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At the beginning of August, my broccoli and cauliflower sprouts were getting big enough that I thought they needed an “upgrade” from their yogurt cups to some larger containers.

broccoli and cauliflower in yogurt cups before transplanting to larger containers

I decided to try out making newspaper pots (as found in Plant Grow Harvest Repeat by Meg Cowden <–aff link). I got some full sheets of newspaper from a neighbor and folded up six to try. It was fun to fold them, and I think they are a nice size. I might try them again in the future as I start seeds!

broccoli and cauliflower after transplanting into newspaper pots on August 3, 2022

After transplanting they went back under the grow lights for a few more weeks.

broccoli and cauliflower under the grow lights, August 3, 2022

At the end of the month, I started “hardening off” these seedlings to prep them for planting out in the garden… but instead of getting them ready for cooler temperatures, I wanted to prevent them from being shocked by the hot weather and sun! I started them under our deck umbrella the first day, and then I gradually increased their time in the sun.

Starting to harden off the broccoli and cauliflower, August 30, 2022

Meanwhile, the outdoor garden continued to flourish.

The asters bloomed! It was so interesting to watch them progress to full bloom. The petals start almost white and clenched like a fist, and then gradually the unfurled petals reveal the color of the flower.

pink aster bud, August 10, 2022
purple aster starting to bloom, August 10, 2022
pink aster mid-bloom, August 10, 2022
pink and purple asters on either end of my garden, August 15, 2022
bright pink asters, August 15, 2022

Somewhere or other, I read or heard that asters should be pruned back at some point before they bud to encourage fuller growth and more blooms. However, I heard this information far too late for this season! I am hoping to plant them again for next year, so I’ll need to remember to read more about that for the future!

The marigolds continued to bloom and the plants grew into huge bushes!

marigold blooms, August 10, 2022
marigold bushes! August 15, 2022

I need to remember to plant them into bigger containers next year. They were definitely too crowded in the low, long planters I used, and they ended up being top-heavy (more on that in September’s post). I really should plant just one per container. It would make them easier to move around the plot, as well.

I let my oregano and mint go to flower, since I wasn’t really using them as much in my cooking.

mint flowers
oregano flowers

I don’t have photos of the parsley and basil, but you can be sure I was using them! Parsley is probably my favorite herb, and I probably used it at least once per day! I love being able to step outside and clip some stalks to cut into my meals.

In preparation for cooler weather (whenever it comes! August was HOT HOT HOT!), I planted some peas on August 6 that I’d saved from my Mammoth Melting Sugar Pea plants in the spring.

Mammoth Melting Sugar Peas ready to plant, August 6, 2022

Since the container in the spring seemed small for one plant, I chose a longer planter for fall. I was excited to use some of my first batch of compost from my tumbler! I think it was ready, so I took it out and used it under the layer of soil from the smaller pea container.

using part of my first batch of compost under my fall pea planting! August 6, 2022

By August 11 (five days later), all three peas had sprouted! I am delighted that my seed-saving was successful! The peas grew fast. I’ve positioned them at the shadiest end of the garden so that they can have as much relief from the heat as possible.

We watched eagerly throughout the month to see the watermelon grow…

Jubilee watermelon plant, August 10, 2022

…but it didn’t grow quite as much as I hoped/expected! I was hoping that it would be ready before school started, but I don’t think it’s ready yet… Check back in September!

I was delighted that fertilizing + some vigorous pruning (learned from The Rusted Garden on Instagram) seemed to encourage the Beit Alpha cucumber vine to start producing again. I also learned about the possibility of succession-planting cucumbers, so I want to give that a try next year.

harvesting a Beit Alpha cucumber, August 12, 2022

I was also excited to see peppers forming on the plants I grew from seeds saved from Costco peppers! They were a complete experiment, and so I’m looking forward to seeing what the fruit is like (the original peppers were probably hybrids, so I definitely have no idea what to expect!).

