WOWZA! What a good week for growing in the Northwest, things are really taking off in my garden. It’s looking bushy, bountiful and it’s getting hard to navigate between the raised beds!
Earlier this week we were able to harvest some lettuce for a simple salad with a little caesar dressing and sautéed mushrooms. YUM!
But today we harvested a bunch more produce! This is what having a garden is all about – “shopping” in your backyard. This morning I harvested red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, green beans, broccoli, peas, chives, spinach, tomatoes, carrots and some basil. I’m especially tickled about this because our fridge is nearly empty of fresh foods and without the garden I’d be making a trip to the store today for produce!
This little pepper is just chugging along, see a photo of it from last week. I have really enjoyed photographing my garden week-to-week and documenting the changes. Look at how far it’s come in only one month!
My spinach and lettuce is doing great! Do I need to thin out my carrots? When do you do this?
My pumpkin plant is trailing out and getting bigger! So excited for our pumpkins this fall!
The rainbow chard just keeps coming back! And I’m just not sure what to do with it. I’ve sauted it a couple times and it just got soggy, unfortunately I don’t think we are fans and I’m not sure I’ll plant it again next year. Sorry, chard-ie.
My zucchini plant is out of control. It’s HUGE. There are a ton of blooms and big leaves. But I’m having some trouble. My zucchinis seem to be rotting before they get big enough. I trimmed back the plant a bunch today – hopefully it won’t kill it. But there was so much stuff laying on top of each other that I thought it might be causing some rotting issues. It seems like the plant is spending a lot of time growing new sprouts and flowers – instead of growing the current zucchinis. Should I trim it? Or leave it alone?
I spotted this huge pickle in my garden this morning. I did plant pickling cucumbers but didn’t expect a pickle so soon. I have no idea how to pickle anything. My dill has gone to seed. And I only have one big pickle. What should I do with it – can I actually “pickle” just one of them? Should I let it grow longer? I’d love your advice! I have a bunch of smaller pickles on the vine, so I better figure it out before they come along.
My tomato plants seem to be getting bushier and bushier but only some of them have baby tomatoes. Again, I feel like there is a whole lot of energy putting into growing the plant and not the fruit. Should I wait it out? Should I be trimming them back? I have no idea – please help!
If you’re just now joining my gardening journey, I’m learning as I
go grow and sharing along the way:
- First I built the raised beds
- Then I added dirt
- Then I added plants
- and for fun, we created a DIY Worm Compost Bin
- and then Mavis came and gave me some advice – um, give your plants some room
- Our first harvest, lettuce rejoice and be glad
- June 23 – Saturday in the garden – built two more raised beds and harvested bok choy, cilantro, radishes
- June 30 – Saturday in the garden – Harvested green lettuce, swiss chard and bok choy, more greens pop up!
- July 7 – Saturday in the garden – Fava beans bloom, zucchini plant doing great, green/red leaf lettuce growing
- July 13 – Saturday in the garden – Zucchinis, Peppers, Greens, Beans, Carrots!
The garden is part of our quest to be more self-sufficient this year. We also recently got chickens! See our chicken journey here.
Amazon has The Pickled Pantry: From Apples to Zucchini, 150 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, Chutneys & More on sale for $13.19 (reg. $19.95)
How are things growing in your garden this summer?