Photos From Our Garden

Here are a few photos from our garden for your Sunday viewing pleasure…

We’ve harvested 10 yellow squash and 6 striped zucchinis so far from just 4 plants. This was our first time to try the striped zucchini. It’s a fun plant because the fruit can grow super long really quick. They taste the same as the regular zucchini – delicious! We planted 2 more of each about a month ago and those plants are now starting to bloom.

We are growing Kirby cucumbers (pickling cukes) up a trellis this year. So far, that has been really successful and we’re getting 4-5 cucumbers a day. We’ve already had enough to make a quart of refrigerator dills (garlic cilantro dills, to be exact). They are yummy!

We tried Ox Heart carrots this year. They are short and fat little carrots. I think they were supposed to be a bit bigger but summer came on full force and the heat didn’t help them much. Same for the “pencil” onions. We ate them anyway. 🙂 And our potatoes that we grew in bags – well, they produced about 8 pounds of white and purple potatoes. Though the bags worked great, I think next time we may try putting them in a raised bed.

The Minibel tomatoes are doing terrific on the new patio. We’re getting a handful from each plant every day now. These are meaty little tomatoes that taste great when roasted with squash. We are also growing Blueberry Tomatoes, which are tart and juicy, and a volunteer tomato that looks and tastes a lot like a San Marzano (though I have no idea where that seed came from!) We also have an entire row of Bonny, Beef Steak, and Cherokee Purple tomatoes that we keep forgetting to take photos of.

Speaking of volunteer plants, I think we have a pumpkin growing in the raised bed. It certainly looks like pumpkin leaves, but I’m no expert. Last year, we grew a cantaloupe that we thought was a cucumber. I do know that the tiny plant in the red bucket is ginger. We found a YouTube video from Epic Gardening on how to sprout ginger, so we’re going to see what happens. We harvested our cabbage on Friday. Of the 6 heads we planted, 4 made it to maturity. We’re pretty happy with that.

And the blackberries! This is our 4th season with these plants (from Baker Creek) and I think this is going to be the best one yet! The canes are loaded, and if you look closely, you’ll see they are now leaning over the cucumber trellis.

Our green beans did not do well so we pulled them up and replanted the space with cowpeas. We always have great success with these peas. We also have 7 okra plants bordered by a ring of chamomile. We’ve harvested about a cup of flowers so far to try making tea at some point.

How’s your garden growing this year? Any odd volunteer plants show up out of nowhere? What has been your greatest success so far?