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April 29th 2010
archived under: Gardening, Home & Garden

So every time I take photos of the garden and then forget to post them, by the time I remember (even 2-3 days later) the garden has changed so much again that I have to take NEW pictures. That happened a couple times, and then this past week it was rainy and gloomy for several days, so pictures wouldn’t really work out… which led me to delay even further. But today was sunny, and I finally got out there and snapped some shots just for you!

Look how much everything has puffed up!

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The first plant I “visited” was my sweet baby zucchini plant. Because I love zucchinis and I’m very excited for the first ones of the season to be ready. Well, I didn’t catch a photo of it but there was a SNAIL on one of the leaves. I was so angry I grabbed it and threw it far away, without stopping to think. But this means WAR. I’ve asked my husband to bring home some beer from his “Navy trip” (because I was pretty sure they had beer lying around). I’m going to set it out in little dishes or bowls or something and drown those suckers. BWAH HAH HAH.

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Because these are MY zucchinis. Ain’t no one taking that from me. I can’t get over how many of them there are, this early in the season! I’m so excited.

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This is my banana pepper plant I think… and something has been EATING it. But what? What kind of bug or pest makes holes like these? Is it the snails or something else, ya think? I need to wage war on whatever that is too, because I want peppers!

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Poor little pepper plant…

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The (green) bell pepper plant is looking really happy and there are little pepper “nubs” starting already. I think it takes about 2 months for them to mature (is that right?), so it’s going to be a while, but I can be patient. They’re coming!

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And my basil is starting to take off too. I know I should probably thin it, but I never do, and it always turns out ok. Eventually the bigger stronger ones will shade the littler weaker ones and kill them off by natural selection, and then they’ll turn into a huge puffball of basil I can’t keep up with. Except that this year I have a dehydrator! You can bet I’m going to be drying some for future use!

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Here’s the other garden bed – not too shabby either, is it?

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After the flowering broccoli fiasco, I’ve kept up with trimming the tiny florets as they start to open, and that has resulted in multiple “branches” with florets growing on them… but they never get very big, and I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be doing something differently or what. Any experienced broccoli farmers out there want to weigh in? I would love some home-grown broccoli, but the little “heads” are so teeny and they start opening before they get big at all… how do I make them make bigger “heads”?

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The little cantaloupe seedling we rescued from Lowe’s has hung in there, and it’s even grown a little bit. It’s so tiny compared to everything else, but hopefully it’ll catch up. For goodness’ sake, it’s only April! We have plenty of time, right?

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The squash plants have a few baby squashes on them too, which I’m thrilled about. I like squash almost as much as I like zucchini, and that’s saying a lot.

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And in non-vegetable news, the rose bush has exploded with flowers. I’m not sure what to do about trimming for shape… it kind of has a Jabba the Hut thing going on right now, looking like a pile of clippings someone threw on the side of the road, that just happens to be flowering. But it sure is a pretty lump of bushiness!

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And I’ve been enjoying roses in vases in the house too… so lovely!

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Isn’t nature amazing? Look at those perfectly swirling petals.

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And they smell amazing too… even though I’m trying not to sniff them too much right now due to allergies, but… they really do smell amazing. It’s hard to resist.

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TealRose (16 comments)

Oh dear .. what happened to your poor rose ?? I am a Brit, and I moved to northern Portugal just 8 months ago. The winter was the wettest in 145 years! And the spring … is a bit slow. However, we have potatoes in tubs and one of them is growing madly – its about 2 feet above the top of the tub! Which makes the whole thing about 4 feet!! Fingers crossed for some great potatoes! And our radishes are HUGE! Bigger than golfballs – but hot and great! I have sown, runner beans, asparagus peas, beetroot, lettuce, swiss chard, pak choi – which is already ready and I only sowed it in March…, 3 types of tomato, aubergines, basil, lime basil, coriander, watercress, parsnips (can't buy those out here ! ), just transplanted my zucchini seedlings – came up in 3 days! – a dark green bush variety and a yellow bush variety, and lemon grass! I have even planted some ginger and it is just sprouting. We are using a raised bed system but not the sq foot system. We have five raised beds. Trouble is .. I am only 5ft … and hubby made them just a tiny bit too wide !! lol!! Just means HE has to reach the weeds in the middle!!

I am really enjoying your blog – good luck to all your gardening!




Northern Monkey Girl (3 comments)

Hey, about the broccoli, it sounds like you have the sprouting broccoli type rather than the calabrese? The calabrese is the one that forms one big head. The sprouting has become more fashionable over here recently, you just take several stalks to make up your dish :)

Also a teeny bit envious at how far your growing season has gone already – I have a few seedlings and that's it!




Dosenberry (17 comments)

Ehh, yea, maybe. She used to grow things like bell pepper, cucumber, tomato, and a few others. Now its just full of flowers. She grows MINT… which I LOVE… but that's it. We will see how this summer goes. But, I am not too concerned since I plan on moving out in June or July.




shannonkay (1 comments)

This post makes me wish I was a “gardening” type. I'm so not. I'd get excited about it for about a week and then they'd all die. Plus I hate dirt. I tried to get a potted dwarf orange tree last year and put it on our porch, and it died.

Couldn't the holes be from caterpillars? They look just like the wholes in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the holes in the leaves that our silk worms made when I was a kid.




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

The rose bush I'm guessing is 2-3 years old… probably put in when the house was built. I can't know for sure though, since we didn't plant it and we don't know the owners… I'm sorry I also don't know the name of it either.

