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Thursday thoughts: How does your garden grow?

Posted June 16, 2011

Let's chat about our gardens this week! How is your garden doing? Are you enjoying any produce yet? Having any problems?

We are growing a smaller garden than usual this year. Since our focus this Spring was moving to a new home (well, new to us - not actually a new home), we did not plant until May, so our garden is not yet producing any produce. The plants are full of blossoms, though, so we should see some actual veggies very soon. We planted 4 tomato plants, 1 cuke, 1 yellow squash and 1 zucchini.  I can't wait for that first tomato and cucumber sandwich using veggies from our garden!

What did you plant this year? How is your garden doing? Feel free to send me any pictures of your garden to and I will post them here.  Above is a picture of our Squash plant in bloom.  Grow little plant, grow!


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  • momssmallvictories Jun 19, 2011

    Klw-do you mind sharing how you fought off the bugs organically? My son and I had started container gardens of veggies a couple years ago and they were ransacked by bugs before they grew to full maturity. I haven't had the heart ortimeto start another garden b/c I'm not sure howto fight them off organically...thanks for any advice!

  • snick1147 Jun 17, 2011

    I have cucumbers, squash and tomoatoes in containers. Even tho I have a nice sunny yard, I kept them close to the house because of the deer. Well, after my run this morning, I noticed the deer devadtated my cucmbers (I had just picked numbers 3 & $ the day before;) the varmints ate my only two green tomoatoes; but did not touch the squash...yet. I picked 3 sqaush a little early, better early than never :( This has been comparable to shopping HT on triples week... a lot of work and not much to show for it...

  • Oxymoron02 Jun 17, 2011

    My squash is actually dying, much to my general annoyance. :(

    I counted yesterday, and I have 5 tomatoes that will be pickable this week (3 cherokee purples, 2 romas) and about 35 more very green ones ranging from might-be-pickable-next-week to barely-half-an-inch-long-yet, and still many more tiny-weeny ones that the flowers have just died off of. I took note of my first baby green pepper this week. I have 4 cukes that are large enough to pick, but I'm holding out just a little longer because they are on the small size. The basil that volunteered all over the place will be wonderful with the tomatoes. :D

  • southern by choice Jun 16, 2011

    We don't have a really big garden but its been doing really good. We've put up 24 quarts of squash and zuchinni so far.I will be making a couple of loaves of zuchinni bread this weekend. I canned 12 quarts of potatoes this year first time doing that. Peas are all done. We planted white and purple onions they did really nice. I will be looking some corn this year to can or freeze haven't decided yet on that.

  • ccbloomrn2 Jun 16, 2011

    Hi, I plant m;y tomatoes in 5 gallon. buckets, they have various sizes of green tomatoes, also i have cukes in buckets plenty of blooms...My squash are ripe now and i'm freezing them...Cece

  • reneebmomof3 Jun 16, 2011

    knowles7806 - I have never froze tomatoes but I can them every year! It's very simple but it is a little bit of work! But then again...there is work in most anything worth having! Anyway...wash you tomatoes, cut both ends off, put them in your kitchen sink, boil water (you will need enough to cover the amount of tomatoes in your sink), pour the boiling water over your tomatoes until they are covered. This makes it easy to skin the tomatoes instead of peeling them! You will see the peeling start to crack and when this happens start removing all the peelings! Then quarter the tomatoes and place in a pot! Bring to a boil let them just barely boil for one hour. Get your quart jars warm in the oven by placing them in there and put oven on about 150. Remove them one by one, filling with the tomatoes. Put one teaspoon salt in the top, place your sealing cap on top and finish it off with the sealing ring. The rings will pop when sealed. Cool and place in your pantry. Enjoy!

  • reneebmomof3 Jun 16, 2011

    Typo - 56 quarts...LOL

  • reneebmomof3 Jun 16, 2011

    We have been very busy in our garden this year! We have a rather large one! We dug our potatoes a few weeks ago. I canned 59 quarts! 28 of which were peeled and we left the peelings on the other 28! Plus we gave a bunch to my parents, my husband's parents and his sister! I have also got a bunch of cukes! I think I am up to about 30 pints of pickles and have about a peck bucket or so in the fridge waiting! Butterbeans and peas will be ready in the next few days! JOY! JOY! We given up on growing our own bell pepper and tomatoes and corn so I just buy those from local farmers to can and/or freeze! I have got a busy few weeks ahead of me! Happy Gardening!

  • knowles7806 Jun 16, 2011

    Anyone know how to freeze either fresh tomatoes or have a recipe for marinara or spaghetti sauce with fresh tomatoes that can be frozen?

  • t0tAlChA0s Jun 16, 2011

    Thank you Faye. Nothing is to much effort, as much as I love fresh tomato sandwiches and not to mention they are cutting into my produce savings. This is the only time I get tomatoes...I just can't eat store bought ones. My neighbor has some wire they will let me use. They are waiting for tomatoes too. =)

    Yeah and when I told my cat he needed to start earning his keep and help me out with the birds...he gave me a yawn and a meow and went back to sleep.... =)