Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Garden Update

Finally! The promised garden pictures... (My apologies for the haphazard layout - still figuring out this whole blog picture post thing)

Like I said, it had sat untended for two summers...

Here's the garden after I cleaned the bed and planted (drumroll please) three varieties of tomato, basil, oregano, thyme, cilantro, parsley, two varieties of cukes, zucchini, eggplant, romaine, green leaf lettuce, bell and jalepeno peppers, and mint. I left the old sage plant, and chives as well.

Good thing I planted when I did, the tomato plants didn't look too good when they went in...

My friend Colleen was over for planting day - Isabella 'helped', and so did Bridger and Nora - they sat out in the sun and oversaw the operation.

Ok, done with gratuitous cute kiddie shots...

Two weeks later, my plants are doing ok! I've only lost a couple - one of each lettuces, one cuke, and one basil. I think all this wet weather has been inviting the slugs to have a little caprese salad - they really like the basil. I remember my dad used to put saucers of beer out for the slugs - I think I'll be trying that too. I'm a bit unsure of when to harvest the lettuce, and how. Do I just pull the leaves I want? Or take out the whole plant? And then replant? Confused... Need to find a organic gardening for plant killer dummies website or something.

And of course, I had to get shots of my grubs

And the snake that lives in the wall - I stepped on it by accident the other day while I was weeding - sorry buddy!

No blossoms yet, I think the eggplant and zucchini look best so far. I just keep reminding my self to focus on the quality of the action - not to be attached to the outcome. Beacuse if these all kick it, I still have our CSA share to get my summer veg fix taken care of.


  1. We planted lettuce last year and I just took the leaves I wanted. More came to take their place, meaning I had plenty of lettuce all summer long. I plan on doing the same with this year's crop!

  2. What Christa said above. I've been snipping what lettuce I want, not completely defoliating the plant, and letting them grow back. I used some fresh basil with dinner tonight. Yum!