I'm going to have to post an update on the roses – I seriously CRIED. You are going to totally understand how I was feeling too… :(




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

I LOVE flowers but I don't think I'd want to only do flowers… I know some people who mix veggies in with their flowers… maybe you could try to convince her to throw some vegs in.




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

I have 2 squares on the edge of the box for Zucchini, and 2 in the other box for Squash. Last year, we tried to train them to grow vertically (I had read some tutorials / experiences from people who had done that) but it just didn't work out. So this year, we decided to put them on the edge of the boxes and just let them SPILL everywhere… we'll see how it goes!
They're one of my favorites too.




Blair (6 comments)

How many squares are you devoting to your zucchini, and did you get a vine kind or a bush? I'm a gardening neophyte. I couldn't find a vining type so I decided to skip zucchini, but I regret it because they are one of my favorite veggies!




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

The rose bush I'm guessing is 2-3 years old… probably put in when the house was built. I can't know for sure though, since we didn't plant it and we don't know the owners… I'm sorry I also don't know the name of it either.

I'm going to have to post an update on the roses – I seriously CRIED. You are going to totally understand how I was feeling too… :(




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

The rose bush I'm guessing is 2-3 years old… probably put in when the house was built. I can't know for sure though, since we didn't plant it and we don't know the owners… I'm sorry I also don't know the name of it either.

I'm going to have to post an update on the roses – I seriously CRIED. You are going to totally understand how I was feeling too… :(




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

The rose bush I'm guessing is 2-3 years old… probably put in when the house was built. I can't know for sure though, since we didn't plant it and we don't know the owners… I'm sorry I also don't know the name of it either.

I'm going to have to post an update on the roses – I seriously CRIED. You are going to totally understand how I was feeling too… :(




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

I LOVE flowers but I don't think I'd want to only do flowers… I know some people who mix veggies in with their flowers… maybe you could try to convince her to throw some vegs in.




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

I LOVE flowers but I don't think I'd want to only do flowers… I know some people who mix veggies in with their flowers… maybe you could try to convince her to throw some vegs in.




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

I have 2 squares on the edge of the box for Zucchini, and 2 in the other box for Squash. Last year, we tried to train them to grow vertically (I had read some tutorials / experiences from people who had done that) but it just didn't work out. So this year, we decided to put them on the edge of the boxes and just let them SPILL everywhere… we'll see how it goes!
They're one of my favorites too.




Dosenberry (17 comments)

You have NO IDEA how jealous I am of you right now… as you know, I live at home with my parents (sigh) and my mother has too many damn flowers everywhere.

She grows mint and…. FLOWERS! Veggies and fruits are pretty too!

You motivate me to continue to work hard so I can have a garden like yours… or, better then yours ;)

Keep the photos coming! I enjoy looking at them.




Mamatha (68 comments)

Emily, seeing your garden makes me so want to go de-weed my garden patch. Maybe this weekend. Everything looks wonderful, especially the rose plants. Is that an old, mature plant? We planted one in our front yard last year but the blooms look so limp. Do you know the name of this variety?




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

I'm sure yours will grow! I have a hard time squishing stuff like caterpillars too… they just seem so … juicy. haha.




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

Oh I know, don't they look amazing? I want to stuff some with like… riccotta and pine nuts and garlic and dip it in pesto or something. mmm.




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

Let me know if you figure out the broccoli thing! haha. It definitely is growing like crazy out here… I feel lucky to be here this year!




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

I've been really lucky to live in areas where “last frost” is pretty early… but planting in May will still get you lots of goodies before it gets cold again! No worries! :)




Jessica (1 comments)

Looking at you garden pictures makes me want my garden so badly. I'm holding off until after my sister's wedding in May to plant though. Which is when “the last frost” is anyway.




Erin (10 comments)

You should try cooking the squash flowers too!




Katie L. (17 comments)

If it was snails or slugs eating your plant, you'll see their slime trail. Maybe caterpillars?




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

I'm sure yours will grow! I have a hard time squishing stuff like caterpillars too… they just seem so … juicy. haha.




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

I'm sure yours will grow! I have a hard time squishing stuff like caterpillars too… they just seem so … juicy. haha.




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

I'm sure yours will grow! I have a hard time squishing stuff like caterpillars too… they just seem so … juicy. haha.




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

Oh I know, don't they look amazing? I want to stuff some with like… riccotta and pine nuts and garlic and dip it in pesto or something. mmm.




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

Oh I know, don't they look amazing? I want to stuff some with like… riccotta and pine nuts and garlic and dip it in pesto or something. mmm.




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

Let me know if you figure out the broccoli thing! haha. It definitely is growing like crazy out here… I feel lucky to be here this year!




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

You know, I always think about it but never do it because I want the zucchinis! If I pluck the flowers, will zucchinis still grow there?




JoyfulAbode (953 comments)

I haven't seen any caterpillars… do they leave any other signs?




Hannah_at_boundtoearth (17 comments)

I had that exact same problem with my broccoli last year. I thought the “heads” would get bigger, but then all of the sudden they exploded into little flowers and I didn't get to use anything :( We have a ton of broccoli this year (courtesy of Lowe's thankyouverymuch), so hopefully we'll figure it out?? I'm so jealous that everything is growing like crazy already out west!!




fitSpirit (4 comments)

oh and I just watched a show with them cooking deep fried stuffed zucchini flowers…I'm sure I can convert into a healthier version *drool*




fitSpirit (4 comments)

I have garden envy! I only wish for mine to grow as lush as yours. I just posted about it, like I was telling you. I had a caterpillar dilemma yesterday, the first one I've found and I didn't want to squish him – oh what to do?






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