How Does Your Garden Grow?

GardenIt seems like only a few weeks ago when I was writing about planting seeds, but it was actually March 21.  It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 months, so I thought I would give you an update and let you know how I went about planting everything.

Even though I was on top of the seed planting, my transplanting outdoors was delayed.  Sure, I can blame it on the long winter and the rain we kept getting in the spring, and I can even blame it on the trip we took to Greece in May that took up my time Tilling(more recipes from that trip later), but, really, I was just late! 🙂  I finally tilled the garden and planted everything about a month ago, and, even though things are a bit behind, they are doing really well!

This year, I did try to be strategic about my tilling the garden.  If you turn the soil and then it rains in the next few days, it’s a bad scene.  All of those weed seeds that were just turned get fed with the water and start to grow.  However, if it’s warm and sunny, the seeds will dry out and die.  This year I seemed to time the tilling right and the weeds haven’t been that bad…so far.

Ready for PlantingOnce I got the tilling done, I was ready to plant.  You may remember I had a lovely diagram that I put together for my garden.  And, even though I had the best of intentions, my garden doesn’t exactly look like that diagram.  Things happen!  The beets didn’t quite make it when I took them outside…I didn’t end up with as many squash plants as I wanted…you get the idea.  So, no worries, I adjusted.  However, even Marigoldsthough you may need to make adjustments, I still stand behind the diagram!

After I planted, one trick I always use is planting marigolds around the perimeter of my vegetable garden.  I’ve found that this really keeps the deer away.  The one year I didn’t, the deer had a feast.  So I keep doing it!  I guess it could be a coincidence, but I’m not taking any chances. 🙂

I’m pretty happy with the progress and looking forward to a good yield.  If you’re growing this summer, how are your vegetables coming along?  Here is how things are coming along in my garden…

As you can see from the top picture, my tomatoes are starting to bloom…slow but steady!

The eggplants are coming along!

EggplantThe arugula is doing great…but pay no attention to those weeds growing in there! 🙂

ArugalaThe zucchini is getting huge!ZucchiniBaker Creek Heirloom Seeds was nice enough to send me some complementary red romaine lettuce seeds that are coming along!Red RomaineSince I didn’t have luck with all of my seeds, I did get some spaghetti squash to fill in, and it’s doing great!Spaghetti Squash

26 thoughts on “How Does Your Garden Grow?

  1. The Novice Gardener

    I love looking at your garden pictures, Nick. Your plants look nicely green and healthy. Mine not so much. My tomatoes, cucumbers, and yellow squash look okay. The rest, especially the greens and lettuce? A different story. Oh, well… I guess that’s why I’m the novice gardener. 🙂

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  3. Hilda

    I enjoy seeing pictures of other people’s gardens and how theirs are doing. We have a lot of plants in common, and roughly at the same stages – I too was for some reason a bit late, but things are catching up nicely. I never get all my marigolds to sprout but I also have some around the perimeter of my tomato field.

  4. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs

    Welcome to Fiesta Friday Nick!! What a gorgeous garden. I was late too this year, but I wish I had the same reason for being late that you did!! Nope, mine was purely lack of organization this year! I’ve heard that about marigolds, but I’ve never tried it. I live in a rural area, but for some reason, the deer stay away from our house! We’ve lived here 20 years,and I’ve never seen a deer, yet the neighbors down the road are plagued! Apparently my gardens aren’t good enough for their sophisticated palates! Thanks so much for sharing your garden and it’s progress! I can’t wait to see more! ❤


    Nice garden! Back in Manchester I had a bed of marigolds around a big fountain and one doe, on a regular basis, would deadhead all of my marigold flowers – meaning she ate them! I should post a picture of her – we called her “Goldie: 🙂 Basically if a deer is hungry there is no stopping her from eating your plants 🙂 P.S. I had a 12 foot fence around my 40 x 120′ garden and if someone wanted to “nibble” they had no problem getting in.

  6. catherinecuisine

    Hello! I am an urbain garderner, and I am using “Smart Pots” for the first time this year. One of my tomato plants is already 7′ tall! I am amazed be these results 🙂 You garden looks! I am thinking about trying arugula next year 🙂


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