Wednesday, July 16, 2008

It's a sunflower hat!

Here is how the 4 year old measures up to the sunflowers.
Pole beans getting bigger each day.
We found this green guy creeping around on a nice zucchini leaf...not sure if he is a good guy or a bad guy but we were thinking that it is called a bush cricket.

Woohoo!! Our first zucchini!!
The sunflower is taller than my daughter :-)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The parlsey patch is growing huge! To think these started from some really tiny leggy seedlings...amazing.
Here is the herb garden. I have to say that today I spent about an hour weeding it today and it looks better now than it does in this picture. I love working around herbs and the wonderful aroma's. I can't wait to expand my herbs next year!
Gooseneck Longstrife growing along the house. The are starting to flower after not growing a whole lot this year. But it seems that anything I transplanted doens't grow a whole lot this year and hopefully next year they will continue to grow and spread around this section.
My favorite hobby :-)
Heirloom tomatoes growing!!
These tomato plants are some of the ones I started from seeds in late Feb/earlyMarch. These plants were on the verge of plant death as they got way too wet and the leaves started turning yellowish/purplish. Out of the goodness of my heart I planted them all and low and behold they really perked up and turned green again. I am most proud of these plants since they started from tiny seeds!
I love this picture.
This is yellow and red rudbeckia flowers.

This is the other UP (unidentified plant). Can anyone name this for me? I have several of them growing from our mystery seeds. Edited to add that it may be parsnips, but their leaves look much more defined and sharper when I googled it. We will just wait and see what these turn out into.
I sure do hope this plant is a weed, lol, since I pulled them all out of the garden today. Edited to add that it is or should I say was aramanth, the flowering kind, not the edible kind. Since discovering the name and googling it, it can grow quite tall and I am not feeling too bad about picking it, lol. But now I know!
Hmm, I wonder what this large leaf is growing out from under the lemon balm? I am sure it came from my mystery packet of seeds, any ideas?
Tomatillo's growing

Lemon cuke...growing really fast!
Here are the lemon cuke's about 2 weeks after that picture above. I love how they are climbing the fence. Wonder how these will taste? Not too bad for free seeds :-)
Beautiful cuke flowers
Tomato alley is getting thick, lol. There are about 6 plants in each plot, not that you can tell any more!

These babies are growing really fast. We have harvested about 8 or so of them.
So far we have harvested 3 banana peppers!
I think green bean flowers are one of the most beautiful flowers I have seen!

Love these zucchini flowers when they are open in the morning. We have 3 growing on one plant and one on two other plants. I can't wait!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Ok, so I had to add just 3 more pictures, lol. My wonderful husband brought home 14 handmade tomato cages and a truck load of grass clippings from a co-worker. I never thought that playing with grass clippings would be something I wanted to do, however in light of benefitting my soil, I am thrilled. The grass clippings made my yard smell like a farm (I like farms too), but the smell is getting better, lol. Even my youngest daughter walked outside and said, woowee, it sure stinks out here! So here is a shot of the garden.
Here is a close up of a tomato cage. Nice, huh? I am a lucky woman to have such a crafty husband!

Afternoon sun shining down on those pretty tomato cages!
First flower, so pretty!

This is some garlic I planted on a whim last fall. Wonder what is going on with this plant? It looks like there is a clove starting to form mid stem?
Herb garden, got some feverfew starts and a camomile plant
The rest of the herb garden, parlsey, oregano and catmint all doing great. Oh there is some sage seedlings in there too.

Purple sage, rosemary, oregano and thyme.
Lemon balm growing, I love the smell of this! But what are the leafy plants growing among the lemon balm? They are from our mystery seeds for kids packet and have several locations in the garden. I am hoping they are flowers?
Basil tucked in among the tomatoes doing well.

White yarrow along outside of garden.
Mystery plant growing among the seeds for kids with the little white flower on top, anyone know what this is? ***It is Buckwheat!
What are these little black bugs eating happily on my tomatillo plant? If I spray it with soapy water, they stay away until it rains, but then they are back.

Here is my little turtle dove in the garden again. I love those birds!

Mystery plant growing in the seeds for kids area, spinach maybe?

This mystery plant has beautiful green leaves, but I have no clue as to what it is?

broom corn, bush bean seedlings, basil seedlings, cilantro and jack be little growing along the fence

broom corn and regular corn, some sage just sprouted but you can't see it too well here
This is my seeds for kids area...I have a few mystery plants coming up in my next post I need some help identifying. I bought this package for .75 as seeds that didn't pass germination tests or seeds that were left overs. Lots sprouted and it has been a fun spot to watch in the garden. I think I ordered them from Bountiful Gardens.
zucchini plants growing bigger

dill, cosomos, sunflowers, and a couple of radishes left