It’s been another busy week of travel for me this week, so unfortunately, I don’t have a recipe for you today. However, I’m happy to come to you with some photo updates from my new vegetable garden.
Recall when I committed to doing this little thing I told you I have a black thumb, maybe two. So I was a bit terrified of how long (or short) my vegetable garden would actually last. But guess what? It’s been several weeks and it’s still alive–and thriving, I might add. I’m insufferably pleased with myself and wanted to share some photos with all of you so that you know what you can expect in the way of recipes this summer once harvesting season begins.
Here’s what’s been planted:
- Tomatoes (Roma and Sweet 100)
- Green Beans
- Lettuce (lots and lots of butter lettuce since I eat salad for lunch almost every day)
- Peppers (Bell, Thai Red, and Habanero…just for fun and because I love when things are so spicy that it makes you want to cry–it’s such a rush!)
- Green onions
- Okra (in honor of my Southern roots!)
Bourré took off his sous chef hat for a bit to become my new garden assistant. He had fun for the first few hours, eagerly sniffing everything I laid in the ground. But eventually he tired of the heat and decided he’d rather chill inside where it’s a bit cooler.
But he didn’t miss a second of the action, posting up with his face in the open window overlooking my garden, right in between my camera and my trusty Sonos system, which was happily blurting out some classic American Southern Rock on my Pandora station…highly recommend it (+ an ice cold Pilsner) for gardening activities! It just feels so right somehow. When it was all said and done, he cuddled up on the sofa with his dad…this is how we snuggle in this household! LOL
Now, for the serious things. I don’t know if any of you are gardeners, but now that things are sprouting, rapidly I might add, I need some help. If anyone knows the answers to the following, please let me know in the comments!
- You can tell in the above photo of my carrots that they seem pretty close together. Should I uproot them and re-plant them further apart to give them some room to grow?
- When it comes to tomatoes and peppers, I’ve heard that plucking the flowers that blossom early can help the plant grow stronger, yielding a greater number of fruits/veggies over the growing season. Does anyone have thoughts on this? I’ve gotten conflicting advice so would love your opinion.
- Sometimes the lettuce leaves get a little brown on the outside–is that normal? Should I trim the brownish ones off? Water more (or less?)
Thanks in advance!