While you read this, I'm in Chicago attending the 2009 BlogHer Conference, where I'm having a great time hanging out with some of my best food blogger friends. I feel lucky that this is the 5th BlogHer event I've attended, and love having this chance to learn more about blogging. When I took these garden photos before I left, the garden had a healthy crop of weeds. I doubt I'll get many of those pulled until I get back, but luckily the veggies and herbs are still happily growing amid the weeds. Above is something I'm very stoked about; my Green Zebra heirloom tomatoes are really coming along. I'm not quite sure how to tell when they're ripe, but they're still pretty small so I think I'll give them a little longer before I try one.
I don't know why this 8-Ball Zucchini plant is so much smaller than my other squash plants, but finally I'm starting to get some of these lovely round zucchinis that are my favorite for Grilled Zucchini.
I'm guessing I should probably be cutting off some of the dead leaves on the bottom of my red cabbage, but they're starting to form into a head, and I should have cabbage pretty soon
I transplanted the chives that were growing by my fence into one of the herb beds, and they seem pretty happy there. (In the back you can see some of those weeds I was talking about!)
I love, love, love garden cucumbers, so I'm always excited every year when they finally start to come. This is the first one I've seen this year, about four inches long when I took this photo.
The dill is thriving and I'm making sure to let some seeds appear so I can hopefully have dill in this spot again next year.
These are a type of bean called French Beans. They grow on a bush, with the beans mostly towards the top of the plant. I picked a few but haven't cooked them yet, but I'm thinking I'm going to love these. (I'm not fond of climbing beans, too hard to keep them picked.)
It's a little hard to see, but my Japanese Eggplant has one eggplant appearing. These long, thin eggplants are great for stir-frying.
It was touch and go for a while there, but the curly parsley is thriving. When I get home I'll be ready to make Tabbouli and Middle Eastern Tomato Salad!
I've picked a few small spaghetti squash and made Spaghetti Squash Cooked as a Summer Squash, one of my favorite summer dishes.
Finally, one good thing about neglecting the garden a little is these volunteer tomatillos growing where I planted tomatillos last year! I'm thinking I'll keep a few and either transplant them or just let them co-exist with the cucumbers!
If you ask me, there's nothing quite as satisfying as growing your own vegetables! If you're growing a garden this year, I'd love to hear how your plants are doing. (You can see the other garden updates for this year by using the label 2009 Garden Updates. There are garden updates from other years in the right sidebar if anyone is interested. Links to commercial sites are merely to illustrate the type of plant and not necessarily an endorsement of that site.)