Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A growing garden

One of the fun things about our new home is that we have our own garden (or half a garden, since we share it with the tenant upstairs). We chose a variety of fruits and vegetables to plant -- bell peppers, broccoli, cucumbers, strawberries, a few different types of tomatoes, and zucchini -- as well as a few perennials.

The front half is our garden. The two small tomato plants on the left were late additions -- my sister brought them home from work -- and they replaced the strawberries, which were decimated by the hard June rain and/or the vast multitude of rabbits that live in our neighborhood. (We don't mind much; they need to eat, too. And they're so cute!) The empty space in the middle left (near the rhubarb) was the broccoli; that was definitely eaten. There are two of four stalks left, but as soon as the leaves grow back, they become a critter's lunch. We also tried planting some seeds in the pots -- marigolds, oregano and basil -- but no luck; I think the seeds were too old.

A few of my first tomatoes! This plant was a
variety called Early Girl , so it seems
appropriate that it has the first tomatoes.
Blooms starting to come out on the bell pepper.

This is one of the perennials, called Bee Balm.
We planted two zucchini plants. I never knew
they had such beautiful yellow flowers.

Our cucumber plant seems to be on a mission to take over the whole garden. It's in the middle in the first picture above, but in the week since I took these picture, it's spread even more, curly tendrils reaching in all directions.

I can't wait until we have our first harvest. Thanks for stopping by!

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