Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Night Photos: Picking Veggies and Baby Veggies Appearing (2010 Garden Update #5)

First garden veggies pickedEven if you're not a gardener, you can probably imagine how I was smiling as I picked my first garden produce of the year, radishes and one 8-Ball zucchini! Keep reading to see what other veggies are showing up in the garden this week.

I haven't spotted any baby green beans, but the beans are up and looking healthy. These are bush beans, which I find are much easier to keep picked.

The kale is coming up pretty well. I love Red Russian Kale, but this year I planted Tuscan Kale, so I can make Roasted Kale Chips!

The swiss chard is also looking healthy, and I'm going to trim some of the biggest leaves in about a week.

My collards are also growing well, but something is nibbling on them, and I'm thinking I need to mix up some soapy water and give them a spray. Any other ideas that don't involve pesticides?

I haven't had super good luck growing bell peppers, but this year I moved them next to my neighbors garage where there is a drip watering system, and the plants have quite a few baby peppers, so maybe they like it there!

All my squash plants have lots of baby squashes. This is yellow straightneck squash, something I grow every year.

The spaghetti squash is also loaded with little squashes. The other end of the bed where this is planted has a "mystery squash" plant (it was labeled as a cucumber, but I can tell it's some type of squash.)

This is the Flying Saucer Squash which I'm growing for the first time this year. They look a lot like Pattypan Squash, so I'm curious to see if there is a difference.

And the sight that makes every gardener's heart skip a beat; there's a nearly-ripe Brandywine tomato peeking out. My brother-in-law Clayton is a great gardener, and he gave me this plant, which he raised in his greenhouse. It has 12 tomatoes on it, more than any of my other plants. (Thanks Clayton!)

Just for Nate, here is how the heirloom tomatoes I planted from seeds are progressing. Nate sent me three kinds of heirloom seeds. It snowed on the tiny plants, but three tomatoes have survived and are doing well.

Finally, this is a super-closeup photo, but I also have some baby Roma Tomatoes on my plants, which means slow roasted tomatoes in my future!

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17 comments:

Jenn said...

How exciting to see everything prospering in your garden! I think there's nothing tastier and more satisfying than eating something that you grew yourself. Our garden is not doing very well this year due to the lack of sunshine in the Pacific Northwest. I've been able to harvest a ton of radishes, but have run out of things to do with it. There is only so many salads and roasted radishes I can eat! :)

☺lani☺ said...

I love picking vegetables! Nice presentation of your picking veggies, can't wait to see others when they're ready to pick!
Have a nice weekend!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

What makes me most envious is that you don't have deer eating everything in your garden! Your veggies look beautiful. There's nothing like the sight of the season's first tomato, even if it's in someone else's garden.

Fresh Local and Best said...

I am so excited for your garden! There's nothing like homegrown squash and tomatoes, the flavors are so much more superior.

Cookin' Canuck said...

Your garden is really blossoming. Those radishes look fantastic and I am so envious of that Swiss chard. I promise myself to plant some next year.

Bonnie Welch said...

These photos are great!! I can only imagine how fun it will be when you have lots of veggies and can use them in your fabulous recipes!

Jacqueline said...

It is very exciting Kalyn. I am very much just a herb and chilli growing gal, so I am muchly impressed :)

dibear said...

Isn't having a veggie garden wonderful? I too love being able to pick my own veggie and eat them practically off the vine. I've got over 20 Heirloom tomatoes in our garden and I can't wait to sink my teeth into them. A tomato sandwich, YUM!

dibear said...

We've been able to harvest squash and bush beans so far. I'm anxiously anticipating our heirloom tomatoes. We have about 20plants. I alsohave canning tomatoes - about 9 plants. :)

It has been a scorcher here in E.Tennessee, if we don't get rain we will have to start watering the garden ourselves. And, it's a big garden!

Karina Allrich said...

These photos make me miss gardening. It's so exciting to watch the fledgling plants grow strong and produce. Inspiring!

Christine said...

That's a beautiful garden you have there, Kalyn. I'm envious. Oh, to pick radishes right out of your own beds!
Because of the late and hard rains we've had, I'm just now weeding and cleaning up the winter mess so I can begin planting. I do have tomatoes and peppers in the greenhouse.
Happy gardening!

Andrea Meyers said...

Lovely! Our chard is almost ready for picking and I should be able to harvest some when I get back from F&L workshop next week.

Really Rainey said...

Your garden looks fabulous! Summer heat here in Arizona is starting to "slow roast" my tomatoes on the vine! Hehehehe... Seriously... everything looks fantastic in your garden! Can't' wait for an update!

~Really Raine~

Bruno said...

Hi Kalyn,

Your garden's coming along well this year despite getting snowed on!

I wish I could say the same for mine... the conditions started out perfect here and then got wacky! Today I will put some lime down to adjust the pH. I'm hoping that helps my plants to fill out.

Kalyn said...

Most of these comments were published from the iPhone, so sorry I haven't been responding! I'm really happy about how my garden is coming along after the rainy and snowy few weeks we had in Utah.

PJ said...

how exciting to see all these veggies blooming in your garden, Kalyn! This is the first year I am living in a place with backyard so I have a few herbs and vegetables planted; I get so excited even at the sight of the baby tomatoes and mint growing from seeds! Its just so much fun and rewarding...

Dino Blog said...

I am really excited to find a site with South Beach diet friendly recipes! I, too, have some baby Roma tomatoes going. So far, I've only harvested 3. I noticed you have some leafy vegetables in your garden. I live in Austin, Texas and can only grow them in the winter here due to the heat. I love having fresh lettuce in the garden.

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