The garden has really taken off in the past few weeks, even though we've been pretty much ignoring it except to water every other evening. We've got tons of tomatoes growing, though they're still small, at least five little watermelons, several bell peppers, some swiss chard, and a ton of cucumbers. We're still waiting on the carrots and the string beans, though we're not expecting many since most of the bean seeds didn't even sprout.
Baby cucumber and some marigolds finally coming up (under the cucumber plants...naturally.)
String bean row and fetus.
Carrots, coming along nicely.
On a bike ride with the DBS last week, I found these four seedlings just hanging out in their plastic container in the middle of nowhere, so I stuck them in my basket and planted them the next morning. My dad thinks they're either brussels sprouts or broccoli.
Brussels sprout (maybe.)
Row of bell pepper plants.
Swiss chard. I thought they'd have pink stems, but they don't. Hm.
Tomatoes galore. Still unripe.
Marigolds, pansies, and zinnias we planted (late) around the birch tree in the front yard.
The wild mint that grows along the house foundation. Great for mojitos and mint juleps.
Even the cilantro is doing better. Not great, but better.
We also got the pond filled (finally) and a new pump for the waterfall. I put a couple of water plants in, a water hibiscus, which you can see floating on the left in front of the bench, and some water grasses. Now we just need some fish!
The pond (and strawberry patch, which we neglected to mow and thin this year).
Also, last weekend we got our first harvest from the garden. Four large cucumbers, one medium-small green pepper, and several large leaves of swiss chard, which, sadly, cooked down to roughly a cup. A delicious cup, though. I don't know many recipes involving swiss chard, but I like it sauteed with a bit of olive oil and lemon pepper.
First harvest! With keys for size reference.
This second harvest came a few days ago, and we picked four more cucumbers today! We're going to have to start giving some to the neighbors.