Garden

2018 Garden Update I

I have our first official garden update of the season! We planted on May 28th and I took some pictures on June 18th, exactly three weeks later.

Here’s what the garden looked like on the day we planted.

Vegetable garden with steel and wood fence and landscaping fabric

And here’s what it looks like three weeks later!

Just from looking at these pictures, I think the tomatoes (the plants closest to the bottom of the picture) have seen the most growth. The cucumber and zucchini plants are also taking off as well. They’re at the top of the picture, in the back of the garden.

We haven’t harvested anything yet, but are probably getting close to having a cucumber or zucchini will pop up seemingly overnight, as they tend to do!

Zucchini blossom in vegetable garden

As you can see above, the zucchini is starting to grow! The “stem” of the flower in the photo is actually the zucchini. All of the buds on the plant (the little oval green things near the blossom) will turn into flowers and grow into zucchini as well!

We also have some cherry tomatoes coming in and they are so fragrant. I love walking up to the garden and just sniffing the tomatoes. I’m sure our neighbors think I’m a little weird 😉

Cherry tomatoes on vine that are unripe and ripening in vegetable gardenSwiss chard growing in vegetable garden

The above photo is the swiss chard. It’s still a little small, and if I pick it, I’d consider it baby swiss chard. Baby swiss chard is sweeter and a lot less bitter than full-grown chard, so I just might have to harvest some this week!

We also have some mini peppers coming in. They’re the multicolored variety, so we’re just waiting for them to turn from green to either orange, red, purple, or yellow.

Mini bell pepper ripening in vegetable garden

Other notes

I think that’s everything for the first garden update of the season. We are so excited to start harvesting some vegetables soon!

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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?