up before he realizes he has an open buffet right now.


Overall, a great start to the gardening year!  We still have yet to plant the pots, but I am hopeful that today will be a good planting day with the kids, and we will get that all finished.  I need to also get the tomato cages around the tomato plants.  We had a good soaking rain last night, which the garden desperately needed.  Hopefully we will have lots of sun this week so those plants keep growing strong!  In the meantime, I think I will be visiting the co-op and maybe the farmers’ market this week in order to get some fresh local veg into our home.


What is your favorite vegetable fresh from the garden?

38 comments:

  1. I love this! I am a gardener as well! I just finished a weekend full of canning green beans and red potatoes! [I'm in Zone 8A.] My favorite fresh vegetable has to be either banana peppers or green beans! It's actually the only way I will eat a green bean! Weeding is the hardest part for me. We keep getting lots of rain, so any weeding I do is almost pointless. It all comes right back after the rain.

    Erin | www.awelderswife.com

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    1. Oh 8a! That is crazy to me! We are 5a (but probably closer to 4b some seasons). I haven't grown banana peppers before, but I do love bell peppers and jalapenos. I can't wait for fresh potatoes! Thanks for visiting :-)

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  2. Woo! :D I don't think I could manage well (mentally, ha) with so many bugs and critters trying to get into my garden, though! I hope the weather turns out the next couple of days for you guys, so you can get the rest settled and squared away! :D

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  3. We love to garden too but we don't put up for the winter. We eat all we can from the garden. I would love to grow some beans, though. Maybe next year. Can't wait to see if the radish thing works.

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  4. My husband is the gardener of the household; I am afraid I do not have a green thumb. We have gorgeous flowers all over the place and he is starting to plant seeds for fruits and veggies. My favorites are tomatoes. MMMM!

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  5. I love a good garden, makes me so happy. It looks like you have a wonderful start.

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  6. Loving your garden. Looks so delish and you will get great return from it. We've tried a bunch of times, but the deer and animals eat all of our goodies. :(
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  7. I really also need to work on preserving our veggies for the winter months. We usually have a TON of zucchini and I have no idea how to keep them. They seem to not freeze well and I don't know that you can really can zucchini. Until I figure it out, I will just be the neighborhood zucchini supplier!

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  8. We also have a small garden in the back yard with some squash, tomatoes and other things. Yours looks great!

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  9. I love seeing garden progress posts! Fresh veggies are a must during the warmer months.

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  10. Looks like a great start! Fresh veggies ahead!

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  11. What a great garden. Son is growing one this year.

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  12. I love gardening. Ours isn't looking so good this year though. My flowers look great though.

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  13. If I had to take care of a plant before taking care of a kid, I'd be childless forever. No sense of green thumb here but we are moving to a house with space for a nice garden and I am going to try my hand at it again

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  14. I have the proverbial black thumb and am not good at keeping plants alive. :( I enjoy other people's gardens and the hard work that goes into them!

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  15. Oh my gosh, I love this! Can't wait to see it grow through your pictures!!

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  16. Wow your garden has come on so well. well done you. I can't wait to see what it will look like later.

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  17. My Favorite veggie from the garden is tomato! There is nothing like a homegrown tomato sliced up with a little bit of salt!

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  18. Wow your garden looks amazing!!! Ours isn't doing too good because of squirrels!

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  19. Your garden is coming along so well. Sadly I have no garden to preserve right now but hopefully you will get the tomato cages up and sorry to hear about the irises!

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  20. I love seeing all of the little sprouts! I am so behind on my garden, I have got to get my starts into the ground!

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  21. I've always wanted to start and have a little garden. Specially now that I have kids. I think it would be fun for the family to grow something together.

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  22. Your garden is looking good! This makes me wan to have a vegetable garden again, maybe next summer!

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  23. I have always wanted to plant a garden in front of our house. Unfortunately, I've never really had a green thumb so I let our landscaper take care of that. You have done such a wonderful job.

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  24. How lovely! I haven't started on my vegetable garden yet, but I'm hoping to start on this weekend. I just have been super busy!

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  25. I would love to have a garden one day. I always loved my mom's. For now, I just grow some herbs on the porch, but that alone, is exciting and delicious.

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  26. Wow! It is looking great. I bought a peony kit to plant this year, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I'm wondering if it is too late. Yours are looking great so far. Peonies are so beautiful.

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  27. I will have a garden someday! Thank you for showing us around!
    You reminded me how generous the Earth is!

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  28. Our cabbages are going wild this year, which I can not say about tomatoes. I don't know why they are so slow this season. I love, love, love to preserve food. My grandma always had a full basement of yummy preserves, everything from candied pine nuts to cabbage slaw.

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  29. All vegetables taste better straight from the garden but hands down tomatoes are the best. I have found the perfect treatment for the soil that grows the best grape tomatoes. Wanna know? Banana peel and coffee grounds.

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  30. Tomatoes are my fav straight from the garden. I used to grow a lot of veggies but the squirrels eat EVERYTHING here! Literally EVERYTHING!

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  31. I have always wanted to have a garden! I'm excited to follow along as yours grows!

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  32. We live in a condo so can't have a garden but I know how kids need fresh air, sunshine and just to be out. Gardens give that and so much more to the kids and such a wonderful venue of learning. Well written post!

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  33. Your garden looks great! My favorite thing from the garden is tomatoes! Can't wait till we get some either. I have a horrible time growing zucchini too! In fact each year I say I'm going to quit trying to grow it but then I end up trying it again anyway. Last year I was so esparate to control the bugs that I took a battery powered shop vac out and vacuumed those bugs every day. I ended up actually getting some zucchini. Eventually the bugs won because I got tired of vacuuming them every day. lol I came over from the Homesteader Hop, enjoyed your post.

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  34. Looks like a great garden! Hope you have a great summer :]

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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  35. oh I am so jealous of you right now as I miss having a nice backyard to grow things in the garden. Currently in a condo and no where to grow. =(

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  36. Everything looks so beautiful! I love looking at other's garden so inspirational. Thank you for joining us at The Homesteader's Hop. I hope to see you again this week.

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  37. Can I tell you that I have garden envy right now? YES I do....your garden rocks

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