Gardening

Our Garden 2019: Harvesting Almost Everything

I’m here with a garden update! Here’s how the garden looked on the day we planted.

Vegetable garden with fence

And here’s what it looks like now.

Vegetable garden inside fence

Needless to say, we’ve seen a lot of growth! We have harvested everything except eggplant and some of the bell pepper plants. They have a little more ripening to do, but the eggplant is looking great!

Eggplant growing in vegetable garden

I’ve really been enjoying cooking with our tomatoes, jalapeños, rosemary, swiss chard, and zucchini. In fact, I just pulled a roasted pork loin out of the oven that was marinated in balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, rosemary, and jalapeños.

We’ve been trying to eat all the cucumbers, but we can’t keep up with them! I brought a box to church to share and thankfully they were all gone by the time we left 🙂

Too many cucumbers from garden

While the cucumbers, zucchini, and swiss chard have been producing for a month or so now, we’re just starting to enjoy the rest of the veggies.

It’s fun to go out to the garden each day with Sadie and Jimmy and see what’s new! It’s crazy how the vegetables seem to crop up overnight.

Garden harvest of jalapenos, cucumbers, zucchini, swiss chard, rosemary, and green bell pepperVegetable garden harvest

So, that’s where we’re at with the garden right now! Neck deep in cucumbers and loving every minute of it 🙂

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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 😉

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 🙂

Past 2019 Garden Posts
Square One
Making Progress
Fencing and Planting