Our Garden 2019: The First Harvest

I have a garden update today! First let’s start off by checking out how things have grown since we planted on Memorial Day. Here’s a look at the garden on planting day.

Vegetable garden with fence

And here’s what it looked like yesterday, June 19th.

Vegetable garden

Vegetable garden

We have definitely seen some growth in the past few weeks! At first, it seemed like everything was growing very slowly. Then Pittsburgh experienced a lot of rain in the past two weeks and everything took off, especially the zucchini, cucumbers, and swiss chard.

The tomatoes and zucchini now have a few blossoms, the eggplant is looking strong (it usually does the worst each year, much to this eggplant lover’s dismay), and the first thing we harvested was swiss chard, just like last year.

Swiss chard

Baby in vegetable garden with swiss chard

My gardening buddy helped me out with inspecting the swiss chard. The strainer tipped all the swiss chard onto Sadie’s lap right after I took this picture and she started flailing her arms and crying. I was like “I know sweetie, your dad does the same thing when he sees swiss chard!” haha. Jimmy isn’t much of a fan of swiss chard ๐Ÿ˜‰

I expect we’ll harvest zucchini next, then cucumbers, and hopefully tomatoes and the rest of the plants. Now that the garden and our yard are fenced, we shouldn’t have too many deer or rabbit visitors. Jimmy was like “If a deer gets into the garden through two fences then it deserves the vegetables!” and I think I agree!

The only update we’ve made to the garden since I last posted was the addition of solar light caps on the four corners posts of the fence. The first picture in this post is a before and the second is an after of that little project. It doesn’t look like it makes a huge difference, but it’s really pretty at night and first thing in the morning!

So, there you have it. The first harvest of the 2019 season! I can’t wait to see what crops up next ๐Ÿ™‚

Past 2019 Garden Posts
Square One
Making Progress
Fencing and Planting



  1. wow! the growth is amazing. I’m so glad you’re involving Sadie so much in all of your gardening you do. She will grow up to appreciate all the hard work when she enjoys fresh vegetables every summer!
    Love you

  2. AH! It looks ah-may-zing!! It is so cool to see things blooming since you have shown us this process from the very beginning. Sadie is such a natural, hard at work and focused! Thatโ€™s so funny about the swiss chard too. Thanks for sharing, Allie ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh wow, it’s already grown so much!! Looks like it’s going to be a great garden this year! Also I love the idea of those solar lights. Lighting can add so much depth and decoration to a yard, I love it — and solar is the perfect way to go!

    1. Aww, thanks Courtney! We just harvested our first zucchini today and I’m so excited to use it! I agree with you on lighting and how nice it can be in a yard!!

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