Our Garden 2018

One of my most favorite times of the year is here: gardening time! As per usual, Jimmy and I planted our garden on Memorial Day. This seems to be a safe planting time frost-wise for the Pittsburgh area.

A few days before planting, the garden was weeded, tilled, and compost was added. We then picked out our seedlings, put down landscaping fabric, and planted!

Guy and cocker spaniel puppy outsideGarden with wood and steel fence and landscaping fabric

Here’s what we planted this year:

  • Two “sweet 100” cherry tomato plants
  • One “early girl” tomato plant
  • Five green bean plants
  • Four “yum yum” sweet multicolored bell pepper plants
  • Three “keystone resistant giant” green pepper plants
  • Three green swiss chard plants
  • Three “candy” onion plants
  • Two “aristocrat” zucchini plants
  • One cucumber plant

Remember how I said we were going back and forth on whether or not we would plant a garden this year, and how we ultimately decided to plant one, but smaller? LOL. We went all out. I think we’re just hooked on gardening and can’t help ourselves 🙂

Vegetable garden with steel and wood fence and landscaping fabricVegetable garden with fence and landscaping fabric

We added some bamboo stakes for the green beans and peppers after I took this picture, and will put in tomato cages once the plants mature a little more.

We still haven’t finished our fence from last year, and we have paid for that because some rabbits (we think) have already nibbled on our green beans and swiss chard. Sad! One morning at like 6:00 I saw a rabbit in the garden and ran out in my pajamas like a crazy woman to shoo it out. It worked and the rabbit hopped away 😉

We put down some small animal repellant after we noticed the damage to the green beans and swiss chard in hopes that we don’t fully lose any of our plants. I’ll be sure to post some updates on the garden as the season goes on!

Cocker spaniel puppy in vegetable garden with zucchini plant

This is our second year using landscaping fabric to prevent weeds, and so far so good! If we hadn’t figured out this little trick, we definitely wouldn’t have been able to keep up with weeding and all the other projects we have around the house. Landscaping fabric is truly a game changer and I highly recommend it.

I think that’s all for our first gardening post of 2018. Yay! I can’t wait to start harvesting vegetables.

Do you like to garden?

What’s your favorite vegetable?


Garden Update

It has been almost one month since we planted our garden, so I figured it would be a good idea to write an update on how it’s growing!

Here’s what it looked like on May 29th.

Vegetable garden with fence

Here’s what it looked like today, June 28th.

Vegetable garden

The two plants that have seen the most growth are definitely the cucumber and zucchini, with the tomatoes and swiss chard trailing right behind them.

The eggplant, green peppers, and green beans are all growing well, too!

The first thing we harvested was on June 26th, and it was the outer stems of each swiss chard plant. I chopped and sautéed it, and we had it with our dinner that evening. I’m happy to report it was delicious.

swiss chard plant in gardenSwiss chard in red strainer

We expect to harvest more swiss chard, and then the cucumbers and zucchini will likely be next. The tomatoes are giving them a run for their money, though. The purple tomato plant has a pretty big tomato that just needs to ripen!

Zucchini plants in garden

The zucchini, lookin’ huge.

tomato plants in garden

A look at the purple tomato plant.

Updates of note:

  • Jimmy staked the tomatoes up differently this year. Instead of using a tomato cage, he wove string through and across the plants so they can grow up that instead.
  • We need to stake up the cucumbers before they start getting really big.
  • We need to finish the fence.
  • We’re very happy with the landscaping fabric we put down this year. Our time spent weeding has been cut by like 95%!

Vegetable garden

There you have it, that’s our garden update 🙂

Are you growing a garden this year? How is it doing?