Thursday, June 24, 2010

Garden Update #1

I am a few days late in getting my pictures uploaded and this blog post written. What can I say? It is summertime...we have had a crazy schedule with Will's football practice...and I just haven't made the time to write.

But I did take pictures on Monday morning as promised. So...without further ado, a view of our garden.

You probably can't tell from this picture, but the first plant on the second row looks very different from last week. Here is a close up of our lone bell pepper plant from last week's photo.
Isn't it beautiful? However, last Tuesday (just after this photo was taken) Jim came home to find most of the leaves gone. We wondered why the deer would eat the pepper plant and not the peas...well, that is because it wasn't deer.

While watering the garden, I found a manduca quinquemaculata (otherwise known as a tomato hornworm) hiding on the stalk. My pepper plant now looks like this. :-(
Our first loss. But look how good the peas in the second row are coming in. :-)
Oh, and this past weekend, Jim and I put a flower bed in the back yard.
You can't see them, but there are iris tubes from Lea Ann's garden planted in the left half of the bed. I had a couple of society garlics and a Mexican heather that were supposed to go by the mailbox still sitting in pots, so we planted them at the edge of the iris's so that we wouldn't disturb them when we finished the bed.

Jim, Will and I planted the last row of the garden Wednesday evening with broccoli. Those sprouts should be showing up in a little over a week.

Stay tuned for next week's update. I will try to post the pictures in a more timely manner!


Allen and Rita Smith said...

Grandpaw would be so proud of you and Jim for planting a garden. Now all you need is a Jack. I swear that is why Grandpaw's garden always looked so great.


Anonymous said...

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your broccoli will most likely not make it. That is a "cole crop", meaning that it needs cold not hot weather. You should plant it the last of July or the first of August for your fall garden, or Feb for your spring garden. Congratulations on the garden, that is a LOT more than I have done this year. It seems that I am always in someone else's garden and not mine. Love Ya' Aunt Fran

August said...

I'm really enjoying your garden photos. I'm missing my vegetable garden this year. :(

Here's a link for Houston Parks and Recreation -Urban Garden Program - Gardening Guide if you haven't had a chance to check them out.

Doll Clothes Gal Pal said...

I love love love reading your posts and seeing your beautiful photos. Keep it up and please post more photos :) They truly are inspiring for someone like me who has never grown a plant in her life :D :D :D