The garden is a little slow-growing right now. I didn’t fertilize it with anything for the first 2 weeks because we were getting rain daily, and I didn’t want to over-water anything. I think the lack of fertilizer and the flow of water in the garden beds has slowed the growing of several plants. And I hate that I got such a late start with my garden. A lot of people are already harvesting vegetables, and mine are still tiny plants.
This past Thursday (June 19th) was the 3-week mark for everything being planted, so I went out to snap some progress pictures. I have fertilized the garden twice in the past week, so I am hoping the 6-week progress pictures will show a much fuller garden.
One zucchini plant looks like it’s pretty much dead (on the right). I am debating getting another zucchini plant to replace it.
The other one looks pretty decent and has a bloom about to open, but I’m afraid the bloom will fall off before it opens and is pollinated. That’s how the rest have been so far, and that’s what happened in 2012 with the zucchini plants I had planted in the ground.
The 3 okra plants look okay, but there hasn’t been much growth since they were planted.
The herb garden is so-so. The basil is not as dark of a green as it should be, but the chives are doing very good. So far, I’ve used some fresh dill and chives for recipes this past week for my Dijon tarragon chicken and my creamy corn. I finally got my hand-painted birdhouse glued to the post at the herb garden. Now if it didn’t look so awkward with the major settling of the dirt in the herb garden, it would be so cute! I do plan to do something decorative down the fence post between the birdhouse and the oregano, but I’m not quite sure what just yet.
The cantaloupe plants haven’t made much progress either.
My Early Girl tomatoes are doing well. I’ve only seen a couple of flowers on them so far, but they are growing pretty tall.
The beefsteak tomato plant is growing pretty good as well.
The Rutgers tomato plant I got from my dad is not doing so well. The color looks better (except for one leaf), but it’s still so small. We’ll see if it finally grows some since I’ve started fertilizing the garden.
I was somewhat worried about the cucumber plants there for a while. There was no visible new growth, and some of the leaves were turning yellowish. They’ve turned around thankfully, and I’m seeing a few flower blooms on one of them. Come on cucumbers!
The Italian green beans I planted from seeds are doing well.
The sweet banana pepper plant hasn’t grown much, but you can see some peppers about to start forming on the top.
The same goes for the jalapeno pepper plant. It hasn’t grown much, but you can see little peppers about to start forming.
The watermelon plants have recently taken off and are doing very well! One of the plants has put out a runner that has finally attached to the trellis I made.
My bell pepper plants aren’t growing very much at all as far as height. The yellow bell pepper plant doesn’t look like it’s doing anything; there aren’t any blooms forming.
You can see the beginnings of quite a few green bell peppers.
And there’s a mini red bell pepper already growing.
I have to mix the liquid fertilizer I use in a 2-gallon watering can and fertilize the garden that way for now. While doing this Thursday, I watched to see how the water ran and realized a lot of the plants might not be getting enough water. So I did a little irrigation digging to make sure all the plants would get adequate water. You can see some of the mini-trenches I dug around the plants so water wouldn’t run off so quickly. And you can tell in all of the pictures that most of the flowers in the garden are doing great!
And then there are the two herbs I have growing in containers on my deck. The mint is insane! I made some sweet tea with mint earlier this week but didn’t like the outcome. I couldn’t really taste the mint. Once I perfect the recipe, I’ll post it on the blog.
And the cilantro. Something needs to quit digging in the pot. I’m guessing it’s a squirrel trying to find a place to bury nuts.
And that’s the 3-week update for the garden. I’ll post another big update at the 6-week mark.