Saturday, July 27, 2013

Garden Progress

 Our garden is really coming along nicely. Here is how loaded our Serrano Pepper plant looked this morning before Elizabeth picked the peppers.
Here is how one of the Jalapeno Pepper plants looked before I started picking peppers this morning. It's hard to see them but the plant is loaded.
 We have several bell pepper plants; these should make colored peppers.
 And I'm not sure but I believe this pepper will be black. If it's what I remember we will be using it to make enchiladas sauce.
 The mice dug up all but one row of the green beans when I first planted them. To keep this from happening a second time Elizabeth and I planted the second batch in plastic planters and then transplanted them once the plants were established.
We have sweet peas growing, my plan to use the fence as a trellis isn't working; so far the plants keep attaching themselves to the tomatoes and weeds.  
 Our tomato plants are tall and bushy and oh so heavy. After a windstorm earlier this summer the plants all fell over; to solve this problem I wired the tomato cages to the fence.
My cucumbers are growing and spreading everywhere. I have noticed they are now growing outside the fence; guess the rabbits will soon find this and begin feasting on the cucumbers once they start growing.
 I plan to freeze this first picking of Jalapeno Peppers so I can use them in homemade salsa once we start getting an abundance of tomatoes.
 I'm not sure if I'll be freezing the Serrano Peppers or giving them to a friend who loves this variety of pepper. I have a feeling these are going to be a little too spicy for us.
 While searching for worms on the tomato plants we spotted two tomatoes hidden deep in the middle. I'm so anxious to cut into these later today.
 It shouldn't be long before we will be harvesting cucumbers; I love how cute they are in the beginning.
 Today's's amazing how colorful fresh garden produce can be.
I hope to start planning our fall garden soon; carrots, broccoli, cabbage and lettuce are some of what I would like to grow next.


Rachel E. said...

Jealous! It all looks wonderful! :D

Helen Ruth said...

Wow! Nice bounty! We LOVE Serrano peppers! I have some growing too, as well as Habanerao, and Red Cayenne. I won't eat any of it, except for the Serrano. My cucumbers are at the same stage as yours, but your tomatoes are doing better than mine. Mine are TALL and bushy, just haven't produced any tomatoes yet. Could be the variety I'm using and they're not too thrilled with the heat. Like you, I'm looking forward to the fall garden when EVERYTHING will do so much better! Good job on the garden!

Angi Schneider said...

Your garden looks great! Ours is just about done for a while. I'm putting in soaker hoses so I'm hoping that will help us next year. I really have a hard time keeping up with the watering.

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