Saturday, June 14, 2008

Vegetables Are Appearing: 2008 Garden Update #6

Baby tomatoI've been ignoring the garden for more than a week now while I've been busy attending my nieces wedding, lunching with food bloggers in San Diego, and having an early Father's Day dinner while Rand was in town. Luckily my garden seem to be thriving without me. This photo shows the first tomato of the year, barely resting on the metal cage. I'm always excited by the first tomato, and when I went out to take photos late yesterday, I found a lot of other baby veggies starting to appear.

Last night I had a salad with perfect baby leaves of arugula, spinach, and romaine lettuce, simply dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It was just delicious! My bed of greens has a few empty spots, so I planted more seeds last night.

Immediately after I saw this photo I went out to the garden and snipped off the weathered leaves at the bottom of this eggplant plant, but I'm happy to see new darker green leaves are emerging and the plant seems healthy.

I have both sweet bell peppers and poblano peppers, and this is a tiny pepper emerging on one of the bell pepper plants.

A few years ago I discovered the round type of zucchini that's called 8-Ball Squash, and I love to use those to make Grilled Zucchini. This plant has two small squashes, which should be ready to eat in about a week.

It's pale, but if you look on the left side of the photo there's also a tiny little baby zucchini appearing on my other plant. This year I managed to restrain myself and only planted three types of summer squash.

There are also a few flowers around here, and they're starting to bloom. This is Blanket Flower, a low-water perennial that grows well in Utah. Sometime in the next week I'm hoping to get the garden thoroughly weeded so I can finally get mulch around the beds and plants, so I've got a lot of work to do. What's growing in the garden where you live?

You can see all the progress of this year's garden by clicking the label 2008 Garden Updates.
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12 comments:

  1. Wow! I am so jealous (in a good way). I haven't done anything to my patio - no flowers, no herbs - nothin'! :( I am going to have to come out and do some picking. hee hee.

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  2. 8-ball zucchini sounds wonderful for grilling!
    I'm totally a nut on plants in the garden and check constantly for growth. I've had the same experience taking photos and then when you look at them see what you didn't looking at the plant. What we "see" can be interesting for sure.
    The flowers are lovely. Your raised beds would be a joy.

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  3. Chris, come to Salt Lake! I do have a pretty nice sofa-bed!

    Tanna, absolutely am in gardening heaven with the raised beds. I was over-the-moon excited to be actually eating greens from my garden. Before I never had any luck with seeds, too many rocks. The garden arugula was especially delicious, not bitter at all!

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  4. That's so exciting, Kalyn! I love the tiny eight-ball zuke...so adorable!

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  5. Very nice! Are you going to fry up those zucchini blossoms, Kalyn? ;)

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  6. Next year I so need to get onboard with a garden

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  7. Looking good Kalyn!

    I'm at baby vegetable stage too only opposite seasons. My little patch is full of lettuce, swiss chard, rhubarb, leeks, spring onions (scallions), broccoli, cauliflower, celery, potatoes and asparagus. In the greenhouse I have broad beans, sugar snap peas, carrots and rocket (arugula). Plus the usual assortment of herbs and spices, parsley, coriander, thai basil, lemongrass, chilles, oregano, thyme, mint, Vietnamese mint.
    We;ve had a few days of rain here so I'm guessing there is a new crop of weeds waiting for me to tackle this afternoon.

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  8. The garden looks amazing! I would really love to have a vegetable garden, but realized I didn't have enought time to care for it. So I joined a community garden and will get my first harvest tomorrow - I can't wait!

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  9. Genie, the 8-Ball zucchini are a total winner. Such a useful shape!

    MaryAnn, hmm. I've never done that before. Will have to check how many blossoms I have.

    WMM, you MUST plant a garden! It's so fun.

    Dani, how fabulous to have a greenhouse. I'm kind of a lazy gardener when fall comes.

    TW, I think a community garden would be great if you don't have enough time or room. There's a nice one in Utah not far from my house.

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  10. Wow, your garden your is so much more advanced than mine. I'll have to wait another month before my plants start looking like yours. The downside of living in the north, I guess. :)
    Keep the updates coming. Really enjoying them.

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  11. your veggies are so cute! It's great your arugala is growing, I've never had luck with that.

    Cheryl

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  12. Your garden is looking great! We're already fighting pests and powdery mildew (due to all the rain in May) in parts of the garden, but hopefully the plants will survive.

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