{Update #6} Our First Garden

Our garden is producing a lot more these days! 

We picked our first tomato this week (the two before that, a worm beat us to them). I’ve got hot peppers running out of my ears so I started freezing them. Our bell and sweet peppers are doing really well too. My fennel has gotten big and I’ve been wondering what to do with it (I just planted it for fun), and a friend of mine told me she puts it in her smoothies so I’m looking forward to try that. The rabbits are still a bit of a problem, but we have actually gotten several beans from our bushes, so take that, wascally wabbits! 

My in-laws came over this past weekend and helped us put up sour kraut in an antique crock that’s been in the family at least four generations. I’ve made kraut before, but never this way, so it was a fun new experience! We put up about thirty-five pounds of cabbage (10 heads), and now we wait about a month for it to ferment and then we’ll can it. I’m super excited to get to eat it when it’s ready! 

The squash was planted a bit late, but it’s blooming now so it won’t be long before we start to get that. The watermelon, cucumber, and pumpkin plants are also getting pretty big. We finally thinned out our okra plants, and it’s looking like we’ll have a huge amount of that coming in. The corn has shot up (taller than me now!) and we harvested two huge bunches of broccoli, which were delicious. 

That’s about it, I guess. Here are the pictures I took this morning!

^Eden by the broccoli, bean, and tomato plants. ^Beans and tomatoes. ^Grape tomato and okra plants. ^Eden standing by the corn rows. ^Corn tassels. ^Squash blooms. ^Cucumber plants. ^Watermon plants. ^Five pumpkin plants and our compost pile. ^Beefsteak tomato!^I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this caterpillar. ^Okra blooms. ^Carrying the veggies for Mommy!^Front to back: carrots and lettuce in raised bed, tomatoes, broccoli, okra, tomatoes, corn. 

^We gathered a bunch of broccoli already, but here’s another sprouting up. 

In case you’ve missed the first garden posts, here are the links to them:

Have a great day!

~Courtney

{Update #5} Our First Garden

I meant to post this update with pictures on Saturday, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. Better late than never, though, I guess. 

Our little garden is growing rapidly now and we’ll soon be picking our cabbage and canning some kraut, and when the tomatoes ripen I’m hoping to also can them. The beans are still getting snatched by bunnies, but they’re blooming now so hopefully we’ll harvest more of them than our pests will! Having the tomato plants beside the raised bed is my only regret with this year’s garden. They have gotten so big and bushy that I couldn’t very well reach half of my spinach and lettuce! Last week I wound up thinning out the lettuce I couldn’t get to and pulling up the spinach I can’t reach without crawling through a tomato bush (not easy!). A lot of the spinach had also gotten blown over and was going to kill my fennel, so something had to be done with it anyway. Our broccoli finally has put on, so I’m relieved. The squash has gotten huge, and we planted grape tomatoes and bell peppers (maybe I mentioned that in the last update but I can’t remember). 

This amateur gardener is learning a LOT this year, but a sweet lady told me the other day that I take after my Mawmaw (who’s a master gardener if there ever was one!), so that was a huge compliment (and definitely a stretch because I am nowhere near being as good at gardening or as knowledgeable as she is!) but it was such a sweet thing to hear! Maybe I’ve got those gardener genes in me somewhere and someday they’ll show. 

But that’s all I have for today, except, of course, some pictures!

Have a great day!

~Courtney



{Update #4} Our First Garden

Here’s a quick update and a few pictures of our garden. We’re still getting lettuce, spinach, and peppers. The tomato plants are so full of fruit so when they ripen we’re gonna have plenty! 

Today we planted more tomato plants (this time some grape and cherry tomatoes), bell peppers, and we gave another shot at some more bush bean seeds. We’ll see how they do, and hopefully the rabbits won’t take them over like they did the peas. (Hubby has shot two rabbits so far, but we know there’s at least one more either living in our yard somewhere or close by.)

I also planted some peppermint in an old ice cream maker bucket and I’m super excited about that! Growing up, we had a flower bed full of peppermint and I would love to do that someday, but until we own a house I’ll keep it contained in a pot. It’s a small plant at the moment but I know they grow really fast, so once it spreads some I’ll put it on the front porch beside the door for a nice, welcoming decoration. 

That’s about all there is to update you on right now, so here are some snapshots I took yesterday evening. 

Have a great day!

~Courtney Faith

{Update #3} Our First Garden

Wednesday it rained and rained… and rained. The monsoon that visited our little garden may have set the corn and tomato plants a little crooked, but mixed with all the sunshine we got afterward, it’s done wonders for growth. 

We’ve picked lettuce and spinach already, and last night some hot and sweet peppers and our first bell pepper, which we put on our homemade pizza. 

A little setback, though — we have had a little unwelcome visitor that we can’t seem to get rid of. A “wascally wabbit” who’s been eating up all of our pea plants! We’re either going to replant again or we just won’t have any peas this year. But we will have a fat little bunny! My husband bought a plastic owl and set it up near the garden in hopes that will keep any hungry thieves away. And also our broccoli hasn’t produced anything yet, so I don’t know what the deal is with that. Maybe we planted too late. 

But the good news — the squash, watermelon, and pumpkins have sprouted, the beans are getting taller, my fennel is shooting up, and we’ll be having those BLTs pretty soon! The cabbages have formed tiny heads and the corn is looking good too. 

Residents of our garden include:

  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Fennel and sweet fennel
  • Chamomile
  • Cinlantro
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Peas (or half-eaten pea plants)
  • Cabbage
  • Hot, sweet, and bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Onions
  • Okra
  • Corn
  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Watermelons
  • Pumpkins

Here are some pictures I took yesterday afternoon to see the progress that’s been made:

Have a great day!

~Courtney Faith