Sunday, May 2, 2010

Garden Update: Progress

(Please excuse the weeds, but take notice that they are AROUND the beds, not IN them.)

You've all been asking for it, so without further ado, here it is - an official veggie garden update. Well, y'all, I don't think I've earned my gardening badge yet. It seems the only way to really learn how to grow vegetables is through experience. That being said, my garden is not a failure just yet. The only plants we have pulled up so far were the cucumbers. I've re-worked the soil there and will try to plant new seeds or transplants in the next week. I'm determined that we WILL have cucumbers! :) As for the rest of the plants, there are yellow leaves throughout the garden and pests eating some of those leaves, but I am happy to report progress peeking through.

Although there are a few black spots on the stems and leaves of the bell pepper plants, I noticed this cute little fuzzy guy when I was poking around this afternoon. He may be a flower, he may be a pepper, but either way, he is progress.

I've also had a few yellow blooms on my tomato plants, but they have fallen off or closed up or just disappeared for some reason. I have some Miracle Gro tomato food I plan on using next week so hopefully that will give them a needed boost. Anyway, these little guys look like they will be my next tomato blooms:

And this, my friends, is my favorite sign of progress by far. About a week ago, I first noticed little white blooms on my bush bean plants. These plants have done well, despite the fact that some bugs have been nibbling on them, and today I noticed a change. You will too! Look closely and you will see the most adorable, teeny tiny beans just growing away! AH! Something that resembles a vegetable. :)

Finally, here a few more shots, including a slowly, but surely, growing zucchini plant, some gorgeous new lettuce growth, and the onions I really know nothing about. It sure is hard to know when you can't see what's going on, but I think I like it that way.

So, there it is - an update. :) Hopefully the next one will be a little more positive; however, as I don't exactly know what I'm doing, I'm lucky to have semi-good news a month after planting. I've sprayed a mixture of oil, water, and dish soap on some of those nibbled plants and I've got tomato food ready to go, so maybe we don't have anywhere to go but up? Here's hoping! Happy Sunday!

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