Sunday, June 7, 2009

Gardening Monday is Back

Technically this is sunday. But I wont have time to do this tomorrow, so although it is gardening monday, I am posting it a day early and calling it monday...

Yay. I love to garden and I have missed it this entire winter.

But it is back. A few weeks ago Charles and I planted everything and have been working hard.We tested our soil (average pH where it needs to be, but SORELY lacking in Nitrogen and a few other elements you test for. So we had to get some special compost and fertilizer to help the garden soil get back to normal.)

This year we cut out the squash. We have had nothing but trouble with them. We would get one or two and then the plant would die and we just couldnt figure it out. So although I love summer squash and zucchini, it just wasnt worth the heartache. I would see these plants grow all big and beautiful and be full of flowers and get a dinky fruit here and there. Or they would start to grow and then the fruit for some reason would just mush up and die and fall off.

We decided to only plant jalapenos this year. Last year we planted jalapenos, anaheims and poblanos and had so many peppers that many went to waste.
So this year our garden consists of the following:

  • sweet 100 cherry tomatoes(really sweet round red cherry tomatoes)
  • yellow cherry tomatoes(sweet yellow cherry tomatoes)
  • roma tomatoes(perfect for bruschetta)
  • Juliet grape tomatoes(perfect for salads and snacking. SUPER SWEET)
  • celebrity tomatoes(larger red slicing tomato)
  • Texas white Sweet onions
  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans
  • Jalapenos
  • Basil
  • Blueberries(we bought two bushes, but wont see anything for at least 2 years)

I LOVE tomatoes.(can you tell, 1/3 of our garden is tomatoes.) I make salsa by the gallon practically. And believe it or not the sweet 100s and grape tomatoes grow like crazy and make a fantastic salsa. Just mix them in with the other tomatoes of your choosing.

But this morning I went out and took pictures of everything and made this little montage of the plants.

I also included a picture of the honeysuckle along the back fence, just because I like it(top center)

so yay to gardening, yay to perfect garden weather and the lots of rain we have gotten!

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