First, this, because oh my goodness how were they ever that small? This is Iggy and his buddy Johnny, who makes a cameo in the previous post. This was almost exactly a year ago. Can I go cry now? Ok.
Two weeks ago Ian and I gathered our supplies, and set up our first garden. I watched this video about 3,000 times:
We used a 2x10x8 and a 2x10x8, had each of them cut in half and built a 4x6 foot garden. The hardest part of it all was digging up the grass. Fortunately, Ian's family loves Iggy and we were able to drop him off there for the day. I got a nice base tan and a garden, so I'm pretty happy with how that day went.
It took a few tries, and Ian didn't complain because he's a really kind person, but we finally got the garden level. We added a few posts to secure chicken wire around the box, and I made a weak looking bamboo/twine structure for our plants to climb up. I think that will need to be reinforced at some point.
And we planted things! Here's what's in the garden this year:
- Beef steak tomato
- Incas hybrid tomato
- Sweetie tomato
- Yellow pear tomato
- Red zebra tomato
- Green zebra tomato
- Tequila sunrise peppers
- Serrano peppers
- Jalapeño peppers
- Cayenne peppers
- Sugar snap peas
- Green cucumbers
- Lemon Cucumbers
- Summer Squash
- Sweet Basil
- Genovese Basil
I'm most excited about the zebra tomatoes and lemon cucumbers. Ian brought home a lemon cucumber from the farmers market a summer or two ago and I was weirded out by it. He liked it though, and I gave it a try. It's yellow and round like a lemon, and has a slight lemon flavor. You can just slice it and eat it. Though, I will probably drown it in lime juice and sprinkle salt and chili powder on it like I do to all my other fruits and veggies.
Here are some action shots because who doesn't love watching plants grow?
|Sugar snap peas. I think I planted too many.|
|I started these inside so they are already giving lots of goodies to us.|
|Imma eat you|
|One of the basil plants|
|Yellow cucumbers. Again with the over planting. I might need to thin these guys out.|
|A cucumber close up|
If you care to take a look, I have an unrealistic gardening board on Pinterest. Click here.