We had some friends visit our garden the other day who said it was even more impressive in real life than on the blog. That was heart-warming to hear because my husband and brother-in-law have really put their heart and soul (and sweat) in this production and it blesses all of us...abundantly.
We hear of so many first year gardens that don't do well. For all those who have asked, we keep our eyes peeled on the LSUAgCenter.com site. Of course that's local for our crops and won't work for other states but each state should have their own site to peruse.
The eggplants are reaching maturity.
Here's a picture of Annie enjoying a carrot.
The carrots are still quite small but...what the hay!
One must sample them when inspecting the garden to see how well they are growing and the only way to do that is to pull it up and once it's pulled from the earth we can't waste it...now can we?
And our blessed crop of watermelons...my favorite fruit. I was worried about these babies. Took forever to grow and sometimes the small ones disappear. We're suspecting squirrels. Such thievery! Our crop is small but we have about seven or so watermelons that are coming along.
We're hoping these little beauties are ready to enjoy by the 4th of July family get-together at Toledo Bend.
Cucumbers, my fav vegetable, are coming along nicely.
And the tomatoes! Oh, the tomatoes! I think we planted too many tomato plants. We have so many little green tomatoes. I'd be happy to share some with the squirrels. :-)
Tomatoes with their marigold-buddies (keeps the stink bugs away).
Annie plucks the first tomato of the season.
*Note: always set tomatoes to ripen upside down on their stem. This prevents soft spots from developing.
My husband thought it strange that I was taking this picture, but he doesn't understand blogging etiquette. LOL
The bags to the far right are leaves. We use these for mulch and to spread between rows to prevent excessive weeding.
Edited to add: The white trellis is 5-yrs-old and never been used. My husband made them when we lived at our other house and always planned to make a garden arbor and seat with them. Never happened. I think the plan now is to make an A-frame and use them for the cucumbers.
Thanks for stopping by. This gardening adventure wouldn't be nearly as fun if we didn't have friends to enjoy it with us. :-)