Thursday, June 11, 2009

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Well the second year of the vegetable garden is well on it's way. We planted some beans that were saved from last year (we'll see which varieties they are as I couldn't remember and the color was out of the dried pods - hopefully a few purples were in there). New this year we added sugar snap peas. I hope they turn out as I LOVE snap peas and hope that will convince Monkey to eat them if he can just pick them off the vine.

Three different tomatoes (of course I don't remember what they are but I picked some with shorter growing days so we will hopefully get a few this year - update: "Sweet Baby Girl" cherry tomato, "Dona" Salad tomato - French Market hybrid - medium sized" and "Yellow Perfection" salad tomato - 3" yellow. All are 75 days. So far in this heat they are very happy - crossing fingers). They are all from Langley Farms on Vashon (just up the street from Kingfisher Cabin) but bought at Swanson's Nursery.

In addition, we planted some yellow zuchinni - different variety than last year. We'll see how it goes over.

To top it off I got a teensy arugula start from a neighbor and planted my "Great Sunflower Project" sunflowers (a little late but they've sprouted). Hopefully, I'll get to count me some bees this year - last year nothing came up.

We also have a few strawberry volunteers that wintered over and spread themselves around - and the alpine strawberries made it too. I was surprised since we lost so many other plants in the big freeze. They are starting to ripen and hopefully we'll get to them before the slugs and bugs! I used some of Monkey's blocks to hold them off the ground - it's working!

I can't wait for everything to take off like it did last year and it will be fun to make this right out of the garden.

What are you growing?? Any tips for snails?


ksjjpalmer said...

Looking good! Jacob tours our garden a minimum of twice a day. He IS eating the snap peas off of the vine (won't eat them from a market though). Fickle, fickle children!

sproutsinthekitchen said...

Thanks for the zucchini plant! It was looking a little straggly today, but hopefully it'll pull through.
you labeling me now? ;)

Natalie said...

I harvest four (whoo) snap peas today from our garden. Any popping up for you yet?

Monkey's Mama said...

We've got flowers - but no peas yet!

Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

I'd love to see an update post on your garden. For us it's only the first year. I can't find time to post about it. My kid is excited about it and wants us to have more beds but he's not interested in helping out OR eating any green stuff... So, I guess we'll keep it the same way for now. Maybe add more fruits next year. Our strawberries stopped growing :(

Monkey's Mama said...

I will definitely post an update soon! It's growing like gangbusters and I'm hoping there will be snap peas left once we're back from vacation. Monkey got to harvest the first one right before we left!