Costco experimental peppers, August 27, 2022

My Most Beautiful sweet peppers continued to grow– I was impressed with the amount of fruit on the plants! I harvested a few while they were still green because I needed them for some recipes, but for the most part, I am waiting for them to turn red (I assume!) to harvest. The fruit is thin-walled and tastes good! They are much bigger and irregularly shaped than I was expecting!

“Most Beautiful” sweet peppers on the plant, August 24, 2022

We went on vacation in August, and I experimented with an idea I heard on a Joe Gardener podcast– I punched a few tiny holes (with a thumbtack) in the bottom of a milk jug so that it would slowly drain into the pot– leaving the cap on as suggested so that the water wouldn’t drip too quickly. I forgot to take an “after” photo– but it didn’t work that well! I should have left a little more ventilation at the top. Water did drip out, but eventually, such a vacuum was created inside the jug that it just crumpled on itself! There was still an inch or two of water at the bottom, even after a week!


milk jug drip irrigation experiment

The harvests were the biggest of the season this month– both in overall volume, but also because I set some personal records!

First: I think this is the largest tomato I have ever grown in one of my gardens:

Marmande tomato, August 9, 2022
quite possibly my biggest tomato that I’ve ever grown (so far…)

And I had a huge harvest of Sungold tomatoes:

biggest one-day harvest of Sungold tomatoes for the season, August 30, 2022

And an enormous harvest of purple cherry tomatoes! I’m surprised at how late this bumper crop came, but I am definitely not complaining!

look at all those purple cherry tomatoes waiting to be harvested! August 30, 2022
biggest one-day harvest of purple cherry tomatoes this season! August 30, 2022
purple cherry and Sungold tomatoes harvested August 30, 2022

In addition to the “records,” I just love seeing the variety of colors and textures!

harvest, August 2
harvest, August 4, 2022
harvest, August 9, 2022
harvest, August 10, 2022
harvest, August 15, 2022
harvest, August 24, 2022 (after a big prune following vacation)
harvest, August 30, 2022

We enjoyed the bounty, too! My daughter was on a mission to cook and bake as many recipes as she could from her personal cookbook library, and as often as possible, we used garden produce.

caprese pasta with chicken, August 4, 2022

I was so excited to finally get to make fresh salsa with tomatoes and a jalapeño from my own garden!

fresh salsa with tomatoes and jalapeño from the garden

And of course, we indulged in caprese as often as possible. The perfect summer lunch accompaniment.

caprese with garden-grown Brad’s Atomic Grape tomatoes and basil

I discovered this big toad in my garden one morning while I was weeding! I thought he was a rock, and then he moved– it was quite startling, I think both for me and him! I was glad to see him there the next day, too, so he must not have been too frightened.

toad, August 6, 2022

Three weeks later, I found him dug into my primrose pot!

toad, August 27, 2022

I made a better effort to get some photos of myself in the garden this month (my daughter helped me!) and this is one of my favorites:

Last but not least, how about some comparison views of the whole garden throughout the month:

The garden flourished this month, and I was out almost every day working to keep it pruned, tidy, and healthy.

Stay tuned for the September update!

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seedlings on April 2, 2022

I started the month with a tray full of seedlings– so many tomatoes!– and also by planting parsley seeds and some more romaine seeds. None of my romaine seeds ever sprouted, but I am so glad that the parsley eventually did (two weeks later)!

the garden plot on April 3, 2022. Top to bottom, left to right: Mammoth Melting Sugar Peas, Slow Bolt Arugula, oregano, chives, and mint.

On April 3, I direct-sowed some “slow-bolt” arugula. I am excited about possibly having some cool weather crops this spring (and sowing again for the fall, too!). I have big dreams of enlarging the garden plot, and I plan add mulch between all the containers to mitigate the weed issue. I am dreaming bigger this year, since last year’s garden was a pretty good success! I acquired a plastic trellis from a neighbor to support my future cucumber vines!

arugula sprout on April 8!

