I've been meaning to write about my garden for quite some time. It's my first garden that's in the ground. Or, almost in the ground, I suppose. It's in an 8x4 raised bed that I built myself in the backyard of the house we bought in April. I started on the garden space before we even moved into the house - dug out sod, hauled home dirt and bark and supplies, and put it together as the inside of the house was being painted in preparation for our move.
Here's a picture recap of the progression over the past couple of months:
The garden is in full swing. It's been a little neglected, since I've been traveling for pretty much the past month straight. Here's what's been planted and how it's going so far:
Golden Midget Watermelon: I didn't realize the seeds were supposed to be planted in a hill, so they were off to a slow start, but seem to be growing (little by little).
Lemon Cucumber: Don't seem very happy. Again, not planting the seeds into a mound of dirt might be the issue...
Roma Grape Tomato: Growing like crazy. It's covered with little green tomatoes, that should start to turn red soon.
Swiss Chard: Something (slugs?) has been eating my chard. JR's dad had a good idea for an organic solution that I'm going to try.
Pak Choy: It was up one day, and bolted the next. I didn't get a chance to try it before going out of town, but JR ensures me that he ate some of it before pulling the rest up.
Carrots: I've been thinning them daily and eating the little baby ones as I do. You'll have a hard time convincing me that there is anything better than a fresh carrot from the garden.
Strawberries: I got a couple red, luscious berries from the plant in early June, but haven't seen much action from it since then. I need to consult my gardening book (or my mother).
Rouge D'Hiver Lettuce: According to the back of the seed pack, this is a read romaine heirloom variety from France. It's growing like crazy and has been the basis of many salads as of late.
This weekend, I will spend some long overdue time with my garden. The cucs (and possibly the watermelon) will probably go. Which means I'll have some free space for a few new little plants. Stay tuned to see what else will take root in my garden this year!