How Does Your Garden Grow?

I spent some time early this morning weeding and thinning the greens in my garden.  As I was weeding, I was struck by how new the garden felt. I plant many of the same things each year, and you would think the garden would be the same old, same old, year in, and year out.  Somehow it’s not. How is that?

Each year I watch the new seedlings begin to pop out of the ground and grow.  As they begin to reach their full size, I suddenly have the urge to start showing everyone their progress.  I feel like I’ve somehow achieved some sort of greatness.  It’s just plain weird.

The greens in my salad spinner above (from left to right) are Summer Perfection spinach (very heat tolerant), Petite Rouge lettuce (baby red romaine), Italian Arugula, and Tom Thumb lettuce (grows into tiny cabbage like heads). The lettuces are heirloom varieties from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Needless to say, my family will be having a large colorful salad with dinner this evening.

I’m also very excited that I will be able to pick peas shortly.  My Oregon Sugar Pod snow peas began blooming a couple of days ago.

I would love to show you my whole garden, but realize that it would be overkill, and this is meant to be a short post. I’ll just be happy with showing you the little Chelsea Prize English cucumber seedlings coming up among the volunteer dill plants.  What a perfect pairing! So tell me, how does your garden grow?

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2 Responses to How Does Your Garden Grow?

  1. Your pictures are gorgeous! I try to achieve that, but can’t seem to get it quite right.

    With the hot weather we’ve had off and on, my salad greens bolted quickly – long before I was ready to be done with them. Now I’m afraid my sugar snap peas won’t produce as they should. The same for my bell peppers. Meanwhile, I swear the garlic will be ready to harvest by the end of the month. My squash vines had a late start, but they seem to be greening up and doing nicely. I expect them to take off soon.

    I’ve got lots of things that are new to me this year, but alas, I can already see that this may be a wicked summer of storms and sturdier staking may be necessary. Are you guys getting the storms like we are in Hamilton County?

  2. Rebekah says:

    We did have quite a bit of storming last month, but I’m far enough north that I haven’t really had much heat until this week. Because I garden in raised beds, I was able to start planting weeks earlier than most area gardeners. Also, I plant a little here, and a little there, succession planting so that I have a steady supply. I’ve been know to plant lettuce in the shade of the tomato plants during high summer.

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