Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Growing Challenge: Update!

Photos are all from the weekend, it's taken me this long to catch up. Saturday and Sunday were unusually hot, happily most of the plants have recovered but in the photos a lot were looking a bit thrashed.

Leeks & Cucumbers & Potato. All from seed. They are doing well. I'm impressed how fast the leeks are growing.

Carrots! One stem is so huge I'm thinking it may be a parsnip. We planted both, but not sure seeds ended up where. Time will tell what the root is.

Lettuce (from seedlings), Kale (from seeds) and Arugula (from seeds). The arugula bolted, we're still eating some of the leaves, but it's almost done.

Snowpeas are doing great, we are having them for dinner almost every night. Raw, steamed, in risotto, sauteed, you name it! They are growing like wild.

The beets aren't growing the leaves as fast as they were, perhaps their roots are growing more? We'll probably be eating more of those again, the greens are so sweet.

We've already picked two bowlfuls of strawberries this year. Is it the drip irrigation? the bees? the maturity of the plants? What I do know - they are plentiful and delicious!

The tomatoes & cucumbers (all from seeds) in bags are growing steadily.

The zucchini in pots are flowering! I'm glad they are doing so well.

As far as fruits and flowers go - that's summing it up! :) grow garden grow!


  1. Your garden looks great!! What an interesting way to grow your tomatoes in a bag, never heard of that!

  2. Your garden looks lovely. I'm curious: have you grown tomatoes in bags before? How does it compare to growing them in the ground, or in pots?

  3. Thank you! :) Re: the tomatoes in bags. Growing tomatoes in soil bags is something my partner has done in Britain with success. Over the last four years we've grown tomatoes in the regular vegetable patch, but they grow so full & leafy that they dominate other plants.

    This section of the yard doesn't grow things, despite much amending, soil turning, compost adding, etc. We decided to try the bags this year to use the space. Each bag is 1.5 cubic feet of soil. Small tears in the bags from the woodchips provide drainage. A drip system would be ideal with these.

    Tomatoes have shallow roots, so once the season is done, the tomato plants will go into the compost & the soil into the soil bin. The plants are thriving, and look as good as ones we've grown in the ground.

    And coming home this afternoon we saw the first flowers on them. Yay!