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Garden Update: At Least I Didn’t Kill Anything Else

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I am hesitant to say this, but my garden is growing relatively well.  I planted several seeds early last week, and some are already blooming.  The spaghetti squash seeds?  Not yet, but I’m hoping!  Nothing has died in the past week, and everything seems to be growing as it should.  Good news, right?

 

Here are some pictures, so you can see my garden’s progress.

 

Garlic!  I planted some garlic a couple of weeks ago, and it is sprouting!  I think I was supposed to plant it in the fall, so it may not do well when it gets hot.  We will see.  I only spent 50 cents on 5 bulbs to plant, so if I get a couple of heads of garlic out of it, I will consider that a success.

Garlic – I planted some garlic a couple of weeks ago, and it is sprouting! I think I was supposed to plant it in the fall, so it may not do well when it gets hot. We will see. I only spent 50 cents on 5 bulbs to plant, so if I get a couple of heads of garlic out of it, I will consider that a success.

 

Zucchini Squash - Flowers are getting ready to bloom, and I hope the bees come to pollinate them.  I planted some lavender pretty close to this plant, and the bees seemed to LOVE the lavender at the garden center.  If the bees do not come, I will try hand pollinating.

Zucchini Squash – Flowers are getting ready to bloom, and I hope the bees come to pollinate them. I planted some lavender pretty close to this plant, and the bees seemed to LOVE the lavender at the garden center. If the bees do not come, I will try hand pollinating.

 

Eggplant - My cage and mesh seem to have worked, because my eggplant plant is growing new leaves.  Hopefully it will blossom soon.

Eggplant – My cage and mesh seem to have worked, because my eggplant plant is growing new leaves. Hopefully it will blossom soon.

 

One of my tomato plants has two little tomatoes on it and several flowers.  My heirloom cherry tomato plant has quite a few flowers, which I hope will develop into delicious cherry tomatoes.  My third tomato plant was put into the ground a couple of weeks after the first two.  While it's growing well, I don't see any flowers yet.

Tomatoes – One of my tomato plants has two little tomatoes on it and several flowers. My heirloom cherry tomato plant has quite a few flowers, which I hope will develop into delicious cherry tomatoes. My third tomato plant was put into the ground a couple of weeks after the first two. While it’s growing well, I don’t see any flowers yet.

 

My orange tree has dropped some of the tiny oranges, but that's a good thing.  I may still have to thin the fruit later (remove some of it), but I'm going to wait and see what mother nature does first.

Orange Tree – My orange tree has dropped some of the tiny oranges, but that’s a good thing. I may still have to thin the fruit later (remove some of it), but I’m going to wait and see what mother nature does first.

 

Onions - My onions are growing so well!  I will have a ton when they are ready to harvest.  I think I will try dehydrating some for longer term storage.  But let's not put the cart ahead of the horse.  They've only been in the ground for about a month, so we'll see how many I have at the end of the growing season.

Onions – My onions are growing so well! I will have a ton when they are ready to harvest. I think I will try dehydrating some for longer term storage. But let’s not put the cart ahead of the horse. They’ve only been in the ground for about a month, so we’ll see how many I have at the end of the growing season.

 

Spinach - My spinach seeds are growing with the tiny plants starting to peek out of the ground.  I really enjoyed my small harvest of spinach last year.  Hopefully, it will be at least as good this year.

Spinach – My spinach seeds are growing with the tiny plants starting to peek out of the ground. I really enjoyed my small harvest of spinach last year. Hopefully, it will be at least as good this year.

 

Radishes - The seed packet said these grow quickly (20-30 days), and I believe it.  Look at the size of those plants already!  I planted them the same time as the spinach seeds.

Radishes – The seed packet said these grow quickly (20-30 days), and I believe it. Look at the size of those plants already! I planted them the same time as the spinach seeds.

 

Peach Tree - I thinned the fruit as recommended by fruit tree experts.  Hopefully, this will allow my little tree to produce beautiful, large, juicy peaches.

Peach Tree – I thinned the fruit as recommended by fruit tree experts. Hopefully, this will allow my little tree to produce beautiful, large, juicy peaches.

 

These are the peaches I pulled off the tree.  Not sure what to do with them (other than possibly composting them).  Anyone have any suggestions?

These are the peaches I pulled off the tree. Not sure what to do with them (other than possibly composting them). Anyone have any suggestions?

 

Pepper Plants - These are plants I planted last year that survived with winter.  My friend, Jennette, suggested that I trim off the dead portions and see if they produce peppers.  This one has a tiny bit of growth, but not much.