I spotted some arugula sprouts on April 8! Despite the critter digging that had started up (and continued!), most of the sprouts survived. It never gets old for me to see those sprouts come up and grow.

pea sprout! April 11, 2022

I finally spotted one pea sprout on April 11. It turned out that this was the only one that grew!

eight days after I first spotted the pea sprout– it’s growing quickly! April 19, 2022

As the weather got warmer and sunnier, I tried to take my seedlings outdoors for good light and hardening-off. I probably was a bit too eager, and I think that possibly a couple of my tomato seedlings got a bit sunburnt. I tried to gently shade them with some netting after I noticed that was happening.

sunbathing. April 11, 2022

On April 13, I decided that most of my tomato seedlings were ready for their first transplant. I took a time-lapse video of the process:

I ended up with so many seedlings, which was exciting, because it meant that the seeds were in good condition. I had been curious how well my seed-saving from last year would work (I saved seeds from the purple cherry and the Brad’s Atomic Grape). I decided to keep two of each variety for myself, and I gave away the rest.

5 Roma
6 purple cherry
7 Brad’s Atomic Grape
9 Marmande
…plus flower seedlings, herb seedlings, and a couple SunGold tomato seedlings that weren’t yet ready for transplanting.

As the month drew to a close, I was ready to transplant a few seedlings… and I ended up doing more than I expected, including some weeding in the garden plot. I decided to use the soil I’d dumped beyond the fence last fall, so I went up there to fill my pots so that I could transplant my snapdragon and aster sprouts, and I also transplanted my dill plant (which I’d started in the winter from seed on my windowsill) and some mint and oregano that I’d been given by a neighbor.

Of course, a few days later, it was cold enough at night that it dipped below freezing. I wrapped up my herbs and flowers under an old sheet to keep them a bit warmer, and they survived!

I covered my recently-transplanted herbs and flowers with a sheet because the forecast warned the temperature might dip below freezing.

At the end of the month, I had a smaller number of seedlings left in the corner of my kitchen near the back door/windows. So excited to plant these out next month!

five varieties of tomatoes, basil, parsley, primrose (I think), a Beit Alpha cucumber seedling (acquired after my first seedling snapped!), marigold, and Costco mystery peppers

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Well, the bad news first: none of the California Wonder pepper seeds grew. This is definitely disappointing, but probably to be expected, since the seeds were over 10 years old. I tried one more last-ditch effort to sprout any of the rest of the seeds in the packet… but that didn’t end up working either. I’ve since learned that peppers are particularly finicky to start from seed.

no pepper sprouts here.
an attempt to sprout any of the rest of the California Wonder seeds: wet paper towel inside a loosely-closed plastic bag.

I moved on to some tomato seed sowing. On March 10, I sowed seeds for purple cherry tomatoes and Brad’s Atomic Tomatoes— seeds that I had saved from last year’s garden– in some seed starting pellets.

March 10 – sowing purple cherry and Brad’s Atomic tomato seeds in pellets

I really found them hard to use, so about a week later, I sowed more of those varieties in addition to a few more varieties I’d acquired, but this time I just used seed-starting mix in clean and hole-punched yogurt cups.

Speaking of new varieties, in March, I acquired lots of additional seeds! My local Buy-Nothing group had two different seed/plant giveaways, and I came away with a bounty of variety! I took photos of the seed packets from which I took some seeds so that I could reference them later. (Note: I’ve created a separate post with all the varieties for my 2022 garden HERE.)

By the end of the month, I was starting to see sprouts!

March 24, 2022 – aster sprouts!
March 24, 2022 – Marmande tomato sprouts!

At the end of the month, I direct-sowed sugar peas and covered the container with some old netting to discourage digging critters.

I added the mint and oregano divisions to pots, and they joined my chives in the garden plot.

top to bottom: chives, oregano, mint on March 31, 2022

I love watching seeds sprout and grow. They remind me that spring will come again each year, and that warmth and new life will come.

