Friday, May 22, 2009

Garden Club 5/ 22/ 09

I think I missed a couple weeks, so I may have lost our few Garden Club members... spring is such a busy time here!

Anyway- my garden is looking great. My peas, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage all look great, but as of yet have no fruit on them. I am not sure if they will just look good but not produce, or whether we are still OK.

We have been eating turnips every day, so my spring garden wasn't an entire loss, I suppose. Oh yeah- and lettuce is still producing, although our spinach bolted. The kids don't like it as much, and since I send them to cut the salad greens before dinner, they didn't get much of the spinach.

Our peppers have flowers coming on them. Tomatoes are small, but we have solved our cutworm problem and they are now growing. Cucumbers are starting to vine. We have lots of cataloupe and watermelon planted, so we'll see how these do.

We are getting a few strawberries a day, but not enough to even give everybody one. I am not sure we'll keep them, since to give enough space to grow enough for us to feed us would take a whole other garden.

Our fruit trees and blueberry bushes are in the ground and looking great. We'll only get about 4 apples this year, and a handful of blueberries, but soon they will be fully producing. We have room For about 5-8 more fruit trees. I hope to get them in the fall.

Green beans are growing up their poles, but something is eating the corn... I am guessing it's deer. That particular garden is not fenced yet.

I have Thyme and Lavender from last year. The Thyme is ready to be cut back and dried. The lavender has lots of buds. When they bloom I will dry them too, hopefully for a wonderful sachet of potpourri!

And, although it is not from my garden, it IS part of feeding my family, we bought 3 flats of strawberries and made two of them into 20 pints of jam. The third one we froze whole strawberries to use in smoothies. The children LOVE to add milk, frozen strawberries, and a little sugar (or a lot depending on which child is adding it... I have one who figures if a little is good, a lot is better. We're working on it!). Yum, Yum!

That's all that's going on in my garden!!! What's growing in yours?


  1. How awesome to be able to see the fruits of your labor. I'm just now able to plant. We should be past frost danger. Don't worry about missing posts. I've only had time for one post in May.

  2. I can't believe you can do all of that while going to all of those doctor appointments and being pregnant. I am amazed. I get a lot done, more than most, but you outdo me my friend! It makes me want to make a road trip in your direction to see the fruit of your labor (or maybe I'm just wanting to get out of the Texas heat!). Lisa~

  3. Just curious how you solved your cutworm problem? My sister has been battling cutworms in her garden.

  4. I'm here! So glad Mercy had a great Doctors appointment.

    On to the garden-let me just say I am jealous of your turnips, I ate them for the first time this winter and fell in love. Were going to plant them for sure next winter (I'm in texas) Love hearing abot your progress. and I am linked up!

    Stinky Ol' Linky!
    Tons of squash today. Forgot to take a photo though. Maybe I'll have more for this Friday!