As promised, I am back with a tour of my vegetable garden. This post will feature what the garden looked like when just planted, and what it looks like right now, at the beginning of summer. I included two videos at the end of this post where you will really see the difference: Wow! what a difference a month makes! It amazes me how fast a little seed can grow into a huge plant.
This raised bed contains mostly broccoli, cauliflower, beans, radishes, spinach, and Swiss Chard. I harvested my first head of cauliflower yesterday.
This is the lower vegetable bed in lat may. Jackson is sitting right on top of the onions. 😒 He's never met a fence he'd rather be on the other side of. 😀 A cucumber plant just sprouted under the black wire teepee and those are potato plants sprouting out of the ground on the left. Right by Jackson's paws are little carrot sprouting.
I tried a new kale this year that I'm loving. The name of it is in the first video at the end of the post. It's not only very tasty but it is so pretty and grows very well too!
The potato beds in late May...wait to you see what they look like now!
Jackson's favorite napping place is in the shade right under the huge broccoli leaves.
One month later, Jackson is still sitting in the onion bed, but as you can tell, they still grew even after he sat on top of them.😁
Here is a far away shot of the broccoli bed. The broccoli is at one end with the beans on the edge and the spinach, Swiss Chard and radishes in the forefront. I already harvested a row of radishes and reseeded a second time.
I've never had Swiss Chard before. I planted it on recommendation of my daughter. It looks ready to start harvesting so I'm waiting for her to arrive to show me how to prepare it. I hope I like it. She says it's really good for you. It sure looks pretty in the garden though.
I found the best way to grow beans. I plant them right in front of the top retaining wall and let them cascade over the edge. Harvesting will be a breeze, because I can just walk along the wall and hand pick them.
The broccoli is just starting to form heads.
Here's my one cucumber plant now. Much larger than the little sprout I showed you earlier in the post. I only plant one cucumber plant and I have found that it supplies more cucumbers than I can even consume and can.
My peas didn't do that great this year. They are only about a foot high and a lot didn't even germinate. I was told it's because we were way too hot too soon and they didn't get the cooler weather they like.
The zucchini and summer squash are looking great.
In my large vegetable garden I grow more potatoes, tomatoes, onions, squash, peppers, more peas, more radishes, more carrots, and dill.
I "trellis" my tomato plants to the fence. I find this is the best way to grow tomatoes. They stay nice and tidy, flat on the fence and are healthier this way because they get lots of air circulation.
I plan to can cucumbers this year so I grew some dill. What a pretty plant this is. I think I will forever have this in my garden just because I like the way it looks so much! To the left of the dill are pepper plants and to the right are more radish seedlings.
Another new plant I tried this year was beets. I couldn't believe how fast they grew; I ate my first beet the other day. I roasted it first, then put in the fridge to get cold and then sliced it and ate it on a salad. I couldn't believe how incredible it was eating it that way!
This year I am training my winter squash to grow up the trellis as if I let it grow on the ground, it smothers all the other plants. So far it's working quite well.
For whatever reason, the peas in this garden grew better than the peas in the other garden.
I have two beds of potatoes on the other side of my fence since animals don't bother potatoe plants. They are growing amazingly well!
My first squash blossom. So pretty!
And now here are two walk through videos of my garden. The first one shows the garden in late May, when I just planted seeds and small plants and mulched with shredded leaves.
This second video shows the garden exactly one month later...again...what a difference a month makes!
I hope you enjoyed my vegetable garden tour!
Have A Great Day! Amy
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