Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Garden Update!

The first tomato!

Far left raised bed, all my herbs. The middle bed is all tomato plants. The far right is all different kinds of peppers. The new bed in the ground is freshly planted with carrot and cucumber seeds.

My beautiful Basil plant!

My lettuce patch! I really need to get down there and pull some weeds...

My Mesclun lettuce mix!

My green lettuce.

I have been skipping the farmer's markets the past 2 weeks, because our fridge is completely broken. Luckily, we have a mini fridge that could use while we wait for our new fridge to come in (of course it was backordered). So, I avoided the tempation of buying tons of food and meat at the markets by just not going. I have been actually quite depressed about it. BUT, our fridge is supposed to be here on Thursday, so I should be at the markets this Saturday, stocking up!! We also ordered a new dishwasher, which we had installed today:

I love that the floor is reflected on the front of the dishwasher. Yes, that is the Barefoot Contessa on my TV in the background, hehe. I will hopefully post a report of what I got at the markets this weekend, if I have time! I am headed to the pride festival on Saturday with my good friend, and then to see a bunch of drag queens play softball on Sunday for Bat-N-Rouge. Should be a lot of fun!

Monday, June 02, 2008

I was exhausted this past Saturday, and decided to skip the farmer's markets. I woke up at 10:30 and immediately regretted it. I suppose I could have hurried to the market and gotten some things, but I knew all the strawberries were probably gone, and that is what I was really craving. Needless to say, I will be at the markets this weekend, and buying loads of strawberries and other goodies.

I did get a small herb/veggie garden planted a couple weeks ago, though. I bought all the plants at various vendors at the Worthington market.

The top section has 2 kinds of tomatoes, Better Boy and Celebrity varieties. There are also red bell peppers and a I think a couple yellow pepper plants. the bottom section has green bell peppers and a couple more yellow peppers, jalepeno peppers, and two fennel plants. There are also all the herbs. Basil, rosemary, thyme, tarragon, oregano and 2 parsley plants.

We got a little excited and bought a few too many plants. I had to order another garden bed, where I will probably move most of the peppers, to give everything the room it needs to grow huge and delicious. I got the beds from a great gardening website. Click here for a link directly to the two-tiered bed I bought.

The funny thing is, my neighbor also planted a garden the day before I did mine, but I think her location is not the best choice. I guess we will see by the end of the summer who has the greener thumb!

I also planted a lettuce patch:

I planted some heritage red leaf lettuce, plain green leaf, a mesclun mix, and spinach. The red leaf and green leaf were planted more than a week ago, and are already coming up, as you can see in the picture. How cute! I think I will be eating a lot of salads soon...