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This is a reference post to list all the vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers that I planted in my 2022 garden. Whenever possible, I have linked to the seed packet information (I have very generous neighbors in my local Buy-Nothing group, so almost all the seeds I planted were given to me through the group at a seed giveaway or plant party in early spring. I took photos of the packets from which the seeds came, since I didn’t take the whole packet)!

Tomatoes:
Marmande (from seed packet given to me by a neighbor)
Roma (seeds given to me by a neighbor)
Brad’s Atomic Grape (saved seed from last year’s garden)
purple cherry (saved seed from last year’s garden)
SunGold (seedlings/seeds given to me by a neighbor)

Peppers:
mystery peppers! (grown from seeds inside red/yellow/orange peppers I got from Costco– definitely an experiment.)
jalapeño (plant given to me by a neighbor)
“Most Beautiful” sweet peppers (two plants given to me by a neighbor)
Red Yolo Bell (seeds given to me by a neighbor) – these didn’t grow in my spring sowing

Cucumbers:
Beit Alpha (seedling given to me by a neighbor)
Lemon (seeds given to me by a neighbor)

Peas:
Mammoth Melting Sugar Peas (seeds given to me by a neighbor); saved seeds from spring planting to try planting in fall, too

Lettuce:
arugula, slow-bolt (seeds given to me by a neighbor); sowed in spring, will also sow for fall
romaine, red (seeds given to me by a neighbor) – these didn’t grow in my spring sowing

Watermelon:
Jubilee (seeds given to me by a neighbor) – these didn’t grow in my spring sowing but a subsequent sowing sprouted!
Sugar Baby (seeds from a packet I purchased for my 2011 garden! — multiple sowings did not grow)

Brassicas:
Waltham 29 Broccoli (seeds given to me by a neighbor) – sowed indoors in late June for fall planting
Snowball Self-Blanching Cauliflower (seeds given to me by a neighbor) – sowed indoors in late June for fall planting

Carrots:
Hybrid Early Carrots (seeds given to me by a neighbor) – have not sown these yet as of end of May.

Herbs:
basil, Genovese (seedling from a neighbor)
basil, sweet (started from seed given to me by a neighbor)
chives (overwintered from last year, plant was a divided portion from a neighbor)
dill (started from seed saved from last year’s garden)
mint (divided portion from a neighbor)
oregano (divided portion from a neighbor)
parsley, flat leaf (started from seed from a neighbor)

Flowers:
aster, Crego Mixed Colors (started from seed packet)
marigold (started from seed saved from last year’s garden; those plants were a gift from a neighbor)
snapdragon, Tetra Mixed Colors (started from seed packet)

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I’m ready for spring!

…and with spring comes dreams of my vegetable garden. I’ve been checking out gardening books (especially container gardening books) from our local library and mentally inventorying what seeds I have and what I want to grow this year. It was serendipity to discover that book that I had enjoyed the most in my recent stack was written by a gardener who is located in the same area as me! His example planting dates are therefore extremely relevant, and I appreciated that!

I decided to start some pepper seeds really early. I’ve never had success with bell peppers in the past, and so I wanted to see if starting them early would give them a better chance. I still had a lot of seeds from a packet (California Wonder, Ferry-Morse) I purchased for my garden in 2011. I decided that I had nothing to lose and planted several in each of six starter pellets I’d been gifted from a neighbor in our Buy Nothing group.

(Aren’t my new gardening tools cute?!!? I spotted them on clearance for $3 and couldn’t resist, especially since I’ve had my gardening gloves since 2007…)

After I put the seeds into the pellets (3 seeds in each), I found myself wondering… what if nothing sprouts?  Would it be because the seeds were bad? (likely) But what if the pellets aren’t great? So like a good little former scientist, I made a control container with regular ol’ seed starting mix that I know is good. There are 18 seeds in that container.

I was astonished to peek at my pepper seeds a little more than a day later and see that there were at least two that had little roots poking out. I was excited to think that maybe these seeds will actually yield results this year.

