Garden Tour - Week 8

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I always find it interesting to observe my garden – and others’ as well.  There are weeks where there doesn’t seem to be much growth at all, and then other weeks where it seems like there is a ton of growth.


This past week the weeds seemed to take off – and my cucumbers also doubled in size.


The tomatoes are all going strong, yet I still have not put stakes or cages in to hold them up.  I am a little concerned that I won’t be able to safely get a cage around the plants at this point.  In the past I have just let the tomatoes go wild, and they always seem to continue to produce well…it might be the varieties that I grow.  I do have one tomato cage, but this week I really should get out and get the rest at least staked to something so they aren’t completely falling over.



The newest addition to the garden are these little baby green beans growing.  I think they are just adorable when the fruit first appears.


Apparently the Japanese Beetles are happy that my green beans are starting to grow as well, because they are happily eating the leaves.  Not just eating the leaves, but actually decimating them.  I ought to get one of those Japanese Beetle traps and put that in the yard.  I remember my mom catching hundreds of those little bugs in those traps – so gross.


I am still picking lettuce and radishes pretty much daily.  I will hopefully be adding cherry tomatoes soon!



I have been buying local zucchini and summer squash to make one of my favorite summer meals.


It really is super easy.  Sauté an onion, a zucchini and a summer squash together with some garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper and red pepper flakes, add a bunch of fresh tomatoes, and you have a delicious sauce for pasta.  I made it with some local sausage this past weekend for dinner, and everyone loved it. 


What is a favorite local meal you have enjoyed lately?

37 comments:

  1. Your garden looks great, my cucumbers double this week as well! I think the humidity followed by the rain really helps!

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  2. Dang! You are doing awesome!! We started a garden for the first time this year and our tomatoes are JUST starting to grow. Can't wait.

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  3. I love that zucchini recipe. Looks like it would be great with pasta. I hope you get those beetle traps. The beetles do look like they are happy to eat up your leaves.

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  4. Where were you when I had a garden? I love this article. Each year presented different challenges and accomplishes, some of which, I see here. Thank you for encouraging the next gardener!

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  5. Everything seems to be growing well. Your garden is beautiful! I've always wanted to grow veggies in my garden! Let's see. I am very inspired with yours! Nothing like fresh produce in your backyard.

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  6. Your garden is looking beautiful this year! I really miss gardening. I used to set out cucumbers, Tomatoes, bell peppers, cantaloupe, watermelon, and a few other items each year in a raised garden bed that I built in the backyard. This year however, it's just been too complicated and I haven't been able to set it out. I'm jealous seeing your beautiful garden but I'm also really happy for you!!

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  7. I am so jealous that you could feed a family on the bounty from your garden. We have a yard but never tried to grow veggies. I will take some initiative and your example for next years garden

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  8. This is so awesome. i have always wanted my own garden sadly I have a horrible black thumb and would not be able to maintain it. :( so jelly right now of your beautiful garden.

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  9. Wow your garden is looking amazing! We have had a lot of rain here this summer so our urban garden is doing quite well too.

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  10. What a great garden! I'd love to start a garden and have as much success as you! The zucchini- although store bought- looks delicious, too.

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  11. Your garden is amazing!! I do have a garden and try my best to plant vegs during the summer. However the weather in the UK is poor and never reaches the high temperature for the plants to mature. Still love your garden!

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  12. Wow! Your garden is beautiful and plants are so fruitful! I realized that I planned of putting a garden early this year and I haven't started anything yet. I need to work on it.

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  13. Wow things are coming along nicely!! I think I'd like to go shopping in your garden!! So many delicious and fresh vegetables going on! Very jealous!

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  14. You have a fabulous garden. I don't have one. I have a black thumb and kill plants :/

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  15. My garden was attacked by beetles and lost the war. I used traps, used vinegar, anything and nothing helped. I am devastated.

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  16. This is the fun and fruitful part of the garden process! Your garden looks so good too!

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  17. I love watching my gardens grow too. Sometimes I will just sit on my couch and look out the window at my apple trees.

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  18. Your garden looks beautiful! I love planting tomatoes and potatoes and I can't grow any right now since I don't have a yard.

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  19. So much of greenery!! Tons of option in one garden ..they are really incredible.

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  20. The garden looks great and to your question "My favorite local meal"? Is pounded yam with egusi soup. You should check it out.

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  21. I love the all so much! We're moving into our new house soon and I'm dying to have my own vegetable garden!

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  22. Wow your garden is coming along nicely! Your cucumbers have gotten so big! Those dang Japanese Beetles are such a pain!

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  23. Yum! We just moved on the weekend and our new house has a spot for a garden in our backyard. Next year I'm going to make it all gorgeous and grow my own stuff. This looks so good! - jeanine

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  24. I can just imagine the fresh smell of the soil and veggies in your garden. I love gardening and I can relate with just sitting there and observing the plants and the garden itself. I once grew tomatoes and onions and what started like a small garden turned out to be a farm because I couldn't stop myself haha. My harvest was 50 boxes of tomatoes (crates) and 20 bags of onions. I would love to get such big land again one day and get into it.

    Your tomatoes really look so healthy, sorry about the green beans being infested.

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  25. your plants look really healthy! There is nothing better than the taste of a homegrown tomato!

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  26. Wow! I'm jealous. I live in an apartment at the moment and definitely miss having a garden. Your garden is awesome.

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  27. I've always wanted to grow my own veggies but I don't have the patience to grow any plant.

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  28. I used to enjoy gardening but now am living in the city, it is truly a challenge. Ah I miss our backyard garden at my Mom's place.

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  29. Your garden is looking fantastic! I wish I had the time, money, and greenthumb to plant my own garden.

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  30. Your garden looks amazing, I wish I had one of my own. It can be so exciting to watch all the different things grow.

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  31. Our garden is really taking off too! Isn't it wonderful? I'm so glad I came by your blog, because I'm embarrassed to admit that i didn't know they sold traps for those darn Japanese beetles. I need to check them out.

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  32. Love this garden tour! We're still waiting for ours to take off. I can't wait to pick some fresh yummy veggies to rock a great meal.

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  33. I have high hopes for our non existent garden this fall! It's just been too warm this summer in Arizona to do anything productive!

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  34. Your garden is amazing!! And that dish looks super yummy.

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  35. Im probably weird but I love okra and tomatoes. I miss my mamas garden.

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  36. It is always so gratifying to pick the veggies from your own garden and cook them up. The food taste so much different when it comes from your garden. Thanks for sharing your gardens progress.

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  37. It was great to see your garden. It has too many different plants. It feels good to spend some time in the garden. Isn't it?

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