Pepper Plants – These are plants I planted last year that survived with winter. My friend, Jennette, suggested that I trim off the dead portions and see if they produce peppers. This one has a tiny bit of growth, but not much.

 

This one is doing better.  It has more new growth.

This one is doing better. It has more new growth.

 

This one is doing great!  It has several flowers on the top and the bottom and one tiny pepper growing already!

This one is doing great! It has several flowers on the top and the bottom and one tiny pepper growing already!

 

That’s not everything in my garden, because I didn’t want to bore you with a couple dozen more pictures of plants.  I am super happy that my garden is doing well so far and that I haven’t managed to kill anything else (yet).  I’ll keep you posted throughout the year and let you know what comes of these plants.

 

How about you?  Did you plant (or are you going to plant) a garden this year?

If so, what plants will you grow?

If not, what’s stopping you?

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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, http://forayintofoodstorage.com. Have a question about Food Storage? Email me: forayintofoodstorage@gmail.com.

23 thoughts on “Garden Update: At Least I Didn’t Kill Anything Else

  1. Awww!! They are so lovely!!!

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  2. See….I’m actually really jealous of your garden. Where I live it is not space-economical for growing a garden. I would kill and probably give my left foot to get my hands on homegrown peaches & tomatoes, haha. I would probably make a ton of homemade pasta sauce and canned peach preserves!

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  3. so far ahead of us it’s hard to look at lol. I have many seeds started but can’t think about putting them in the ground for a few more weeks. Last night we had a frost and tonight will be chilly again. Oh well soon enough, but for now I will enjoy your pictures!!

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  4. I ditto what Chase & Chance’s Mom just said. I’m so envious of your warm weather and gorgeous garden, Laurie. We’re still at risk of freezing overnight here, as well. Our daffodils are blooming and tulips look like they will bloom soon, but all the trees are still brown and barren. 😦

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    • Our daffodils bloomed about a month and a half ago. I must say, this is one of the things I love about living in Southern California: a long growing season. Of course, when it’s 100+ degrees, I might not be singing the same tune. 🙂

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  5. You should really be proud of yourself! I don’t have a garden but I try to grow from my balcony… as a beginner I have managed to “squeeze” out a few things but nothing major 🙂
    I look at your photos & they are a breath of fresh air. Keep it up!

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  6. Yay congrats! Looking good!

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  7. Your site is useful. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. It appears to me that you have it under control presently. All you need now is for the weather to behave.

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  9. Laurie. Great job on the veggies. Watch out for earwigs and snails for your spinach and radish shoots. They love those.

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  10. I would LOVE to be able to maintain a vegetable AND flower garden, but alas, I am best at growing weeds.

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  11. Omg your garden is looking great! We haven’t even planted anything yet, because we still had below freezing weather last week. And now it’s warm, but keeps raining! We can’t catch a break! But we are in the process of purchasing land and will have fruit trees and guineas and goats on it. Yay for apples and goat milk!

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  12. Well done! Always a skill I never acquired. 😦 I was a natural born plant killer just by going near flowers or vegetables, according to my wife. Now cannot go anywhere near anything green or plant like without being chock full of anti-histamines. But do like viewing the results

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  13. Your garden is beautiful!

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  14. I’m proud of you for making such progress, Laurel. I am really behind this year, and I’m blaming it on our weird weather here in Central California. We had a stretch of 90 degree days back in March when I should have been preparing my garden beds, and I kind of lost my momentum. I did get one heirloom tomato planted because it was given to me and I didn’t want to kill it, but I have seed packets of snow peas, sweet peas (way too late for them now), Black Beauty Zucchini, Patty Pan Summer Squash, and Little Finger baby carrots. We have had rain today, so by Sunday the ground should be soft but not soggy, so I hope to get the weeds hoed out and get some of my veggies planted. My granddaughters will actually eat veggies if they have helped grow them! Good luck with your garden this year. – Fawn

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  15. I planted six pepper plants. One got blown over by the wind and its stem snapped. I was really sad.

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  16. Well done! My veggie garden has been a complete flop – everything is dead save the basil. My herbs are doing better, but….

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  17. Your tomatoes look really healthy. I think those overwintered pepper plants will do well for you. I had some that survived the mild winter of 2012-2013 and they produced early and often. I wish I had some survivors this year!

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  18. Wow! I’m planting also, but it’s so cold here in Norway that your garden looks like heaven to me!

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