February 19, 2022

However, I’ve seen no further growth since that day, so I’m thinking that perhaps the seeds really weren’t good after all.

In happier news, back in the late fall/early winter, I started some of the dill seeds I’d collected from last year’s garden. I grew them on my windowsill and had nice enough results that we were able to give a couple plants away as part of our children’s teacher gifts at Christmas. I kept two for myself, and it was time to repot them this month.

windowsill dill– before transplanting to a larger pot

I was wondering how it would go, since I recently read that dill is not always happy about transplanting, but I think that they are happy in their new and larger home! I will move this container out to my garden once the weather warms up.

transplanted dill, February 25, 2022

Finally, I was delighted to see green spears poking up in the pot of chives that I’d left outside to overwinter!

chives, February 23, 2022

Did I mention that I’m ready for spring?!

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As I went through my photo catalog to put together this August 2021 garden recap, I noticed that I can compare photos from each section of my garden throughout the month, so let’s get started with my cucumbers!

Recall that at the end of July, I added fertilizer to my tomato and cucumber pots. I could see a difference within days! I had such high hopes for these pots of cucumbers. I had nine vines (three in each pot) because I wanted enough to enjoy on salads, etc. but also extra to try some pickling. In the photo below, you can see that at the beginning of August, the cucumbers seemed to get healthier once I’d fertilized them. However, at the end of the month, the vines (mostly the Burpee vines) were diseased and dying. We had just returned from vacation on the 21st, and when I went out on the 22nd to inspect my garden, I had to aggressively prune away all the dead and dying leaves and vines. I was hoping that clearing away the bad stuff would give the new growth room to flourish.

comparison of the cucumbers on August 3 (top left), August 8 (top right), and August 22 (before and after pruning, left and right on the bottom)

I’d say the other big disappointment of August was that my lavender started failing. I don’t exactly know what happened; I think it must have gotten some sort of disease or fungus because it’s so humid here. I was trying to make sure not to overwater. At some point in August, I actually moved this container to another location behind my house, because I’d dreamed of having a bed of lavender in that spot. I tried to trim some of the healthy stems and root them, but all my attempts failed.

Let’s move on to something with positive growth! First up: the nasturtiums. For most of the summer, after a couple (and I actually mean literally two or three total) blooms in June, the nasturtium plants looked to be on death’s door. I wondered if perhaps I’d planted them in containers that are too shallow. During the month of August, they did start perking up a bit and growing new and bigger leaves. I had a brief exchange with a gardener I follow on Instagram, and she suggested that it was perhaps too hot for the plants. I noticed that when the weather was slightly cooler during parts of August, the nasturtium looked happier. I think it was a combination of heat and lack of nutrients. I can’t believe that I didn’t think to add fertilizer to these containers when I fertilized the cucumbers and tomatoes in July! I added some at the end of August, so you’ll see how much improved they became in September.

comparison of the two containers of nasturtium on
August 3 (top photos) and August 22 (bottom photos)

My herbs also kept on flourishing during August.

basil and chives : August 3, 2021 (top) and August 22, 2021 (bottom)

In the background you can see the “miracle” tomato plant. The fertilizer worked wonders for all my tomatoes in August. I think that this was the biggest mistake I made this year: assuming that my potting soil had enough nutrients. I really wish that I had fertilized earlier.

comparison of the cherry tomatoes (orange pots) and the Brad’s Atomic Grape tomatoes (light colored pot) on August 3, 8, and 22 (top to bottom)

You can see in the comparison of the small tomato varieties above and the Best Boy (larger) tomatoes below that once the fertilizer kicked in, the plants grew into a jungle! The difference was especially dramatic for the Best Boys, since those plants were looking so pathetically spindly!

comparison of the Best Boy tomatoes on August 3, 8, and 22 (top to bottom)

In fact, the growth was almost too much! By the end of the month, I decided that a big prune was necessary.

August 30, 2021: before (above) and after (below) a BIG pruning job on my tomatoes

The prune was very necessary. After all that pruning, this was my harvest.

Almost everything I chopped away was leafy growth, and I think the streamlined plants produced better and had better airflow to keep them healthy.

The surprise hit of the garden for me this summer was the marigold container! I had always been sort of ambivalent toward marigolds, but I hadn’t grown them for years (probably since Sunday school Mother’s Day gifts when I was in elementary school!). I was so thankful for their gorgeous color and the way they attracted butterflies and other pollinators to the garden.

I will definitely plant marigolds again next year– hopefully several containers! (Yes, I’ve been harvesting seeds. ;-))

Speaking of harvesting seeds, I am giving tomato seed saving a try. I went very simple with this first attempt, rinsing and drying seeds from the two heirloom varieties I had in my garden this year.

Overall, August was a good month in my garden! Below is a comparison collage throughout the month.

Comparison of the garden through the month of August (top to bottom): August 8, 13, 22, 30-before pruning, 30-after pruning.

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I dropped the ball on updating throughout the summer about my garden here on the blog. I’ve been doing little updates on my Instagram stories all along, but considering this blog started as a gardening record, I do want to gather all those details (and maybe a few more) here. It’s a daunting task to cover the whole season in one post, so I’ve decided to go month by month to catch up.

Last we left off, I’d just planted out the garden! I’d done the final transplant of my tomatoes into their large pots and direct-sowed cucumber and nasturtium seeds.

About a week later, I spotted nasturtium sprouts!

May 12 – nasturtium sprouts!

However, just over two weeks after I’d sown the seeds, I wasn’t seeing anything in the cucumber pots. Like an impatient little kid, I decided to dibble around in the pots to see if anything was actually sprouting. Out of the 12 seeds I’d put in, only one of them was germinating. I was really disappointed, because I’d deliberately planted extra this year so that I’d have enough to pickle! Therefore, I decided to plant more seeds, this time from the Burpee packet I had leftover from 2015.

May 19- the lone Ferry-Morse cucumber sprout.

I adore lavender, so I decided to buy this little seedling to add to my garden. It’s my dream to have a big patch of it somewhere on my property (or at least several containers’-worth!)

May 19 – new addition to my garden plot: lavender!!

I was delighted to start seeing cucumber sprouts within 5 days of planting the “new” (but really actually old) seeds. By a week later, almost all of them had sprouted!

May 26 – baby nasturtium plants and cucumber sprouts! Hooray!

Throughout May, I was so happy to add some more types of herbs to my garden, thanks to my local Buy-Nothing group. In addition to the spicy globe basil I’d gotten at the end of April, I also was gifted dill, chives, and three marigold plants.


It was so amazing to watch my garden grow (both individual plants and by adding even more containers of plants!) this month. Here’s a little collage showing its progress:

My garden in May 2021– left to right: May 4, May 19, and May 26

Stay tuned for the June update!

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Now that the weather is consistently warm (yay!) the garden is thriving and growing quickly!  Here are some photos from a few weeks ago.

The garden today.

The garden on June 3.

The garden today.

Another view of the garden on June 3.  

zucchinis are finally coming up (from seed)!

The zucchinis are finally coming up (from seed)!  –June 3

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Since all but one of the cucumber starts I purchased got eaten(? by deer??), I poked some old cucumber seeds from a previous year’s garden into the ground at the base of the trellises. And they’ve come up! Hooray!  –June 3

The kids' tomato plant

The kids’ tomato plant looks hale and hearty.  –June 3

The kids' tomato plant

There are even a few flowers on the kids’ tomato plant!  –June 3

A week later, the kids helped me to water the garden. Look how much the plants grew in that short time!

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On Monday (almost three weeks from the first set of photos), I took some more photos of the garden– it never ceases to amaze me to see how quickly plants grow in the summer heat!!

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The garden today — June 20 I haven’t been out in it much, since our deck is being redone. We’ve moved the kids’ container tomato to the middle of the in-ground garden for now!

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The garden today — June 20.

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The cucumber vine (from the purchased seedling) is starting to bloom.  It’s the biggest vine, though the sprouts from the seeds I planted are catching up! –June 20

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There are even female flowers on the biggest vine! Hoping to have some cucumbers growing soon. –June 20

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The Tami G Grape tomatoes are flowering.  The flowers are so delicate.  –June 20

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The kids’ container tomato is looking good… –June 20

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…and there are some baby fruits forming. –June 20

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I planted my 2016 garden last Sunday!

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I purchased tomatoes and cucumbers at Home Depot and planted some (probably very old) Burpee zucchini seeds.  I had seriously considered decreasing the number of plants I put into the garden, but Husband (easily) convinced me that if we were going to put in a garden at all, we might as well plant 6 tomatoes again.

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To be planted! zucchini seeds. TamiG grape (hybrid) tomato Cherokee Purple (heirloom) tomato Super Fantastic (hybrid) tomato Burpless (hybrid) cucumber Husky Cherry Red (hybrid) tomato (for kids’ pot on the deck)

Since we put the weed-blocking cloth down last year, it was so much easier to get the garden set up for this year!  Wow.  I just had a few weeds to pull, and I was good-to-go.

garden before.  the weed-blocking cloth actually worked really well!

garden before. the weed-blocking cloth actually worked really well!

 

Garden after.  Everything is planted!

Garden after. Can you tell??  Everything is planted!

This year, I decided to switch the sides on which I planted the tomatoes and cucumber/zucchini.  I don’t know, call it crop rotation or something!  I just had the idea that it might be good to switch.  Otherwise, the planting is exactly the same as it was last year– I separated the layers of weed-preventing fabric and planted the seedlings (and in the case of the zucchini, the seeds).  We bought new metal wire trellises for the cucumbers this year, since the wooden ones we got for our first garden in this location had lived their life.

Garden after.  Everything is planted!

Garden after.  Everything is planted!

We’ve had so much rain here recently that I was easily able to water the whole garden from the rain barrel!

After I had the in-ground garden planted, the kids “helped” me to plant their cherry tomato in a pot on our deck.  I helped them to use the spade to replace the soil around the plant, and they took turns watering.  I hope that they will really enjoy watching their plant grow and have a fun (and delicious) time eating its fruit!

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...and then they took turns using the watering can!

...and then they took turns using the watering can!

...and then they took turns using the watering can!

...and then they took turns using the watering can!

Varieties:
TamiG grape (hybrid) tomato
Cherokee Purple (heirloom) tomato
Super Fantastic (hybrid) tomato
Burpless (hybrid) cucumber
Husky Cherry Red (hybrid) tomato (for kids’ pot on the deck)

 

 

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So we gave in and bought some new plants.  Four of the tomato sprouts and two of the pepper sprouts had died (or all but died), and since Husband put in so much work to get the garden ready, we didn’t want it to go to waste.

garden today.

We picked out two varieties of tomatoes (Bonnie Grape and Indigo Rose varieties) to try, as well as one new pepper plant (Carmen variety).

new (purchased) plants for the garden

Since it’s a lot of work these days for me to get down near the ground to work, Husband graciously planted them out for us.

planting the new tomato plants

Here are some closer peeks at the “new-and-improved” garden:

First, the cucumbers (back)– I added a few more seeds in front of each trellis, since I’d only seen one sprout so far, peppers (the new plant is on the left, if it’s not completely obvious ;-)), and zucchini (front):

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Here are the tomatoes [columns left to right]: Fourth of July (front stake), Best Boy (back stake); Bonnie Grape; Indigo Rose (apparently this one is a purple tomato that turns red when it’s ripe!)

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Bonnie Grape:

Bonnie Grape tomatoes

Indigo Rose:

Indigo Rose tomatoes

While Husband planted our new plants, I investigated our daughter’s cherry tomato plant in the pot on our deck.  I was happily surprised to see a little tomato forming on it!

tiny tomato starting on Vivian's cherry tomato plant

 

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